Friday, July 8, 2011

Simple Computer Chair Redo

Yes, I did, I took a little blogging break.
It wasn't intentional, just caught up in the busyness of family life. 
My girls are leaving for Hawaii next week, 
(I'll tell you a little more about that in my next post). 
Anyway, between getting ready for their trip, holiday fun, cleaning out some closets
and the simple joys of summer, I've missed out on visiting my favorite blogs. 
I'll try to get by soon :-)
 Now what does any of that have to do with this funky blue chair?

Last night this was a typical black computer chair, kind of torn in spots 
from so much use. It's been bugging me, but we don't often 
go out and replace a chair that is still pretty useful. 
My daughter brought in some fabric a friend had given to us a while back,
and wondered what she should do with it? (Cleaning out closets, remember)
I looked at it, looked at my chair, and started playing. 

I do have a staple gun too :)
I wish I'd painted it first, but when you're playing, sometimes things 
are completed before you even think about it. 
 My husband came to my rescue and started stapling 
when my hand got too sore to staple anymore.
This stretchy fabric was perfect for covering the chair, and I can go back 
and do some whip stitching if I decide I want to get rid of the "staple" look.

While I'm showing you this, I guess I'll show you the little hutch in the background.
 Only it isn't a hutch.
It's actually a small bookcase on top of a chest of drawers. 

You probably figured that out already :)
The little crochet runner kind of hides the gap :)
  Lastly, I picked up this little picture at a yard sale this past weekend.
It reminds me of my hubby with our twins, and the two boys 
in the background look like my older boys when they were younger.
The lady selling it was actually the artist, so she told me that she'd 
seen a man down at the beach with his twin boys and it inspired her.
I love it!! Maybe it really is my hubby and our boys :)

Kerrie from the beautiful blog Sea Cottage,
 is having a wonderful giveaway over at her new blog and etsy shop Seawashed.
 Go by and enter today :)

Have a wonderful weekend my friends. I'll be around to visit soon!
I'm joining Jami at Freckled Laundry for Air Your Laundry Friday,
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for her Saturday Nite Special
 Sarah at A Beach Cottage for Good Life Wednesday
and Kathleen at Faded Charm for White Wednesday :)


Shelia said...

Wow! It looks wonderful. What pretty fabric too. I love it and you did such a great job. I have a similar chair that I need to do this too.
Glad you're back!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Whenever I look at photos of your home, I feel like I'm on vacation at a beach house. I know that's your vibe and you hit the nail on the head every single time.

The ice blue shade on the chair is lovely....absolutely lovely.

Missed you during your blog break.

jAne said...

oh my - how *so* very pretty!
you offer up such creative
ideas for us to glean from. :o)


sissie said...

Well now aren't you the clever one, Miss Amy! I love what you did with the chair.


Theresa said...

Beautiful! Love that sweet baby blue! The picture is perfect and I adore that bookcase on top of the chest of drawers... brilliant!

Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Your chair makeover turned out beautifully! And you've inspired me to try to fix my chair which is in good shape except for the back which has been clawed by my kitty. I just keep a throw over the back, but covering the whole chair looks like a better idea. Great job!

Kevin and Pam said...

Beautiful! I love your style.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

It looks clean and cheerful. Wow, what beach life must be like...just to go and enjoy. I would enjoy that right now!
Great job.

Beverly said...

What a great redo, Marcia. I would have never thought to use that type of fabric, but it is perfect. Love the colors you are working with these days and your chest and shelf look great too. That print was just made for you. Looking forward to hearing about your girls trip to Hawaii. Always a dream of mine.
Thanks for sharing about the giveaway too.

Sue said...

I love the way the chair turned out.

Your house has such a beachy feel, and I love that.


Mrs.Rabe said...


I've missed you! Glad your back!

The chair turned out great! Very clever of you.


kerrie of sea cottage said...

I love what you did with the chair! That blue fabric is so beautiful. And wouldn't that be amazing if the painting was of your hubby and twins? It really could be. Your home is so coastal and fresh for summer. Thank you for posting about my Giveaway! Good luck...I will be announcing the winner on Monday. ox Sea tidings, Kerrie

Kaybe said...

Hi Marcia,

Girl you worked some beach magic on that chair - just beautiful especially the blue shell-print pillow. That picture from the garage sale is a terrific find. I hope you got a good deal on it.

Take good care,


Sweet Tea said...

The Chair.
The Hutch.
I love them both.
Way to Go!!

When I grow up I want to be like you!! *smile

Brandi said...

The picture is perfect Marcia. as soon as i saw it, i thought of your husband with your twins and your older children playing behind them. i love it...and how coincidental!! i love your chair and your hutch too. the fabric on the chair looks like it has a chevron pattern to it, no! every time i visit your blog i think of the beach and how much i can't wait to get back there. hope you and your family have a beautiful weekend.

