10/11/2012 | By: Kristy Creighton

The Harp Chair


Hey, there! I'm so glad you stopped by today! Got a chair makeover that I am really excited to share with you!

If you follow me over on my Facebook page, you may have a seen a nice little harp-backed chair I picked up on one of my local Goodwill runs a few weeks ago. The chair was in nice condition and I just love the vintage harp on the back, but there is no one in my house doing the pink and white thing anymore:


I nabbed this beauty for $12! Structurally perfect, it was the ideal chair to match up with the DESK I refinished for my daughter earlier this year. Finally!

Well, it will be...once the pink and white is a thing of the past!

To begin with, I gave her a good sanding and a coat of primer, then followed with a matching coat of the flat black paint my daughter had chosen for the rest of her bedroom furniture. (Yes, I forgot to snap a picture of the chair frame in black. But it looked just like this white one, only black.) 

I wanted to tie this awesome little chair in with the rest of my daughter's Steampunk-inspired bedroom, so my plan was to do a quick and easy paint technique on the harp that I had used on her oval mirror and a couple other accent spots in her bedroom set.



I masked off everything on the chair but the harp. Then, I grabbed the black paint again and my can of metallic gold. The harp was now solid black, so, holding the gold at a good distance from the harp, I hit it with light shots of the gold. Anyplace that got hit with two much gold, I hit with a very light shot of the black again. I followed that with a coat of the polycrylic protective finish in satin.


I wanted an aged gold look and I think it came out great! (The picture, however, did not, because I have no good place to get these shots in my dingy workspace.)

Finally, I recovered the pink seat with some awesome gold and black fabric I found on sale at JoAnn's Fabrics!


 

I want to point out something I do on the corners. To avoid bunched up fabric, especially on this chair, where the seat is recessed, I fold and staple one fold at a time and give that a quick press before I move onto the following folds. I staple and press each one separately, so they lay nice and flat.

With the seat finished and the chair frame finished, all that was left was for me to put them back together! 



And here she is paired up with her now-matching desk! 


Please forgive my less-than-stellar, over-pixilated pictures. It's really difficult to photograph all the black stuff in my house. LOL My love of color has resulted in no white walls anywhere, as a matter of fact! And my daughter's red and black room makes detailed photographs a real challenge, as I'm not Annie Leibovitz.

So, anyway, I'm really pleased with the heightened interest level of this nifty little chair! But, I would love to hear what you think - good or bad! Leave me a comment and give it to me straight!


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61 comments:

Jillian Nicole said...

This transformation is perfect. It really made the material pop and gave it a more regal appearance to fit the desk. Great job.
I am following you on Facebook and look forward to your next post.
Jillian
http://puzzlemecomplete.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-word-do-you-see.html

raisingahappyfamily-momof8 said...

wow!! what a gorgeous transformation! you must just love it!!!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
the harp is so pretty.

Roisin said...

Both pieces turned out really well. The chair compements the desk nicely.

Kristy Creighton said...

Jillian, thank you! I thought it looked some much richer, too!

Kristy Creighton said...

Raising A Happy Family - thanks for following along! I will be over to connect on your blog!

Kristy Creighton said...

Roison, thank you! Out took me a long time to find what I was looking for, but when I saw that chair, I knew I had it!

Amy - while wearing heels said...

WOW! That is one heck of a transformation. Your daughter must have one of the coolest most interesting rooms. How wonderful that you have made or transformed some of the furniture in there. Really cool and hip transformation.

Kristy Creighton said...

Thank you, Amy!! I wish my daughter thought I was still cool and hip! LOL

chickinstyx said...

I love what you did with this chair. I see a lot of harp chairs for sale and would love to do something cool like this.

Kelsey said...

This turned out sooooooo great! :)

Kelsey

Kristy Creighton said...

I used to see them all the time, and then, when I wanted one, it took me forever to find one! Isn't that always the way it is?

Thanks for coming by!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thank you Kelsey!

Restore and Renew said...

It turned out great. The black really does make it look rich. What you have there is a Duncan Phyfe chair, probably from mid 1900.

Debbiedoo's said...

Thanks for joining me Erin. What a fantastic chair. Please add my button along with the others. Thanks:)

Debra said...

Amazing ! Love it and the colors!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a stylish new look for your chair--I love the black and gold combination, and it goes well with the desk.

Kristy Creighton said...

Thank you Athena!!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thank you! Glad you stopped by!

Kristy Creighton said...

I thought that might be what it was, but didn't bother to look into it further! LOL Thanks for coming!

