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Thrift Chair Update

I purchased this chair many months ago from a local thrift shop with the intention of doing a little update and then replacing the large wooden office chair in my daughter’s room with this one.  At the time I had no idea that her room would be going through a complete overhaul, but thankfully I procrastinated held off on the project just long enough to make sure the update would coordinate with her new room colors.

The $2 Thrift Chair Before:

thrift chair beforeThe seat removed from the chair frame really easy with just a few screws and unsnapping of the legs from grooves on the bottom of the seat .  My concern was whether or not the two pieces of the seat would separate just as easy, but really no problems there either.  I used a flat head screwdriver and worked my way around, gently prying the two pieces apart.  This is what I had once done…

thrift store chair seatThe chair frame minus the seat…Nothing too dramatic there.  The wet purple rag is soaking the goodwill tag, so that I could remove it easily without any residue.   After the tag was removed, I did some sanding to remove a little rust and create a good base for the new paint.   I limited the paint choices to what I already had on hand to keep this project budget friendly (the current budget is $0 :) ).  Luckily, I had two partial cans of gray spray paint.  One was a Rustoleum dark semi-gloss spray in grey and the other also Rustoleum in a metallic grey – it’s official title – Dark Steel.  The Dark Steel was what I used to update the lamps in my bedroom, so I already knew I loved the color.  Plus, her rug is mainly a dark charcoal grey so it was a color already being used in her room.  I used the semi-gloss as a base coat and the metallic for the top coat.  I just barely had enough between the two.

thrift store chair frame

The seat was actually an easy project too.  I kept waiting for some big problem to arise, something to break or not fit.  You know the things that always pop up when you think a project is going to be super simple.  My kharma must have been good that day because the seat recovering was over and done in no time.  I used some left over shaggy hot pink fabric that was originally used on the DIY faux shag rug previously in my daughter’s room (before the latch hook rug was completed).  She loves the fabric, so it was an easy choice.  I wrapped it around the existing seat, cut off the extra leaving an inch or so around all the edges (the photo below is before I trimmed the excess), then flipped it fabric side down placed the metal base  inside the top and pushed the two pieces back together.  A rubber mallet helped really snug the two pieces back together completely.

thrift store chair new seat

After letting the paint dry on the frame for another day (I waited a full day on the seat before recovering it), it was time to see how it would all work together.  As with the rest of this project it all went back together with no problems, which really is just so weird for me.

Here is the updated thrift chair:

updated thrift chair

It’s crazy what a little bit of fabric and a couple coats of paint can accomplish.  It’s little projects like this that keep me coming back to thrift stores to find something old to make new again.

thrift store chair ba

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DIY Towel Rack Ideas

We moved into this house last April and the kids have been without a towel rack for most of that time.  It’s not like their bathroom didn’t come with one.  It’s more like they somehow managed to pull it off the wall in under two months.  This is how it looks now…

missing towel rack

Not very functional is it?  It was on my list to change out or fix anyway, but just not like right then…or several months later either apparently.  I mean every towel bar the builder’s installed in this house is not level.  Every. single. one.  Or the other problem is that all the hand towel rings are like 3 feet above each counter.  Apparently, only really tall people are allowed to use hand towels.  The kids can’t even reach the towels when hung from them.

But I think I have finally reached my limit in picking wet towels up off the floor every night, which apparently I have high tolerance level for considering it’s been this way for months.  Anyways,  the problem is I haven’t decided how exactly I want to decorate the bathroom as a whole and that has kept me from replacing the original towel bar.  I’m always drawn to DIY – can’t help myself – and now I’m going to share a few of my favorite finds so far.

Barnwood Towel Rack – Probably more beachy than anything I would want to do, but I love this look and those towels.

easter & barnboard rack 017pmColor Block Towel Rack – Like this one because I think the kids would like their “own” specific space for towels and other wet items (especially during summer).

color block towel rackSimple DIY Towel Rack –  I am drawn to this one for it’s simplicity and I have everything I need to make one very similar already on hand.  Another big plus.

diy towel rack 2Copper Towel Rack – I like the look of this one, but unfortunately I get a feeling of deja vu when I see a traditional towel bar.  I see visions of more holes in my wall where the towel bar used to be.  Maybe there is a way to create towel hooks versus a bar using copper pipe?  Hmmm…

DIY Copper Towel RackCrazy long Industrial Style Towel Bar – Another towel bar, so probably a no go – you know the whole deja vu thing, but I love how it looks.  The bathroom isn’t very big, but this might look really cool running along the one long wall.

long towel bar

I think I am still leaning towards hooks in the kid’s bathrooms because there is a much better chance of them throwing a towel onto a hook versus taking that extra second or two to loop over a bar. But maybe I could incorporate a towel bar in one of the other bathrooms.  All  sky high hand towel rings still need to be replaced and we do have a half bath downstairs where it wouldn’t hurt to add a standard size towel bar too.    That would at least give me the excuse of creating a cool industrial style towel bar.  Decisions, decisions.

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