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Today, I’m currently coveting awesome poufs from West Elm! I love their size and their patterns.

I love all of them except for the red stripe one…sorry OU fans, I just can’t with the red. 🙂 These would be awesome in our living room, especially since I need something in front of the Craigslist chair. Only problem? These bad boys are $249. No, thank you! Maybe I can DIY one instead…

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Well it has been a very productive Labor Day at our house and I am so excited and so happy that I finished my Craigslist club chair makeover today! It looks so great in our living room. Here is a recap of Part One (the removing of the staples and cushions).

This is the chair when I first got it. I paid $35 to a lady selling it on Craigslist. She was asking $50. I probably could have gotten it for lower but I figured that was a low enough bid since I loved the shape but the color and the cushions were not my style.

Once I got the cushions removed, I went to town with the spray paint! I used two coats of Rustoleum’s white primer, two coats of Rustoleum’s Heirloom White and one coat of Rustoleum’s clear gloss finish. The Heirloom White paint only comes in satin and I wanted there to be a little shine to the paint finish.

Here is the back. See how you can still see where the upholstery buttons were? So annoying! Until those eventually work themselves out, I’ll have to always have a pillow in the back of the chair. It is a good and bad thing, I guess. Good because there can be an extra pop of color and I love throw pillows but bad because I would love for this to stand alone without needing some ‘help.’

This is the fabric I chose for the seat cushion. I went with Heirloom White instead of a plain white color because I really liked the way it looked against the fabric and wanted it to stand out from our plain white baseboards that it now sits in front of. The fabric is gorgeous and is from Tonic Living, only $9.95/yard!

Here are the tools needed for the project – my mom’s air compressor staple gun, scissors, cushion, new fabric and a screwdriver to attach the seat back to the chair.

There are a million and one tutorials on how to reupholster a seat cushion so I’ll spare you the details on this one. If you do have questions, feel free to ask in the comments!

Here is how the cushion looked after I attached the fabric. It wasn’t pretty at all and took some effort because of the curve in the cushion. I’ve only done square cushions so it was interesting to say the least. Don’t look too closely at this one – it is pretty bad but works for me!

Here is how the chair looks now! I love it so much! It works really well with the colors in our living room and the light blue adds a nice pop of color.

This didn’t take long at all to do and I’m very happy with the results. The puckers where the old buttons used to be are super annoying but I figure a pillow should be there anyway to make it more comfortable for whoever sits in the chair.

Here is another look at the chair before I started the makeover.

And the after with back pillows! I added my orange pillow (it is football season, after all) and an Oklahoma pillow I purchased from a friend who makes these locally. You can purchase them in any color combination from her Etsy shop here. Isn’t it so cute? I love it!

I love projects like this. When I brought the chair home, Conner was very skeptical but now he loves it just as much as I do! It makes the project even more of a success for me when that happens. 🙂

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Happy Labor Day! This weekend has been anything but labor-free. We are project city around here with the extra day off of work and super cool temps (as in 80 degrees instead of 110. Praise the Lord!). This project was a fun and easy one since I worked with someone I’ve never DIY’d with before – my brother!

When he purchased his home back in May, he also bought this table off of Craigslist for $20. It sat and sat in our garage because he was in no rush to get it to his house and I was in no rush to refinish it in the 100 degree weather.

My mom found these chairs for him at her local Habitat Re-Store for $8/chair! What a deal. For the most part, they were in pretty good condition sans the stain that was wearing off. A little elbow grease, sanding and stain would definitely make them pretty again.

We sanded everything down by hand with a medium grit paper, except for the table top. I used my electric hand sander to really get the goo, grit and sticky off of the top. Once that was finished, we wiped it all down with a clean rag and went to town with the Minwax stain. We used the darkest they had – Dark Walnut.

The table top was super easy – wipe on, let it sit for 10 minutes, then wipe off the excess with a rag. The chairs were harder because of the nooks and crannies on the legs. We started with them upside down and using a foam brush, painted on the stain. We let these sit for about 15-20 minutes while we worked on the next set of chairs and then came back to wipe off the excess. There were some spots that needed touching up but for the most part we did really well the first time!

Here is the whole set, complete and put together in my brother’s house! We only used one coat of stain on both the table and chairs. Chris finished it off with some finishing wax to protect the stain from any future ‘oops’ that always happens. I think we did a pretty good job of darkening the table to match the chairs and evening out the stain on the chair seats!

Here is another view in his house, with his new place mats. We’re working on finding him a male-friendly centerpiece. I had a couple of options for him but they were too girly and not masculine enough. The gender barrier is hard to break when decorating for a bachelor pad!

Next up is another Craigslist project, this time painting a dresser and turning it into a TV console. I think Chris is attempting this one on his own – I love when my DIY excitement rubs off on my family! 🙂 He has the itch to keep going on his to-do list and is under strict orders to take before and after photos so hopefully I’ll be able to share that project with you soon.

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