Kristy Creighton said...

Dang it! I thought it was on there!!! I'm adding it now!! Thanks for coming by!

Dixie said...

I love the chair. I find them from time to time but they're usually so rickety that I don't buy them for fear of an accident occuring when someone sits down! How lucky to find one structually sound! great job!!
Dixie

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

Love the chair! The black with the fabric is fabulous! Saw this on Debbiedoo's Newbie Party and just had to pop over for a visit. I'm your newest follower. I'd love it if you would visit my blog when you have some time and follow back. Have a great day!
Tuula :)

Christine said...

The Harp chair is PERFECT!!! LOVE the colors!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

Pamela said...

Kristy what a charming and elegant makeover! Thanx for sharing at THT!

Kristy Creighton said...

Isn't that the truth? I used to see them all the time, but not nearly as much anymore!

Thanks for coming by!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thank you for following, Tuula!! I'll be checking out your blog in a sec!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thank you so much Christine!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thank you, Pamela!

suzyq said...

Your chair turned out beautiful!!! Love that you contrasted the "harp"
Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time!
Hugs,
Suzan

Carrie said...

Wow, beautiful job!! It is so elegant now.

Would love for you to share this at my very first linky party. My sister and I are working together over at “Think Tank Thursday”…would love to see you there!
http://www.saving4six.com/2012/10/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-1.html

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

So creative!
What a talent!
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Jodi S said...

I love love LOVE the chair and desk... absolutely gorgeous job :)

Michelle L. said...

Beautiful makeover! I love the gold harp, makes it look so rich!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

just perfect for that great desk! great idea to highlight the harp, it does look very "steampunk"!

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. said...

That is an amazing transformation! I just love the fabric! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back next week!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Beautiful redo on this chair! I love steampunk! So cool :)

Lina

Anne said...

That is stunning! I love it!!!

ps where oh where did you get your Hometalk follow me button from??? I need one!!

Kristy Creighton said...

Hi, Suzy! Glad to have you and I'm heading over to your blog now!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thanks for the invite Carrie! Heading over now!

Kristy Creighton said...

Heading over to check out your blog now, Sanghamitra!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thank you Jodi!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thanks Michelle!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thanks! Steampunk is a fun style to work with!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thanks Jill! I'll be there!

Kristy Creighton said...

Thanks Lina! My daughter started the love for it, but now I'm a big fan, too!

Becki said...

Came over from Fox Hollow Cottage! The harp chair makeover caught my eye. I have one harp chair left over from a garage sale and got it for free! It had no seat and was painted brown. I painted it a shabby white and put a seat cover with blue fabric and it's my desk chair for the kitchen. Told my husband if I ever find a set of those chairs, they are mine!!!! Really love what you did with the chair to match the desk!

Kristy Creighton said...

Hi, Anne!

To get the Hometalk button, log into your Hometalk, click on your name up on the top left, then click on My Account. On the right-hand side menu, you should see Widgets in the center. There you will find code for several different styles of blog buttons! I'm just getting started on Hometalk! :)

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I featured it as part of my link party wrap up today.

Holly Lefevre said...

This is just gorgeous!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Kristy, this really looks marvelous. Love the detail to the chair. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

What an awesome find and you did a fantastic job! Love the finish! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Mom On Timeout. Hope to see you back tonight!

Richella said...

I like the chair a lot! Honestly, I've seen these chairs many times, but I've never really thought about the design on the back. I like the way you highlighted the harp. And great job on the re-upholstering!

Carrie said...

Thanks so much for linking this up at our very first "Think Tank".

This week's party is up and running. We would love if you would visit the "Think Tank" again this week!
http://www.saving4six.com/2012/10/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-2.html

macramepurse.com said...

I love the look. I have six chairs just like this for an antique table of my grandmother's. They are not the original chairs for the table, but they are in the natural wood at this time. I was also able to find a folding chair version of the harp chair from a catalog company about 15 years ago.
This is a great idea for a spruced look in the future.
Thanks for the ideas.

Blogger Broadcast said...

Nice job Christy! I just love the special touches. followed.

The Thrifty Challenge said...

Looks amazing. What a great upcycle. Got to love finding a chair for $12 and making it your own!

MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

WOW lots of comments - and great chair. I am your newest follower (returning your follow) and look forward to more visits.

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Gorgeous chair! This really looks so beautiful. I love the color choices for the paint and the fabric is fantastic.

Adriana Iris La Dulce Vida said...

love the chair.

Carole said...

Hi Kristy, thanks for your comment. I am already following you. Have a great weekend.

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