Barb J. said...

What a great job! I have had a black computer chair that I'm sorry I threw away now...

Julie Harward said...

You sure did a good job with this looks so pretty! Love the post below too! :D

Linda said...

The chair turned out the fabric!We have a chair like that....hmmm...

Donna Gelineau said...

What a stunning colour pallet, perfect for the office.

Kimberly said...

Marcia, your color palette is soooo relaxing ... love it all! Bravo on taking some time off & enjoying a bit of life uninterupted ... looks like you got a lot accomplished too. Glad to see your enjoying your summer my friend! :)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wow Marcia!
That really turned out so beautifully and so perfectly beachy looking too!
I love your creativity, great job!
How neat that your daughters are going to Hawaii, what an awesome trip!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Marcia, that's such pretty fabric! Your chair came out just beautiful! I love the bookcase on top of the dresser - the little crochet piece is just perfect there.

Susan B said...

Hi Marcia,
I love how the chair turned looks great! I love the soft blue color. The bookcase and the dresser also look great together. And the picture you found is so sweet, goes perfect with everything else.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Have a wonderful week ahead! ☺

Desire Empire said...

I love your chair makeover and your reason for buying the painting is the same reason I buy art work. I am so glad you visited as I love your blog and have added it to my blog roll.

Hope you have a lovely week.

Mimi Sue said...

It turned out sooo great! Love the color. Great way to keep that chair going for a few more years. Mimi

A Cottage Muse said...

Your blog is just so pretty and the chair looks great!

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Summer Wind said...

Love the fabric!

Gloria said...

Beautiful job on the chair! How amazing that you found the watercolor looks like a limited edition, what a treasure! Even more so that there is even the hint of the possiblity that it could be your beloved family!! Exciting to think about...:)

I love your pretty white shelves too!

Have a beautiful week, enjoying the summer sun...:)


T's Daily Treasures said...

The fabric is the perfect color for your computer chair and fits in with all that surrounds you ... that fabulous painting and the items on the hutch. Love how you put two pieces of furniture together to create a lovely display area. Zack keeps saying he wants to go to Hawaii. I went with my family when I was 14 -- but all my mom wanted to do was hike to dormant volcanoes. We didn't go to the beach much at all. I sure didn't appreciate that at the time but do now. Best wishes to you and yours, Tammy said...

Nice job:) Your chair looks so comfy, soft and cozy!


Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...


Your chair looks great! I love that fabric and it looks comfortable too! And there's lots of ways to make a hutch! :)

I also love that pic you purchased that reminded you of your hubby and boys. Wouldn't it be something if it was really them that inspired the photo?

Hope you have a wonderful summer!


"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Your "new" chair looks brilliant. What a great idea to use stretchy fabric. I absolutely love the blue color. I also, love my staple gun and have a very sad sac computer chair. I'm going to take a stab at re(stapling) it just like you did.

GWENNY said...

I love what you did with your computer chair, I have an old one sitting in the basement that would love a recovering. Your hutch is very pretty.

CHH said...

Dear Marcia,

Thank you for visiting my blog.

I love the colors.

I'm your newest follower.

What a beautiful family that you

You are blessed.


Coastal Blue Ocean

Stylish Settings said...

Office chairs are so ugly, but not this one. Well done it looks great.

Pamela Gordon said...

That is a sweet chair covering! Very pretty now. I love your 'hutch' with it's pretty decor. It all looks so fresh. I'm visiting from Faded Charm today. Pamela

Mimos da ClaralĂș! said...

Hi Marcia! Nice to know your blog, congratulations! Very beautiful.
Since I am his follower, ok?
I'm from Brazil and when you can, make a visit on my blog. I'll be very happy!
A hug from Luciana.

Kathy said...

Beautiful! We have a chair like that! In my husband's office - the fabric is perfect! You did a marvelous job and your put-together hutch is a perfect backdrop! What a wonderful find - the picture is perfect especially with your having twins! Perhaps she did see your husband! How cool would that be!
Hope you have a blessed day,

Janet said...

I just love how your chair turned out! It looks amazing! Of course, I love your ocean vignette, too!

Helen said...

I say, what a wonderful idea !

The chair looks so nice, I bet you love it now ;))

Have a lovely week-end, and take care, greetings from Norway this time.

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

I stand in awe of your creativity and innovation in home-decorating.
I do not have a single thread of this in my being; but how I wish I did! I'm curious as to whether that light blue pitcher was already there (in the hutch) and just happens to match your chair perfectly; or if you placed it there as an accent after your wonderful new chair was completed! Either way, WOW! Your home is BEAUTIFUL!