Meet Ophelia

I’ve mentioned plenty of times before about my love for bargain hunting, but I seem to be going through a furniture phase since I rescued the orange desk from my neighbors curb.  While my husband was enjoying the Monterey Beer Festival with some friends, I was out on a mission.  I didn’t know exactly what that mission was until I spotted this beauty at LCM (Last Chance Mercantile). Meet Ophelia:

Before                                                               After

When my husband called me and asked me what I was doing, I told him that I was driving to the local city dump (LCM is at the local waste management). “Did you just say dump?”  The shock in his voice was hilarious, but the look on his face when he saw what I bought at “the dump” was PRICELESS.  For $10, I couldn’t walk away. Check out what I was dealing with… two layers of velvet with a mysterious musty smell. Yuck!

One of my favorite blogs is by Kate of Centsational Girl and I remembered reading a blog she wrote about refinishing a chair. So as soon as I got home, I started reading and found the blog entry HERE. I used her tutorial to refinish my chair and I’m in love!

Upholstery tacks are a real pain to deal with, but the finished product made it worth the hour it took me to meticulously place each tack perfectly. I used pliers to hold them in place while I hammered them in. My thumbs were very grateful.

I love the shape of the legs. So feminine, yet sturdy. Plus, I can’t resist furniture painted in my favorite shade of heirloom white. Can you tell that I really love this chair?

Her backside is just as beautiful. This was a little trickier to do. Measuring the cardboard and cutting it to fit just right into the space was a little more difficult than I thought, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

Sorry this photo is a little fuzzy, but I was trying to take a picture with my thumb (the only finger without paint on it). My two favorite things for painting, besides spray polyurethane. Spray paint is AMAZING. I have about 10 cans of heirloom white that I need to take to the recycling center and have a few more cans for emergencies. You never know when you’ll need to paint a thrift store find, right?

Want to see Ophelia again? Here she is!

Ophelia is getting a new home at my friend Jessica’s craft station. Luckily, I have two more that I did exactly the same way :) I have a desk that needs a final coat of polyurethane, two more cake stands to make, thrift store wood shelves that need a little tlc and a lampshade that needs a fabric facelift. This all needs to be done by Sunday because I have a busy work week  ahead of me.
What projects are you working on this weekend?


  1. 1

    What a transformation! I can see exactly why you love it. :) I love using spray paint for thrifty finds too. It's so much easier and there are no brush marks. I'll have to check out the LCM sometime!

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Please go! It can be a hit or miss and you really have to get past the musty smell, but you can find amazing antiques and furniture for dirt cheap. Love that place!

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    Orangies Attic says:

    AHHHHHHHH… LOVE Ms. Ophelia! I have a couple of my grandma's chairs I've been trying to decide what to do with, and you have inspired me! Thanks… Orangies Attic

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    It's gorgeous! I thought I posted on your FB but I guess my comment didn't work…anyway, I said that you and Jess give me hope that you can still DIY with kids ;) And jess is so lucky she's getting this chair!

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    Amy of The Salvage Collection says:

    wow! you have selected the perfect combination of fabric and paint! well done!!


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    Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Great transformation!! They turned out beautiful~ would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday sometime!

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks ladies!
    @ Amy- I spent about 30 min pacing the fabric department deciding whether or not to get this fabric. So glad you like it.
    @ Courtney- I'll definitely be sharing tomorrow!

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    This is such a cute chair! And I really love that you named it :o) I just redid my 6 dining room chairs (they are all a little different) but none of them look this great! And, by the way, I named them all :o) You have a new follower!

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks! I can't wait to try my hand at the rest of my chairs. Thinking slipcovers.

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    Oh, it's so pretty! Only 30 minutes in the fabric store? That's pretty good! I walk in and get lost in time…

  11. 11

    Love your chair and the nailhead! Love your blog! New follower!

  12. 12

    WOW-what a find and such an amazing transformation!

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