Yes, you heard that right. FOUR FRIGGIN HOURS. I know I have long hair and that it isn't the easiest in the world to deal with, but come on people. The first two hours is fun, me time. Magazine, water, the odd Iphone check. Pretty sweet, right? Hour three starts to get tedious and when I start nearing hour four, I get angry. Seriously.
In other news, I have an "after" to show everyone!!! After many many months, the Craigslist Chairs are done! Before I get to the updated pics, I'm going to repost my blog post from September 13, 2010 for all the new readers out there.
I've been holding out on this post for a while, but I think it will be quite a bit longer before they are totally 'done' so I will show you were I am so far :-)
Okay - let's start at the beginning for those of you who haven't been reading so long (or who don't have my craigslist purchased memorized - tsk tsk).
1. Buy some AWESOME chairs on Craigslist thanks to Shannon's sleuthing skills.
2. Think about keeping them as is - they are pretty nice right? Unfortunately, the wood tone is very similar to our floors, and it just didn't work for us.
3. Think about alternatives and land on a photo that inspires both me and my husband (and that NEVER happens!)
4. Wait months because summer (and laziness) gets in the way.
5. I use white spray primer first on the caning and then a double coat of the ever-popular "Heirloom White" by Rustoleum.
6. Leave chairs to fester for a few weeks. I told you, I get lazy!
7. Spend what feels like hours taping magazine pages to the caning of the chair. This isn't as easy as it looks!
8. Next up, spray the visible parts with grey primer.
9. I then gave it a good coating of glossy black spray paint (Rustoleum again).
10. Get very excited when you see how nice it looks - the shape of the chairs was screaming for this kind of makeover!
11. Take off the paper and voila!
In all honesty, there were a few spots where the black found its way through layers and layers of "How-To"'s and Special K ads. I just took a sponge and sprayed it with extra Heirloom White and just dabbed it on the spot. No problem!
12. Bring them inside and revel in the glory of something that actually turned out how I had hoped!
I love the back view - it is like this chair really came to life with the makeover!
So there it is - a makeover that flies in the face of natural-wood lovers, but that makes me very happy!
So next up we are going to put a high gloss lacquer on the black wood and we have to get new cushions - am thinking of making slipcovers so that over time we can easily change the colour etc.
Hope you like the transformation!!!
13. Spend eons deciding on fabric. See here.
14. Pick a fabric. Go to order it. Find out it is out of stock.
15. Kick something for being perpetually indecisive.
16. Search all over the web to find the fabric (and hopefully a deal).
17. Give up and buy the damn fabric here.
18. Send the chairs off with our upholstery guy.
19. Go on holiday to Jamaica!
20. Get the chairs back and do a little happy dance!!
So there you have it! It took a while, but our Craigslist finds are complete!!
What do I think of them now? I like them :-) I think they will look better with our usual rug (we put our good rug in another room until all of the renos are done) and once they are more worn in. The cushions are a little...FULL for my liking but they will soften up over time for sure.
The family room still doesn't totally work yet, but we are getting there. I love Brooklyn Limestone's gallery wall that she did recently - maybe that would help our tv wall:
Source: Brooklyn Limestone
Any other ideas? Do you have any DIY makeovers to share? Link up in the comments!