Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Chair for Ava

My sister is pregnant with her first child, due in July.  My 11 year old daughter is the only grandchild on our side so this is a big deal.  Especially when we found out it was a girl (for me anyway).  I mean, it's been over 11 years since we've a had a baby in this family.  Not to mention that I wasn't even remotely crafty when I was pregnant with Hannah.  I've learned a lot of crafty things in the past 8 years and now I have the chance to do some fun things with them.  There's been a lot of knitting, quilting, sewing and painting going on.  Some stuff isn't finished yet (how in the world can I stuff a knitted bear and make it look normal?) and some stuff is already in Ava's nursery (I'll get photos on Mother's Day), but this one, this one is finished and still in my possession. 

Introducing Ava's Chair:

I got the chair at Goodwill (where else?) a couple of weeks ago for a few bucks.  They had 2 chairs, but since there was no little table to go with them, I just got the one chair.  I painted it with flat white spray paint.  I didn't prime because flat paint can be used as a primer (I used to work in the paint dept at Lowe's, many moons ago).  I did three coats of that and then I lightly sanded with 320-grit sandpaper.  I transferred the A onto the seat using this method and then painted inside the lines with one coat of black semi-gloss paint.  Once that dried, I used the 320-grit and sanded the letter to age it.  Then I distressed the edges of the chair and sealed the piece with some polyurethane.  I love, love love this chair, even though the A is not exactly centered.  To me, this looks like something you might find in a PB catalog.  And now I wish I'd gotten that 2nd chair!

Here's the Before shot. 

And a closer shot of the A.

Linking to:
DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land
Get Your Craft On Tuesday @ Today's Creative Blog
Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays @ New Nostalgia   
Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Reinvented 
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch 
Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ A Silly Little Sparrow
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping it Simple 
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking  
Penny Pinching Party @ The Thrifty Home
A Little Creative Therapy @ Life in the Pitts
Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design  
Make it Yours Day @ My Backyard Eden
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Treasures and Trinkets Thursday @ My Cottage Charm  
Get Your Craft on Thurs @ Life as Lori
Hooking up With HOH @ House of Hepworths
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home  
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous 
Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge 
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Piece of Work Weds @ Primitive and Proper  
Creative Chick Parade - Day Three 
The CSI Project - Typography Project Link Party   

30 crafty peeps said:

  1. I love the chair! I might need to do this for my office chair. I just re-did a stereo cabinet from the 60's to house my weights. I know you like a good time, so I thought I would send you the link:

  2. So cute! Great makeover! I have a little rocking chair from last year I'm STILL trying to makeover and you've just given me the push I need!


  3. I love it!! What a fabulous chair!! congrats on the new addition to the family!

  4. This is so cute. I love the letter on the seat! I am totally going to do that.

  5. What a fun find with good bones but a little weary looking. You brought it back to life. How fun to have a new little niece to create for. Enjoy.
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting at Becolorful. I love hearing from my visitors.

  6. Oh I love this chair! what a great idea...i have a chair that may need a makeover now!

  7. Thanks for linking up to my Treasures and Trinkets! :) I LOVE that chair. The back is so cute, perfect for a nursery! Congrats on becoming an auntie! 11 years is a long time with no babies around....little Ava is gonna get smothered in kisses! lol
    Hope you have a great day!

  8. I LOVE that :) I hope you stop on over at check me out saturday and link up. My readers would love it www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  9. Very cute chair! Got to love Goodwill. :) It looks like a boutique chair now!

  10. Love it, wish I would find something cool like that to makeover!~ Nice job!

  11. I wish I lived near you so I could go get the other one!!! Looks so cute!! Thanks for linking up!!

  12. Oh, that is so sweet. You did such a great job on it. What a wonderful Auntie you are.

  13. You won't believe this but I have that EXACT chair at my house! I actually have 4 of them and the matching table. I got it for Christmas when I was about 2 (in the late 70's) and my parents just brought it over to my house (from their basement) for my little girl. I am totally going to make it over like you did! P.S. My daughter is named Hannah, too!

  14. Very nicely done! It looks much better.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

  15. That looks great! I really like the A!

  16. Very sweet! It looks great and I really love the monogram!

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

  17. What a great chair! And congrats on the new upcoming family member! I bet your daughter is excited to get a cousin!

  18. I have to tell you I laughed when I saw that precious dog in glasses on your banner!! Oh, I like the chair too!! LOL Rhonda

  19. I
    ADORE that SWEET little CHAIR! I've been looking for a little chair to do something with, so I'm envious of yours. Sounds like little AVA (GREAT name!) will have a fabulous nursery!

  20. This little chair is darling! The A really sets the entire look! You did great and congrats on having a new baby in the family (spoil her rotten and send her back home...lol)!

  21. super great project! simple and easy!.. turn out great too!

  22. Love how the "A" is just barely there... looks great. Thanks for sharing with us at the POPP.

  23. What a huge difference!! And I LOVE monograms! Ava is a lucky girl!
    Thanks for Hookin' Up with me at my party!

  24. i just wanted to tell you i linked to this aDORABLe little chair post today here...

  25. What a fun idea! I have 4 mini chairs that are just begging for a makeover like this. :)

  26. that is super cute. love the monogrammed A, and I even love that it is not exactly centered:) Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!" Hope to see you again tomorrow!

  27. It looks great! I really like the "A". I wish I could have the other chair :)

  28. what a lucky gal ava is going to be to have such a creative aunt! this is adorable, kristi!