Monday, May 11, 2009

before and after

So the last time my sister-in-law Mandi came for a visit she took a long, thoughtful look at our house and said, "You don't like red." And as I've admitted before, I don't. Actually, it's not that I don't like it. I don't know what it is exactly. I know there was a time in high school where everyone was wearing black and red (which, while we're on the subject, I also don't like black) (btw, I'm sitting here wearing a black t-shirt. Ha!) and I decided then that black and red were "fancy" colors and ever since then I've avoided them. Now, however, red has made a smashing comeback (yeah, that's right. Smashing) and everyone is using it to add a little retro pop to their decorating. Love it. So that's what I did today. Because after thinking about it for a while I've decided that red is the element that my house is missing. (Thanks Mandi.)
So here's my before:

An old folding chair we "borrowed" from Zach's grandpa probably 4 years ago.
And here's the awesome after:
(yep, I took it outside for a photoshoot. Silly Katie.)
Retro fabulous in red and white flannel houndstooth.

Red is definitely growing on me.

7 comments:

Kristin, Scott, and Emily Mabb said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! That is amazing! WOW..speechless..

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WOW! Seriously, that is the coolest thing I have ever seen!

aswigfromthesiggs said...

Every home needs a little red. Way cool chair, gotta love spray paint right?

Angela said...

Awesome! Keep the before and afters a comin'. You are my inspiration!

Mom said...

I love your painted chairs and would like to paint an old set that I own. Do you mind answering some questions? What type of paint did you use? Did you use a primer? Any tips for making it look so nice? Thanks very much.

Janet, Illinois

Team Cowan said...

I just bought a cheap old can of spray paint, no primer. It worked great! And tips on making it look nice?? Make sure you like it and stretch the fabric tight. :)

Meredith said...

omg i freaking love that chair! i want to make one (or more)!
i saw it on designsponge.

how'd you get the pads off of the chair, and how'd you put them back on? is the back just metal or is it padded too?

thanks!

Team Cowan said...

The back was already padded so all I had to do was unscrew it, staple the fabric on, and screw it all back together. And unfortunately I've looked everywhere for simular (old) chairs, and can't find any! But you can buy new padded folding chairs for about $17 a piece.