what I want vs. what I can have

Oh you guys, I know this has been a slow start, but there is a lot going on behind the scenes over here!  I have about a dozen artists working on guest blog posts, some you’ve heard of, others maybe not.  They’re all different, but I ask them all the same questions in our “miniviews” (mini-interviews).  They’re in the works, and I can’t wait to get them on here!

Another thing I want to do is sort of a show-and-tell.  I want people to show how they got that look of a fabulous French find, from a thrift store of flea market.  So, I thought I would share one of my recent scores.

I love those amazing French upholstered, wood-trimmed arm chairs.  Like this one, from Layla Grayce.  The Eloquence chair runs about $1450.00.

I realize that’s not a horrible price for such a wonderful chair, but, honestly, it’s about $1350.00 more than I can devote to a chair that my children would not be allowed to touch.  I may spring for one when they’re much older.  Like retired.  So, my dreams of a fabulous French chair seemed to be on the back burner for now.

Then, I ran into this monstrosity at the local thrift store:

Now, I know it looks bad.  The upholstery is hideous and filthy, the caned side panels have a hole in them.  It was smelly and dusty.  But it was $4.95.  Yes.  FOUR dollars and NINETY-FIVE cents.  I had been getting my upholstery-mojo courage up from reading all the makeovers over at Miss Mustard Seed, so I thought, what the heck, for less than $5, I can take a chance on it.

Then, it sat in my garage for about a year.  I was terrified.

Finally, I forced myself to just dive in.  It was overwhelming, to say the least.  But I did it, one step at a time.  Here is the “after”:


It’s not exactly the same look, I know, but it’s close enough for my life for now!  I still won’t let the children touch it.  Isn’t that pillow pretty?  That was a lucky TJ Maxx find.  Here is another view of the chair:

If you want to see more photos and explanation of the steps I did to get from lemons to lemonade on this piece, click on over to my other blog, HollyAbston.com to read all about the process.  I love thrift store furniture!  Do you have a blog with a great thrifty furniture makeover?  Link to it in the comments so we can all come check it out!

6 Responses to what I want vs. what I can have

  1. Heather says:

    I think your make over turned out awesome!! I am going to check out your how to in case I find a chair I can’t pass up. I did see some that were very similar at TJ Maxx yesterday but didn’t both looking at them because I have no place for them but at $5 I could find a place.
    Here is the link to my best furniture make over… http://boobyfish.blogspot.com/2011/07/hey-look-pictures.html an $8 thrift store dresser turned into an entertainment center for out living room. I have a few other before/ after projects that I am working on too.. guess I better take those before pix 🙂

    • Holly says:

      Thank you, Heather! I’m off to check out your makeover link again, I remember seeing it when you first did it and it was awesome!

  2. Amy says:

    Wow! That is a really gorgeous chair!!!

    • Holly says:

      Thanks, Amy. It was pretty amazing to see that I could actually do it, can you believe the difference? I’m itching to do more, but I really have no room for any more chairs in my smallish house!

  3. Michelle says:

    Your chair looks gorgeous, Holly! I have often wanted to buy old chairs to fix, but I am too scared to try reupholstering! You did a fabulous job!

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