Monday, June 13, 2011

A Cinderella story....

I've had this chair that used to be my Granny's.  I guess I've had it for 30 or more years, now that I think about it.....geez, where does time go?  And when I first got it, I refinished it, and it was in our newlywed apartment....oh those were the days! Very little furniture, all hand me downs.  But this chair, was very special, since it belonged to my Granny.  I fixed it up and we used it for a number of years until someone came to visit us and sat in it.......and the bottom broke out of it.  We made a semblance of a repair but couldn't afford to have it fixed professionally at the time, since we were poor graduate students!! Over time, thru a few moves, the fabric got ripped and it became a sad, sad chair that I had plans to fix "one of these days".  Now that I actually remember how long I've had that chair, I can't believe I said that for so long!! I am a procrastinator at heart as well as an idealist, so I never quite figured out how I wanted to finish it--paint it, or restain it, which kind of fabric, where to use it, etc.
Here it is in its sad little state.....(don't judge....look at the great potential!! )


Recently my husband wanted to clean out the garage, and I knew the chair (which he confirmed!) either needed to be repaired and used, or well, it needed to be repaired and used....shudder the thought of getting rid of it!!!
So I asked my daughter, who will be moving into an apt. in the fall (out of the dorm!) if she wanted to use it, and we decided to get it fixed so she could do so.  We picked out a fabric that went with the things she wants to use, I found an upholsterer on Angie's list....and here she is, all prettied up, and ready for the ball!!
Now, I am not sure how much wear it will get in my daughter's room, other than a place to pile clothing, but I am so glad to have it repaired and useable again...makes me sad to think it had to be so long in coming....but I am not getting myself into a guilt trip over this.....now she is pretty again, and will be used.  It might have been a better idea to paint it, but if it's used again somewhere else, maybe that will be the case.  For now, she looks good again, and is in a repaired state so that she will be useful. 
Here she is, in her new gown!!



Sorry for the blurry pictures!!!
We will make her a fun burlap pillow and there is enough of the fabric to make a sham for her bed......we are good to go!!!

8 comments:

Cathy said...

Love the chair and it's new look. I got tickled at the piled with clothes comment. I know my daughter would keep it covered in stuff. :)

Lauren {whimsy lane} said...

I love what you did with that chair! So fabulous! :)

Miss Char said...

Looks great, and will go so well with a pile of clothes. Sounds just like my kids too Suzanne.

Bella Michelle said...

I looks wonderful and will make a lovely stacker of stuff! LOL

Screaming Meme said...

Yay!!! I am so happy she is shining once again! Beautiful!!!

Paula said...

It looks great and will be a great piece for your daughter's apartment.

Rene said...

What a gorgeous chair! I'm sure your daughter is thrilled.

Designs on 47th Street said...

It's a FABULOUS chair Suzanne. Great lines. It turned out beautifully!! Good for your daughter for having a reason to fix it up. Someday it will probably come back home to you.

Hey, I truly think we are related or separated at birth sisters. We are SO much alike! LOL
Donna