Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The $7 Goodwill Chair


Some of you may remember that I purchased these two chairs for $14.41 at Goodwill last year (they had small tears in the seat). I sold one at my garage sale for $25 and kept one to use in my living room.



I was going to have a cushion made for it but something always came up that required money! The garage door broke (and I mean broke) and had to be replaced, the ac went out and needed a new motor, my husband needed a root canal AND I just broke a tooth over the weekend and need a crown! It's just one of those years! Anyway, I just decided to make a cushion myself since it looks like that's the only way this chair will get out of my garage this year! I need the chair that was there in another room. The chair dance! I'm switching chairs around in my house.

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I bought a 20 inch square cushion at Jo Ann's over the weekend (They were having a Coupon Commotion sale) so I got it at 40% off and the fabric was 30% off (I only bought a yard). I sewed a very basic pillow - straight stitching is very easy to do and I'm not a sewer! So if I can do it you can too! When I have more time I'll tackle making a proper box cushion but for right now this will do just fine! (It takes me forever to sew anything the least bit complicated).




This is also a thriftstore chair the I recovered. It's going to go in my office and I'm going to change the fabric once again!




Yes, I never got around to changing the paper in the other bookcase! The weather has been so nice lately that I've been working on outdoor projects. We're supposed to have some rain this weekend so I'll probably get around to it then.





You can click on any picture to get it to enlarge. I'm glad I finally got that chair out of my garage because now I can get on with office/guestroom!


Thanks as always for stopping by! I'm still trying to get to everyone from the Thrifty Treasures post - I'm not ignoring you! I've just had some things come my way that require alot of my time right now.


59 comments:

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Good for you for just taking the time to do it. I always put things off because I don't have time to make them "perfect" and then they end up sitting in my garage for too long! I love it!
Carrie

Michelle said...

You did such a great job, Manuela! You never cease to amaze me with your fabulous projects! Thanks for sharing pictures of your lovely home...they're always fun to look at :)

Happy Wednesday!
~Michelle

Tammy said...

So sorry about your tooth! You space looks so bright and sunny, I bet you relax there a lot!☼

Jo said...

Great job! I need a chair like either one of those for my office. My GW never has cool stuff like that!.........Jo

Vee said...

You do a whole lot in a day! It looks wonderful and I could look at that sunshiny room for a very long time...so much to see.

southerninspiration said...

I LOVE IT!!!! I put off things, too, and I should just get right on it, like you did!

Vanessa said...

Wow Manuela! What a beautiful living you have! The chair is gorgeous!!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love that chair and there is something about painting those old ornate chairs white (or black) that brings out the details and make them so pretty! maybe because you aren't distracted by the woodgrain anymore. I just cant believe you sold one!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your cushion turned out great! I love that chair.

Susan said...

Understand the money thing and I love how the turned out! Beautiful!!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

This is such a pretty chair and I am happy to hear that you tackled your project. I have four chairs I am working on, so I can really appreciate the work that others put into their finds.

Have a sweet day,
becky

Southern Fried Gal said...

Love it! I wish I had luck on finding something so adorable for $7!!! It's look adorable in there and I can only imagine how cute it will look when you redo!

sara's art house said...

Love the chair!!!

Amber said...

It turned out wonderful!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

I LOVE your chair! What a beauty! Love all your toile too! I am also a toile girl; can't get enough of it. Good job, Manuela! Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Sandi

mishebe said...

Love that chair. I probably already asked u before but what is the wall color of your living room? I like it. And I am thinking of repainting my family room. Mishelle

Terri and Bob said...

Lovely. I love it so much!

Ally0005 said...

$7 chair at Goodwill!!! It looks great, you did a great job.
I'm staying out of Goodwill for a while need to start on our Emergency fund and savings back still we can now.

Ally

Melanie said...

I'm so glad you posted this! My husband has a chair with a seat like that that belonged to his grandmother. The seat is damaged slightly so its uncomfortable to sit on, but a simple cushion can fix that! I love the second chair!

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Looks great! What a lovely chair for a sweet room!

glorv1 said...

Great work on those cushions and chairs. They look perfect. Manuela, I'm so sorry you chipped your tooth, must have been painful. ::ouch:: Also the problems you've been having, I hope that things start looking up for you. Think of it this way, it could always be worse. I have a blogger friend who has stage 4 cancer, her mom is in the hospital, her daughter just went in the hospital and her nephew just found out he has cancer, so my thoughts and prayers are with her. Just thank your lucky stars that the problems are little, I know I try to do that every day. Take care amiga.

Rue said...

I'm so sorry about your tooth Manuela! I hate the dentist.. ugh.

Anyway, your chair looks darling! The material on it is one of my favorites in your home :)

xoxo,
rue

The Good Life in Virginia said...

love the chair and how it works with the whole room...lovely find and so happy you've finished the project and can enjoy it :)

Sandra said...

