ReStore Your Reading Corner!

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For this guest blog post opportunity, I had the opportunity to shop at one of my favorite stores, Buffalo ReStore.

You may remember when I did a collaboration with ReStore and Valu last year for our guest bedroom makeover. Again this year, Valu Home Centers sponsored my shopping trip at the South Buffalo ReStore, and gave me a gift card to purchase my supplies.

If you haven't checked out ReStore yet, I will give you the lowdown.

It's a store filled with reclaimed furniture and home items that are sold to support the Habitat for Humanity efforts. Shopping for quality items at a store which profits go towards a good cause...count me in! I usually go to restore looking for inspiration and I always find it! Exhibit A: this lovely rocking chair

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As I went in for a closer look, I knew it was meant to be.  With back to school on my mind, it would make for the perfect reading chair.

To accompany my reading chair, I also found this dainty bookshelf and a couple of accessories which you will see later on in this post. My mission at ReStore was donezo...for today at least! Time to head to Valu Home Centers to pick up the rest of my supplies.

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Shopping tip: When you are trying to match paint or fabric, always bring your swatch with you.  It will save you a lot of time and trips to the store.  I found perfect matches at Valu!

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For this project I used:

  • spray paint
    • 2 cans green
    • 3 cans cream
  • wood (for the backing of the shelf)
  • spray adhesive
  • sand paper
  • sander (you can also easily sand by hand if you don't own a sander)
  • fabric (for the backing of the shelf and the seat cushion)
  • iron
  • screw driver
  • small nails/tacks
  • staples and staple gun

I decided to start with the shelf and give it a good sand.

Prep work is always the most important part when painting.

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Once the prep work is complete, the shelf is now ready for paint!

Using the spray paint, give it nice thin even coats.  Be sure to give the paint time to dry in between coats.

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I felt the back of the shelf needed a little pizzazz, so I decided to use some wood to create a backing.

Word to the wise: always be sure to measure twice and cut once!

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Once the wood is cut, move onto ironing the fabric.  If you have no wrinkles in your fabric, you're a lucky duck. Measure and cut the fabric leaving a little extra on each side. You will want to press on the fabric and swipe your hand across the fabric eliminating any air bubbles that may exist. Fold over the edges and use the adhesive to secure the back of the fabric to the wood.

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Once that is complete, line the fabric covered wood up with the back of the shelf and use small nails or tacks to attach it to the wood.  I used small tacks as the edges of the shelf were very thin.

Now its time to work on the reading chair!

Start by simply removing the seat from the chair.  Depending on the chair, this can usually be done by flipping the chair over and using a screwdriver. This chair didn't call for the regular two choices of screw drivers, but a Robertson head (square head).

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Once the seat is successfully removed, the chair frame can be worked on.  Using the same type of sandpaper and process listed above, sand down the chair.  Once the chair has a nice even sand, wipe it down so that is free of dust and dirt.

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For the paint color, I decided to go with the cream color instead of the lime green and I did this for a couple of reasons; primarily so that the two pieces didn't match exactly, but so they were an obvious pair.

Using the spray paint, give the chair nice thin even coats of paint.  Be sure to give the paint time to dry in between coats.

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Be sure to flip the chair around in multiple positions to ensure you are covering every inch of it.

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When the painting portion is complete, its time to bring that beauty back inside!

Partially to admire your work of course, but also to begin the process of working on the seat.

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For the seat cushion, measure it so you know how much fabric you will need.  I had my lovely assistant helping me with this portion.

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Note: When upholstering a seat, always be sure to leave a little extra fabric on each end. Believe me, you will be glad you did!

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Using the staple gun, fold over the edges of the fabric and pull it tight against the seat as you begin stapling the fabric onto the chair.

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Do all four sides and work on the corners last.  Pull the fabric tight on the corners and roll over the fabric while you are stapling.  Note: you may need to cut off access fabric if it gets too bunched up and thick.

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Using the same screws, reattach your seat to the chair and you are all set and ready to read!

Ready for a tour of the final products? Here we go!

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Doesn't this just make the perfect reading corner?  Great for teachers, moms, kids and the whole family!

Have a question about a particular step in this project? Just ask!  And as always, remember to reclaim, reuse and upcycle!  -Jackie