Two furniture projects I tackled recently.
The first, a stool J found on the side of the road was in terrible shape—and I almost got rid of it calling it a lost cause. It's an odd-bird to begin with but with some primer + yellow paint that I had laying around and fabric I picked up at a flea market months ago I've come to love it! At 5'3" I've desperately needed a kitchen stool for a few years now but couldn't bring myself to purchase a vintage beauty (aka rusty stool found in an abandon garage) for a hot $65 at the local antique shop!
The second was a much greater undertaking. J purchased this arm chair from American Council from the Blind in Lubbock as his desk chair in grad school. It was the ONLY piece of furniture besides our bed and side table that made the move to Brooklyn. It's comfortable, sturdy & not too big. But the unattractive orange vinyl had split and it was looking a little worse-for-the-wear. I really wanted to recover it with a great pattern and I'd been super inspired by Native American or Mexican blankets. Their really durable and a dime-a-dozen... in Texas. After weeks of searching I had seen a few at the Brooklyn Flea but they wanted $40+ for them. (I'm pretty sure my mom has 6 sitting unused in her linen closet at home) We were strolling through our 'hood one weekend and J spotted this one laid out with stoop sale items over the top of it (Brooklyn term for garage sale... we don't have garages here). The seller wasn't intending on selling the blanket but was happy to take $5 for it! After doing some research on how to make my own piping—then ordering the proper foot for my sewing machine I was good to go!
I'm not going to lie. It wasn't easy. But it wasn't too difficult either (I just don't let anyone look too closely!)