Oh no about your tooth! I hope it doesn't hurt! I like the chairs and the cushion you made, you talented girl!
Blessings,
Sandra

Nadine said...

Dear Manuela,

The chair looks lovely - you did a wonderful job sewing the cushion! Your living room looks so warm and inviting!
So sorry to hear about your tooth - hope all goes well with that!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Rambling Girl said...

I am also trying to go outside my box and attempt something...will share later when I am finished...

Good job you did! I love it! Matter a fact the whole room!

Lamp Tramp said...

Beautiful! I love the chair (s) and am so envious that uou can find such amazing things like these so cheap. The whole room is so beautiful and inviting. If you find some more cool chairs like that, I'll but them! Ha Ha! You could start an online business!

Sorry about that string of events, that's life sometimes

june@craftyniche said...

I just love your projects! Great job!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very nice!!

jen said...

Love the chair!! You have such a cozy home!!

Jen

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I think I have just fell deeply for that room ! Love it ! Love those chairs!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Your chairs look AWESOME, love how the cushions turned out, they are Perfect!!

Sharon said...

Manuela,

Your home looks so warm and inviting :) You have done a beautiful job decorating your abode :) The chair came out perfect!

have a great day!

Sharon

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I love that chair! What a deal! It looks great with the new cushion!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

The Goodwill chair looks great! And good job on making a profit on selling the other one. I'm in love with your sofa; it looks so soft and comfy. Hope you find more time to get the rest of your 'projects' done :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Shoot! I wish I had been at that yard sale. You are amazing! You made money and got a wonderful chair! laurie

Angie said...

Gorgeous as always! You know I love that toile!

scrappy quilter said...

Beautiful as always. You just amaze me at what you do. btw - I love the yellow in your livingroom. Can you tell me what color it is and who makes it. I've always wanted a yellow room and now I see why. Your's is georgous.

Rosey Pollen said...

Manuela,
It's like a Martha Stewart MAg layout! I think it's so cheerful!
Rosey

Sheryl said...

Beautiful! I just finished a dresser that I've been procrastinating with for quite a few months. Feels so good when we finally do it, use it, and love it!

Sheryl

Nouveau Stitch said...

And you don't sew! Right! Great find. Apparently my GW sends all the good stuff to your GW!

Ellen

Sue said...

Alright, I have fabric in the closet and I WILL go re-cover my kitchen chairs tomorrow! LOL ~ I needed a kick in the pants and got it with your post.
Both of your chairs look so good with those fabric selections!
Hope your tooth issue is rectified soon!
xo Sue

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Gorgeous...love those backs. cherry

jenjen said...

Wow - those chairs are so amazing Manuela! You always find the coolest things. I love them - and that cushion is perfect!

XOXO
Jen

Gretchen said...

I don't know if I could have even parted with one of those chairs. They are so beautiful but with the cushions it even looks more amazing.

Gretchen

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

I want that chair! what beautiful pictures of your living room. you always have such good ideas.

Darlene said...

The chair with your pillow looks AWESOME!!!! LOVE it!!

Bella said...

I love your chair find and the pillow you made - it looks fabulous! Talk about bringing some beauty into the world. :) My sympathies on the "one thing after another" year -- those are the worst. By the way, I adore you living room - it looks so chic and sunny and welcoming.
Cheers,
~Bella

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You got a great deal on those chairs & then made a profit - can't beat that. You did a good job on the cushion, very pretty.
Glenda

Cheri Peoples said...

It looks great. It makes you feel good too when a project is done and off the mental list.

Come by for my GIVE-A-WAY this week by 10 pm Fri.
and then check out our newest addition.

Cheri
www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

Carmen said...

Love that chair!!!!! I'm not a sewer either so you give me hope that I can do a project like this. :)

BTW, you won my giveaway. Please email me your mailing address. Thanks!

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

What a great chair! Your living room is so inviting. Sorry to hear about your tooth!

Amy

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I think the seat cushion looks SO good! You did such a great job on it! :) Your (living?) room is so beautiful~ I love all the white furniture and how you decorated it! :)

I hope you are doing well and having a great week! :)

Manuela said...

Wow! I have to stop being amazed at all the stuff you do! Wow! Wow! It looks so pretty!

Storybook Woods said...

You always to amaze me xoxox Clarice

Margaret's Ramblings said...

Just wanted to let you know I have linked this post to Buddy's Extra Best of the Week. I hope that it will bring you many new friends.

Margaret

Michelle, Queen of Everything said...

I love your living room! It just makes you want to come in and sit down. I am always so envious of other people's Goodwill finds. At my thrift stores, a pair of those chairs would be about $100! I don't know if it's where I live, but you just can't find good deals on furniture. I have to go to Craigslist to get deals.

The chairs are beautiful.

Lady Katherine said...

Love the cushion! You did good! Now I just love the chairs, while you are changing out and finding new homes for them, I take one, or two! lol I love your chairs!

Lady Katherine said...

Oh, Wow sorry about the tooth!