Hey Guys!! So we wanted to introduce you all to our very first Shanty Spotlight...
Her name is Traci! She has an amazing blog... Beneath My Heart
We have been inspired by many of her posts and asked her to share some of her goodness with you guys. Please lavish her with comments:)!! She has done well...
You can visit her blog and see what she's all about HERE!!
My name is Traci, and I am so excited to be Shanty2Chic’s first “Shanty Spotlight”! I am the mother of four terrific little boys and the wife of a loving (and super handy) husband.
I became a follower of Shanty2Chic when the Shanty sisters first started a few months ago, and I have enjoyed all of their wonderful projects.
So when they asked me to be a guest on their blog, of course, I was honored. I wanted to pick a project to share with you that was truly “shant-y-licious”. So I decided to share my recent chair re-do.
Check this out!
I got this chair at Goodwill for $6.50.
Now this poor little chair could definitely be called “Shanty”, don’t ya think?
But I looked past that and saw the potential for it to become truly “Chic”.
Here’s what I did…
First of all, I decided to paint the chair black. I used Valspar spray paint in satin from Lowe's.
Then I used a fine grit sandpaper to sand down the edges a bit.
As you can tell by the picture below, I left the chair in my garage too long without supervision.
One of my boys thought it would be fun to tear the material off the chair, thus the result…
Oh my, that is reeeeeally “shanty”!
But I didn’t let that stop me. I still had my vision…
The chair now needed a little more cushion to it, so I used my staple gun to apply some extra batting to the seat and back of the chair.
Now it was ready to cover with my material.
Of course, I chose burlap. My current obsession!
I started with the seat, using my staple gun to secure the burlap.
I cut the fabric around the arms of the chair, folded it under, and then stapled it down. (This part was not easy, and it did not turn out perfectly, but it still looks good to me!)
When I saw the extra burlap hanging below the staples, it looked like a cute little ruffled skirt. That’s when I decided that I wanted to add a skirt to the chair. (The above pictures were taken at night in my garage, so the burlap looks darker.)
Next, I covered the back of the chair using the same process as I did on the seat.
Then I stapled and trimmed the burlap on the back of the chair.
Next, I stapled on a piece of burlap to cover the back of the chair.
Now for the skirt…
I placed the cording in the middle of the burlap, folded the material over, and sewed it up using my zipper foot. Then I trimmed the excess material.
Notice I didn’t even use pins when I sewed. I’m dangerous like that!
I made a long piece of burlap that measured 5 inches wide and sewed a small hem. Then I pinned some ruffles in the material. I didn’t even measure them the same length apart. I just eyeballed it. That’s how I roll.
I attached the cording to the skirt, and sewed them together.
I made some double cording and hot glued it over the staples on the back. (I will be explaining how to make the double cording in a future post on my blog.)
Then I attached the skirt with my staple gun.
I bought this chair for $6.50.
I bought about 4 yards of burlap from Hobby Lobby when it was on sale for $1.99 a yard. That’s $8.00, and I have some left over.
I already had the black spray paint, cording, and staples. So this whole “shanty to chic” transformation cost me about $15.00!
I’m loving that!
For a little extra “chic-ness”, I made a little pillow to go with it.
This picture was taken in our master bedroom, but I made the chair to go in our guest house.
Here it is in our guest house…
Well, there you have it!
My shanty…. to chic!
Thanks for letting me share my project, and please come visit me at my blog, Beneath My Heart, for more furniture makeovers, crafty projects, and of course, a bunch of burlap creations!
We will be linking this up to the Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday!