Best Seat In The House

We’re excited to share what we’re convinced is one of the thriftiest makeovers of the decade submitted by one of our very own readers. So without further ado, here’s Amy’s letter:

You inspired me to finish at least one project I said I would do over my summer break from work. I inherited this antique chair from my great aunt a few years ago (it originally belonged to my great-grandmother). My mom remembers it over the years being many different colors with different fabrics, and when it was handed down to me it was a peach color with a crushed velvet seat (which wasn’t really my style). Luckily, two weeks ago I came across a great Waverly fabric on clearance and scored a yard of it for $1.83 with tax! After seeing your post last week, I decided I better get to it, so I painted the chair a really great shade of green that my sister had on hand and then reupholstered the seat cushion. I am quite proud of the transformation that cost under $2.00 for such a big change! -Amy

Here’s the peach colored crushed velvet covered before:

And the thoroughly updated and excellent after:

Thanks so much for sharing Amy. Your steal of a makeover is extra inspiring. And for all you crafty people quietly making over your home one project at a time, don’t forget to send us your before and afters… we eat that stuff for breakfast.


  1. says

    I really admire you DIY people… The result on Amy’s chair was amazing!
    As for me, I started painting my kitchen table and never got to the second layer of painting… I’m so lazy when it comes to certain things!

  2. bschwanke says

    That looks amazingly better! I saw the first pic and was skeptical about how much of a difference you could make, but I’m impressed!

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