What's Old is New Again -And Adorable to Boot!

An adorable ballerina chair for an
adorable little girl.
It may take me for.ev.er to get a project finished. But, when it's finally done -it's perfect!

This adorable chair did not look like this when I found it. I just happened to be walking the dog one day and I came across this vintage chair, just sitting at the curb. The owners of it had just had a weekend yard sale but I guess it didn't sell, or they just didn't want it anymore.

I quickly decided I could make it beautiful and it would be perfect for my little one's pink ballerina room. I made the decision that if the chair was still at the curb on my return walk back that I'd grab it. Lucky for me, it was. So, chair in one hand, dog leash in the other. I trounced home.

To coordinate with her furniture, it was painted white. I replaced the seat board, padding and added new fabric. What the picture does not capture, in the fabric, is the hint of sparkle (it's gotta have sparkle!).

I will not lie here, this project is well over a year old, but I've done my best to detail the transformation below.
Original chair. Husband was a little too efficient and had already sanded it down.
But, the wood color was a deep reddish-brown.
This first picture highlights the 1st layer of heavy needlepoint fabric on the chair.
Just another shot of the original chair at a different angle.
This second picture highlights the 2nd layer of heavy needlpoint fabric on the chair.
Both fabrics were durable and featured rose patterns.

A close up of the carved rose.

Shot of manufacturer tags showing its' origination from
Sibley, Lindsey & Curr Co.
I did some research to try and find out how old this chair was, but wasn't very successful. Sibley's, was a Rochester, New York-based department store chain with stores located exclusively in the state of New York. The Sibley Building was located on the northeast corner of East Main Street and Clinton Avenue. Sibley's was acquired by May Department stores in 1986.

Sibley's was a part of my childhood and I guess you could say, Sibley's for me, is probably like what Macy's is for others. In fact, one of my first few jobs was at Sibley's Optical. That job started a nearly 10 year career in the optical field.

When this picture was taken, the lighting was very poor. That combined with the gross-ness
of the padding itself, I decided to spare you the details and test my photoshop skills
by creating a black and white image. What you can't see here is the seat board was actually all
warped and ruined, so that had to be replaced.

After a good sanding, I applied two coats of Rust-Oleum Painters Touch,
Ultra Cover 2x Coverage, white primer.
And once again, the NEW re-finished chair. It's amazing what a new coat of paint can do
for a project. Double points because my little one loves my vision (her new chair)!

Since it took me so long to finish this project and with most of the materials being collected throughout the year, I don't have the exact details anymore. But, here's my best breakdown of it:

Chair = FREE  (score!!)
2 cans of white primer = ~ $8.00
2 cans of white pearlized paint = ~ $8.00
New chair padding = ~ $3.00
Ballerina fabric = ~ $6.50

The good news is I still have some primer, paint and fabric left over, so I can apply those to other projects. I have plans to make some coordinating pillows with the extra fabric. This ought to take a few years since I don't know much about sewing.

And "the plan" is to sand down and re-finish a little desk we already had at the house that goes perfectly with this chair. I say it's "the plan" because right now, I have four other paint projects to do (one of which includes our main hallway), two reupholster projects and a slew of miscellaneous little projects.

So many ideas. So little time.

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TDC Before and After


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