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DIY prop chair [my.life]

A little DIY project I thought I would share with you all. A couple of weeks ago I was out running some errands in town and passed by a street where someone had a bunch of stuff out by the trash. It caught my eye so I turned around to see what might just be there…yes I went dumpster diving and I see nothing wrong with that!! haha This is the only time I’ve ever done this but when you’re constantly thinking and looking for new props it’s worth it! So among two chairs some random fake palm tree and some other junk I saw this chair…but it’s really not junk. Spray paint can do wonders! I loved the detail of the chair and the size! So unique and I could totally picture a newborn on it!
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It was beyond disgusting…I pretty much picked it up with my two thumbs and two pointer fingers–threw it up in the back and then got in the car and drenched my hands in anti-bacterial. No lie. It was filthy and to say filthy is like a compliment…it was gross. I was headed to my sisters house anyway so as soon as I got there I dumped it on her drive way. She is the DIY queen so I knew she would be thrilled at my find and my new project…needless to say she’s the one that helped me get it done! Back to my story–she was in agreement the chair was beyond disgusting. She tore off the cushion–threw it away and we hosed down the chair to clean it.

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In the meantime I went to Home Depot and bought yellow and grey paint. We sanded down the wood on the chair then spray painted the base grey…let that dry and spray painted the yellow coat.

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Once the yellow coat was completely dry my sister then sanded down the yellow coat in random places so that the grey paint would show through and give it some dimension to the chair.  I love love love it!  It couldn’t be more perfect!

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Since the chair is such an odd shape and the bottom/base is a random size and big…I’m in the process of working on finding a cushion or making one.  In the meantime I wanted to use this chair at my latest newborn session and I love love love the look and feel of the old quilt on it!  Mr. Caden couldn’t have been a more perfect model for the first time to use my new prop!!  Thank you for modeling Mr. Caden!!

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So my new prop:
chair- $Free
yellow spray paint- $6.00
grey spray paint- $ 4.00
Total: $10.00 and a little bit of time!

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  • Sarah - Love it!! You go girls. :)

  • Kathy Guillot - WOW, what a transformation. You did a great job with that chair!

  • Arancha - wow!!! I love it! I want it!

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