Never Too Old (To Learn Something New)

Folding chair makeover

So as I’m gearing up for my ladies lunch, I’m going through my “to do” lists and trying to get stuff knocked off that I can do this far ahead of time.  One is “dust off folding chairs”.  And then I visualize the folding chairs I have & think while they are functional, they are really not very attractive.  So I start Googling DIY projects (which is always an invitation to disaster for me.)  I found this blog post.  I loved her results & thought this may be a project I could actually do!  The two padded chairs I have used to belong to my parents, so they are very, very old.  If I ruined them, no biggie.  Especially since I was thinking of replacing them anyway.

It only took me three trips to Jo-Ann (car problems in the parking lot the first time, second trip to get what I wasn’t able to get the first trip & the third trip was because I ran out of spray paint), two trips to Home Depot (first to get plastic drop cloth, staple gun & staples, second to get the correct staples for my staple gun) and a ruined manicure.

The first chair was a bit problematic, since I had a difficult time getting one of the screws out and even replacing the pads, since the chairs were so old.  But a bit of perseverance and hot glue solved the problem.  And when I’d run into problems, I would ask my mother (she’s one of my guardian angels) for help because this is exactly the type of project she would love to do.  I also realized that a staple gun in the hands of someone with my skills (?) is a scary thing.  Anyway, I did finally get the first one completed.  Having learned a few tricks from it, the second one went very quickly.

folding chairs before after

I was very pleased with the results because I think they will look nice at my next girly party.  I was also excited that this project turned out successfully, since so many of mine don’t.

As I was admiring my work, I noticed my newly made over folding chair was right next to a chair that had belonged to my grandmother.  So here’s a picture of the chair my mother made over (that had belonged to her mother ) and the chair that I made over (that had belonged to my mother.)  Ok, so her handiwork was a lot more complex than mine.  But I still found the coincidence funny & something my mother & I would have laughed at.

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