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Su Casa: Reupholstering a Roadside Chair

I love to see how people repurpose old furniture, and today's Su Casa is impressive. CasaSugar reader Michelin found this chair on the side of the road, and after making sure the springs and cushions were in good condition, she took it to be reupholstered with fabrics she bought on sale. According to Michelin: "With some luck and a little over $300, I got a one of a kind chair that fits my personality perfectly." Here's what the chair looked like before:

To see the "after" photo,

Here's the remade chair, recovered in light blue and green velvet. Says Michelin: "The green is actually brighter than it looks in this picture, it's almost a citrus color."

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rhythm261 rhythm261 8 years
Nicely done. Recycling is the thing to do.
tiff58 tiff58 10 years
Looks great!
tkelley0000 tkelley0000 10 years
What a transformation! I have a vintage daybed I've been wanting to get reupholstered, anyone have any tips?
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i always think about recovering things but never get around to it - you did such a good job!
vinnie vinnie 10 years
Excellent! I'm totally inspired!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 10 years
Great job!!
kstraw23 kstraw23 10 years
would love to try this sometime in the future. great job!
davie-k davie-k 10 years
Love to do this, but this is REALLY well done! Very chic!
sofi sofi 10 years
Wow- great job. I know reupholstering can be so expensive. I hope the chair was really cheap in the first place and still in decent shape. I love the new colors!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
I never find furntiure on the side of the road!
Katikins Katikins 10 years
Gorgeous chair! Great job!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Great job!
megafie megafie 10 years
It turned out really cute!
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
uptowngirl1999 uptowngirl1999 10 years
i love! i keep reading about reupholstering old chairs. i have one that my grandfather had--which is how i remember him. sitting in that chair. and i am ashamed to admit it, i did not take care of it. it's become the cats chair in more ways than one--if you know what i mean... not to mention it is not the most flattering color--orange (almost disco inspired) that looks like wide corduroy. i've been debating on whether to just get rid of it, or try and salvage it.
cupcake_85 cupcake_85 10 years
WOW! Great job, I love the "new" chair!
shulvrkrp shulvrkrp 10 years
I think it's great, but I seriously worry about how dirty it is! :) You don't know where it's been!! Hee hee!
Neekoh Neekoh 10 years
Wow! Looks great!
PreppyDot PreppyDot 10 years
Very Cool! I reupholstered an old chair that was my Dad's favorite. Hated the way the chair turned out, but I took the old vinyl from the chair and made it into a uber cool/retro purse for my mom. It still looks like the chair, but now has a more pratical purpose as a handbag.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Way to go.
mme-sky mme-sky 10 years
I just pulled a chair from my neighbor's curb! I'm going to have it reupholstered in gray velvet or flannel with white painted trim (it's got wooden arms & legs).
karisaamy karisaamy 10 years
Wow - great work - I would love to be able to do that, but I think that I wouldn't actaully finish the project unless I was under pressure
ktacce ktacce 10 years
Wow! That is so fun!!! :)
michstines michstines 10 years
My sister did this to a chair she found in NYC at a thrift shop. She upolstered it in a bright purple (mostly, it's still not finished) and then moved to London. When she moved she left me this chair and it sits unused in my basement. Tragic.
jillybean jillybean 10 years
Wow! Thats really cool! I would love to learn to redo furniture. You can do such cool stuff with it. Looks GREAT! Good Job!
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