BURLAP, HOT GLUE, & MAGIC
Once upon a time, all I could think about was finding the perfect accent chair for the corner of our basement. In my bouji head, all that would suffice was a Restoration Hardware Versailles chair. Aaron stopped me from taking out a personal loan in the amount of $2395, so the Versailles wasn’t an option. I had to keep my eyes open for something quirky, industrial, with good “bones” for an ambush makeover. One day, whilst on a friends shopping trip, we made a stop at the thrift store. And as I was wandering the aisles, there it was. A tiki chair. And it spoke to me. Actually, it screamed at me. “TAKE ME HOME AND MAKE MAGIC TO ME!” I went Fairy Godmother all over that Cinderella chair. Here is the tale:
Tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki chair, next to RH Versailles chair.
First order of business was taking care of the orangy wood color. I wanted the driftwood look, so a gray-washing was necessary. I happened to have several gray paint samples lurking the garage. I mixed a couple of them, and watered it down. I brushed it on and wiped it off with a rag. I wanted the wood grain to show through the gray. It worked.
The gray wash was the easy part. It was tricky to figure out how I was going to “upholster” this chair. Since I would be adding to it, I had to think of how/where I would attach fabric and batting. It sounds lame, but I thought I’d give hot glue a try. After attaching the first piece, it was SO STRONG. We tugged and tugged and tugged, and it didn’t budge. So we carried on.
I would put a line of hot glue on the wood, fold the burlap, and stick it to the frame. I was worried that it would look too “arts & crafts” from hot glue strings. Hot glue strings are like those fly aways that your hair has on a bad hair day. And I didn’t want this chair to look like it had a bad hurr day. Ain’t gonna happen! Not with its Kool-Aid hurr… it’s less ghetto, but dramatic. (Glozelle anyone?)
And then, it was a matter of keeping going. And trying not to burn my skin off my finger tips. (Which I was completely successful at.) I did 91% of the chair with this POS glue gun. Lord have mercy on those who use hot glue guns with no triggers. I feel for you.
Covering up the wicker, gonna make it slicker…
I’m no expert sewer, so don’t ever turn here for sewing advice. I bs-ed my way through making cushion covers. They fit. It’s a Cinderella-Chair miracle.
This fancy stuff is nail-head trim strips. Every 5 holes is here you put the actual nail. It was easy to tack up. It took minutes.
TA DA! It’s almost done. All I had left was the backing, and… I ran out of glue sticks. Aaron picked some up for me at the store, along with…
THIS! A glue gun from the 21st century. It has a TRIGGER! Now I don’t need to stick my finger down the melting hole. Don’t know if you’ve ever stuck your finger in a melting hole, but I would advise against it.
My last and final blister. Good thing I don’t work at the airport anymore. I am now missing all finger prints. Anyone want to hire me for committing a crime?
Here is the final reveal for Cinderella-Chair:
The tenants call this my bossy chair. Something gets into me when I put my bum in that seat. “Karl, fetch me water! Matt, take out the dog! Aaron, rub my feet! Addi, give me clothes!” I just spit out commands and can’t even control myself.
But the bossy chair really does look sharp planted in the corner. Just as I always imagined it. I foresee the construction of a little footstool happening for it.
Now it’s your turn. What things have you transformed lately? Used any burlap or hot glue? SHARE!