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Remember that easy-breezy chair make-over project I was going to knock out and share with you absolutely fo sho no later than today? (You know, the one we wrote about here and here.)

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Well, maybe these pictures will explain how it’s gone down better than a thousand words ever could.

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Isn’t this fabric gorgeous? And I already own it! I thought it would look FABULOUS on the chairs–and I could stop feeling guilty about buying fabric I had no intended use for, just because it was on sale. But what color to paint the frames?

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Here’s the fabric next to the (lighter) brown we already own and are using on trim throughout the house. I’m sure we’ve got a can of it somewhere…Now I won’t even have to buy paint!

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Gosh, I was right. We DID already own some. Of course, I found it after I went and bought a new can. Oh well, that’s just $16, and we’ll surely use it on our trim.

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Got the frames painted! Too bad I hate the color. And have no idea what color I should use with this fabric.

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Maybe that fabric just needs a color that’s a little more glam–like this antique gold. It’s only $10.00. Yeah, sure–that’s the ticket.

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After sleeping on it, I realize the antique gold idea is all wrong for this room and those chairs! So is that fabric. Yes, I so so SO wanted to be able to say I used a fabric we already owned so that the project would be green and frugal. Not gonna happen. And I don’t want to repaint the frames. I can return that can of gold, right…? I just need to find the right fabric to go with the brown color I’ve already used.

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At the fabric store, Cane finds…Vinyl! Retro/casual/funky–just like the family room! And it’s original. Maybe it can make those ho-hum chairs into something special. Of course, it’s not really right with the color on the chairs either–but it’s going to be so cool! Time to admit it:  That frame color was just wrong. So, that’s another $25.00.

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This glossy dark walnut should be just right, right? These cans are only $3.47 a piece. Way better than buying a whole quart of another shade of brown paint.

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Of course, the whole thing would be much easier/faster if we had a great staple gun. Because:  vinyl. It’s thicker than fabric. Cane says we don’t have to add this to the cost of the project because we’ll use it for other stuff, too–and I agree with him. That’s how an art major and an English major do math. (And stay in love.)

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Even with only one splotchy coat, I can see that the dark walnut color is a million times better than the light brown. So much so that maybe the red plush fabric really is the better choice after all…?

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But we bought that vinyl. So we decide we should try it out. I mean, what else would we ever use orange and red vinyl for? Too bad we didn’t do math very well at the fabric store and we’re short on one piece. (That’s how an art major and English major test their love.)

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And that whippy new staple gun? Yeah, it’s a little too whippy. Blows the staples right through the vinyl. Had to bring out our old manual stapler. And the hammer.

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Turns out, vinyl is WAY harder to wrap around a chair cushion than fabric would be. Much of the cushion will be covered by the frame, but so far we’re pretty underwhelmed with this. And we can’t really see how it will go together because the new paint is taking forever to dry and we can’t touch them yet.

And that’s where we are. Realized after the fabric store and before the hardware store that we’ve already spent more than we would have if we’d just bought a vintage industrial chair to go with our great thrift store find. We’re more than a little red-faced, but too far in to back out now. It’s become a personal challenge.

We will not be defeated by these thrift store chairs!

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Oh, and in the spirit of full disclosure, we bought some doors this weekend for our bedroom closet, in full violation of our no-new-projects-until-we-get-caught-up-on-old-ones pledge.

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