I am home for two months before I go to med school and following my undergraduate degree. For some reason in my boredom (apart from working at JC Penney), I decided to start perusing Craigslist for furniture that I could rework and restore into better and improved pieces. Having lived in completely furnished apartments previous to this, I also am looking forward to building my own apartment, completely designed by me. That being said, I am broke. Like, seriously. So poor. But from my financial cushion, I decided I could spare a few bucks to put into some pieces. The original plan was to sell most of them, but I decided I liked a few too much to give them up. I justify this by rationalizing that I really haven't spent much money on these pieces compared to what I would have buying them new or even used somewhere. And I can make my own color schemes.
Here's a tidbit of what I've done so far.
End Table: haggled down to $25 local thrift store Paint and sandpaper accessories: $20 Home Depot Accessory drawer (that has since changed because I hated the gray one): $8 TJ Maxx
Total into this piece: $53 Not great, but not bad.
I anticipate using it for an entryway surface to put keys, letters, papers, etc. Maybe a nice lamp like I have it set up in the picture.
Next is my reclaimed chair. I found this chair on craigslist and after Pinteresting all kinds of reupholstery projects, I fell in love with this chair and NEEDED IT.
I have never reupholstered in my life, so that was interesting. Though it wasn't as bad as I thought it was. They keys to doing a good job are:
take notes as you deconstruct the original fabric
Label each piece of fabric and the top and bottom. Number them 1-#. The last number will be what you put back on first.
Get excess fabric. I luckily bought enough (7 yds upholstery fabric that I used for an ottoman too) but Joann's ran out, so if I needed more I would have been SOL.
Get cute upholstery tacks. They will help with the design
Use deep staples. Mine aren't quite deep enough and the fabric will be easy to rip off if I reupholster. I'm keeping this piece, so I don't really mind.
Overall spending.: Original Chair - $40. Craigslist Upholstery Fabric and Tacks: $60 with Joanns sale and coupon. Sewing Machine and thread - already had. Clothesline rope for piping: my mom had some laying around!! Staples and Staple Gun: $20 Wood stripper: $5. Poly and Natural Stain: had laying around
Total into this chair: $125. Not bad at all! Considering it is my own fabric choice and the craftsman ship is pretty darn good (in my humble opinion). I just love how the wood turned out on the feet. SO PRETTY.
Dozer enjoying the chair
My mom kept insisting that I make an ottoman to match the chair, though I wasn't really in to the idea. However, I was at Goodwill one day (looking for my next steal of a deal) and found an ottoman in great shape for $5. I still had a lot of fabric left over from the chair project, so I decided to give it a go. Here is an incomplete photo, as I am still adding piping to the bottom piece and need to staple it all in. It's one piece of sewn fabric with many intricacies, so that is a bit difficult to do. I decided on the green piping to make it pop a little bit more and to match the chair decorative edging. So far I'm really happy with it.
I also have a coffee table I am stripping, sanding, staining and hoping to get off my hands. No way am I going to move that big guy around. It's a great solid wood piece but won't make it with me on the 12 hour trip to MN.