I could happily spend hours shopping at IKEA. At this point, I feel like I should have an assigned parking spot at mine. But what I love even more than shiny new IKEA furniture (I’m a pro with an Allen wrench) is second-hand IKEA furniture that needs a little remaking.
These guys had been used in Erin’s bakery for tasting appointments with clients, and considering how in demand the creations of Wild Orchid Baking Co. are, these chairs got a lot of use. (Martha Stewart has twice in one month shined a spotlight on Erin’s work, so you can see why we named her a Creative Genius a few months ago.)
The chairs were in great shape overall, but the smudges and stains on the cream colored fabric weren’t budging. I needed to give these modern ladies a full makeover, and I’m not exactly well versed in re-upholstering chairs. Or anything. Upholstery scares me. So I did a little research and decided to paint them. Yup, PAINT. It was so much easier than I thought, and the chairs came out PERFECTLY. I consider this an IKEA hack success all around. Hooray for secondhand IKEA, and hooray for a DIY win (#diywin).
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