Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Refinishing Attempt.

I've been talking for a while about how I really want to start re-doing furniture...finding treasures for low cost that need a little bit of work and allow me to use some creative power. About a month ago, I literally walked into my reason for starting: two worn but loveable chairs on the sidewalk for free! (This is fairly normal in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. Please don't be skeeved.) So here's what I did:

1. I cleaned, primed and painted the chairs black. (2 hours, $5)
2. I ordered fabric from Repot Depot (15 minutes, $7)
3. I purchased a staple gun! (5 minutes, $16 but reuseable, so I'm not including cost)
4. I purchased staples for the gun (1 minute, 15 cents)
5. I recovered the seats with an under layer of fabric and then the fabric you see. (30 minutes)

TOTAL TIME: 2 hours, 51 minutes
TOTAL COST: $12.15


Carolyn said...

Those look great!!

Anonymous said...

I think you have some of grandma Robbins and Aunt Florence Fraser in you...walking the streets looking for bargains...made me recall how they would come home with their " treasures "...however, they never refinished them...your chairs look " lovely ' !!!


Anonymous said...

on the day that all of your amazing MS 51 students graduate, you decide that instead of writing about how proud you are, you write about remodeling chairs?
really, ms. robbins?