Upcycled Commode Chair with upholstered seat. Today I’m joining with 11 other great Canadian bloggers on our monthly Instagram challenge – #12 Months of DIY.
Every month, we are challenged to create something with a specific product. This month the theme is fabric and the nice people at OnlineFabricStore.net supplied each of us with a yard of their terrific fabrics. It was so hard to choose as they have hundreds of fabrics of all kinds – everything from classic broadcloth to snakeskin vinyl and designer fabrics like Waverley. I chose a script pattern to use as the seat of an upcycled commode chair.
You know, sometimes even the most useful every day item can become something gorgeous. That’s what happened with this upcycled commode chair. What? You made a chair that was basically used as a toilet beautiful. I’ll let you be the judge. I’m honestly not sure if this great oak chair started life as a commode. The “hole” in the base seems to have been an afterthought. And the seat covering it was detachable as if it had been put on later.
After painting it with an antique white milk paint, it was time to upholster the seat with the script pattern. I chose this pattern because I love the French script, but also the great shot of red outlining a postage stamp. That pop of red works well with my Emperors Silk secretary in the living room. It also adds so much drama to an otherwise plain chair.
Upholstering the seat cover is fairly simple. You start by taking off the old material and removing any staples. For some hints on how to do this, check out my post on reupholstering. But my biggest piece of advice is to gently remove the fabric so that you can use it as a template for cutting out the new material.
Another tip when using a fabric with a large pattern like this one with the postage stamp is to make sure that you have the details of the fabric exactly where you want it. I wanted the postage stamp in the bottom right corner of the seat, so I adjusted the fabric around until it was exactly where I wanted it before stapling it in place.
For something that started life as something so utilitarian, it’s now something that has a whole new purpose as a side chair in my living room. All because of a nice piece of fabric. I can’t thank the folks at OnlineFabricStore for helping make this project a success. For more ideas and fabric choices, be sure to check out their website and Facebook page.
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY fabric project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are:
And be sure to check out my Instagram account to see what others are creating with fabric this month – use hashtag #12monthsofdiy