Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Chair Project.

A few years ago, my aunt and uncle moved. In the process of clearing out a storage unit, I salvaged a Cosco two-in-one step stool for my craft room. I love this model of chair, which was uber-popular in the 50s - 70s. My grandma had one. I think we may have had one at our house too. I think most households probably had one. They appear to have been heavily marketed toward housewives.

Who likes doing things the hard way? I wanted to rest easy.

Yes - a sturdy ladder and a restful seat! And I'm short, so I'm always standing no chairs and counters to reach things. Or wearing roller skates in the kitchen to add some height.

Chair #1 Before 01

This is the stool that I received.

Chair #1 Before 02

While its clearly been used over the years (I recognize that blue color; it was the color of the my aunt and uncle's previous kitchen I believe), it's still a fully functional stool. And I've been using it in my craft room as-is for the last 3 years. But I always wanted to spruce it up a bit.

I started by taking the seats off. And masking the chrome parts. I then made a huge mess and spray painted it light pink.

Chair #1 Masked

I'd be lying if I didn't say that masking and unmasking the chrome was a pain in the rear. But ultimately, I think it was worth it.

Once the painting was completed, I covered the seats. I ordered a couple of different patterns of laminated cotton directly from Heather Bailey. As an aside, the shipping was super fast and I love the fabric. It was a bit of a pain to attach to the metal and I ultimately used a combination of high powered craft super glue and duct tape. And voila....

Chair #1 After 01

I LOVE it. The seat is not completely secure. I'll have to wait until Rykert's home to help me properly affix it. And I'd still like to clean up the chrome a bit, but I haven't been able to find anything that will do the job. I need to hit the auto parts store.

Chair #1 After 02

Last weekend I was nearing the completion of the project, and I was talking about how I wanted another one. Again, this chair was EVERYWHERE in the recent past, so ask around, and ye shall receive:

Chair #2 Before

My dad had this one. It's a different vintage and in a bit worse shape, but it's still worth a can of spray paint. So part 2 of this project to come...

This will give me 2 chairs in my craftroom, which is plenty, but oddly I still think I need another one. So, if you see one, let me know. If the basic structure is intact and functional, I can fix the aesthetics with some paint and fabric. I may have to start garage sale-ing.

4 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

RusticGardens said...

I love those chairs, I think we used to have one too. Now I wish I still had it. I think your makeover looks amazing! Great job! I cant wait for the second one!

Judi A. said...

I love your chair re-do and envy you the use of it on a daily basis. And then to have another one come into your possession - you lucky girl! Now, pay attention to the listed original price of a new one and be sure not to pay that for a used one. :-)

Crafty Girl said...

I got a new one for a house warming gift when we bought out home and I love it! It's the cherry red. Not only is it super helpful, but it looks awesome!!!!

Ashley V. said...

That is super cute! I got a COSCO retro chair/stool from Target a year that I LOVE (they are still selling it), but nothing is like the original that my mom has in her kitchen :) Maybe one day I'll re-do my mom's!

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