Thursday, July 22, 2010

Finished Parsons Chairs

First off, I want to point out that this is my first ever sewing project & I did it without a pattern. My mom helped me make one as we went along, she also helped with the layout of everything & gave me tons of helpful pointers & answered all my stupid questions but other than all that, I did all of the actual sewing myself! I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. Sorry for the grainy pictures, I could use a new camera. I love the results though, for this huge change I only spent $10 per chair. They're so comfortable too, that's all I need is another reason to hang out at a table full of food!

Just a reminder of what they looked like when I started-in person you could see the stained fabric, it almost looked like paint spots. Click here and here to see the full "before" post.

Here's a side view- the scrolled back took FOREVER! I do think it makes the chairs look nicer though. So a re-cap of what I did was: removed the long fabric skirts, un-upholster the legs, fill all the staple holes (about 1,200 in all!) with spackle, paint the legs with a base-coat then apply the stain with a wood-grain technique & cover with a coat of polyurethane. The last one is obvious, but I then made the slipcover out of cotton duck so it's washable & hopefully kid proof.
As my mom & I were making the final adjustments on the slip cover I kept telling her how good I thought it came out & that it looked like something from Pottery Barn (keep in mind my crappy camera does it no justice-it looks way better in person). When I got home I looked on Pottery Barn's website & found this chair-looks pretty close to me!
Except for one huge difference:

Total cost for the Pottery Barn chair - $200 (that's a sale price!)

Total cost for my chair - $10 -Thank you Melissa! (she gave me the chairs)

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  1. Your chair looks way cuter than the Pottery Barn one. The scroll back makes a huge differance!

  2. They look fantastic!!! great job!! can't beat 10.00 for a chair that great!

  3. You did an awesome job! I bet they do look better in person than any old Pottery Barn chair.

  4. I love these! I am visiting from It's So Very Cheri's It's so very Creative party. Glad I stopped by - I NEED some parsons chairs and would love to have the covered like yours! I do not sew myself so I will have to get someone to help me. Thanks for the inspiration!!


  5. Well done what a tranformation & your first time too looks like you have a knack for these things, im new too all this to (scary but fun hey)Im your newest follower


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