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This is a story of how I rescued and repurposed my biggest Pinterest fail with a staple gun and a glue gun, and turned it into a diy French chair with graphics.
I have had this chair for about 12 years. My husband found it at a tent sale at a nice furniture store with one of the legs broken off for $5.
The leg came with it, so he nailed it back on. I want to say that it is a heavy and well made chair, but since we purchased a three legged chair it may not be that well made. If you do not have a French chair, you can usually find one at a thrift store.
After much research on Pinterest, I decided to makeover my old chair and paint it with chalk paint. My family thought it was a stupid idea, but I assured them that it would work, because I saw it on Pinterest!!
Here is a photo of my paint job after about 6 coats. No lie, that sucker was sucking up the expensive chalk paint like a sponge! And it felt like sandpaper when you touched it. I could see that if I continued to try to paint the chair, my chair was going to cost a fortune, and be too painful to sit on.
The worst part was my family was right! It was a stupid idea. I know people paint upholstered furniture all of the time, but I guess my problem was the material that my chair was made with.
I head to my favorite fabric shop, the Thrift Store, to find someone’s leftover fabric to cover my chair. Paying $2 for fabric makes projects so less stressful. If I cut it wrong or damage it, it’s no big deal!
I really wanted a french graphic on the chair. My decor is not cottage, it is more traditional, so I thought this graphic from Graphic Fairy was a little whimsical and would look good with my decor.
Her graphics are so beautiful and free to download. She has tutorials showing how to transfer the images.
I tried the Modge Podge way on a scrap piece of fabric, and I was not pleased at all. I went with wax paper method, and it worked great!
The instructions do not say to dampen your material, but you need to dampen it with a damp rag before placing the wax paper down. I tried it both ways, and the transfer hardly stuck on the dry material.
I took apart the 2 cushions and 2 pieces of trim. I covered the trim and glue the material on with a glue gun.
I stapled the material to the back of the cushion, and I stapled the trim to the back of the cushion with staple gun.
Stapling the back into the wood was the only part that was hard to do. I had to get my husband to staple the back on.
I stapled the trim onto the wood under the cushion, and then sat the recovered cushion on top.
I am pretty happy with my diy french chair with a graphic, and I am hoping that my family forgets my huge Pinterest fail!
If you can not find a used chair, Target has a good price on a French chair. You can still add a graphic to the Target chair.