Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Metamorphosis and Blue Monday

I've been working on a one week project for three months now. Little things like wedding planning, trips out of town, a bad cold, indecision, and an occasional case of apathy have gotten in the way. But I'm getting close. The end is in sight! So, I couldn't wait to show you just a small part of my transformation. I think it qualifies for Susan's Metamorphosis Monday and for Sally's Blue Monday. I went from this:

To this:

To this:


Okay, so you got me. I did not transform that ugly blue recliner into this last chair. BUT I made it happen. Beloved brought the recliner home from his mother's house. Ever-hopeful and an optimist at heart, he thought I might let him put it in a guest room so he would have a recliner to call his own. Now we've been married a long time and I know when to bide my time and how to pick my battles. Sweetly, I "allowed" it into the house. A year later, he's never sat in it, has gotten over his need to keep it, and it's "outta here"! I have had this antique recliner sitting in my attic for many years. I used it at one time, but it has just been collecting dust for quite a while. I got it down, dusted it off, and went on a fabric hunt. I knew the exact shade of blue and exactly what I wanted which sometimes makes the search even harder! Five fabric stores, two months, and a great upholsterer later this is what the chair looks like now. I love it! The blue stripes fit into my guest bedroom rennovation perfectly. And yes, that is blue painter's tape you see in the background! I hope by next Monday I can unveil the entire bedroom, but for now head over to Susan's at http://www.betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ for Metamorphosis Monday and give Sally a visit at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ for Blue Monday. And,oh yes, be sure to keep your husband off of Craigslist. I gave the recliner to my son and he posted it for sale!

53 comments:

  1. Thanks for the warning!!!!! Nalley loves to look at craigslist! Your antique chair with the stripes is beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished room.

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  2. Oh, I really love the mission chair. The blue and white stripe is just lovely. I think you made a wise choice to get rid of the first one. lol I can't wait to see the whole room. Hugs, Marty

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  3. I love your new (old) chair! My husband has a recliner that I would love to set on fire!

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  4. It was like magic ! Oooooo, I love the antique
    chair ! Love the colors you chose, thanks for
    sharing ~ Hugs, Kammy

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  5. My "beloved" has a thing for recliners too. ugh! Its a man thing. I love your striped chair much better. Very pretty chair. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Barb

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  6. I'm a guy and I thought "Wow, I wonder if MY recliner has a mission style frame!" Too funny, your metamorphosis got me hook, line, and sinker. Great post.

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  7. You had me going...I like the cushyness of a recliner but, I've not ever found one that fits the French Country theme.
    Your blue and white reminds me of our favorite beach houses piece of furniture.

    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  8. Oh girl you really had me going there for a minute! Yes, the old recliner issue. I think every husband alive has had one at one time or another. Thankfully, we got rid of ours years ago!

    Your new chair looks great!

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  9. That's a really nice looking chair, I really like your choice of fabric. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your very kind comment. :O)Mary @Boogieboard Cottage

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  10. LOL Oh you ARE clever. You had me; I actually mumbled, "How could she DO that?" as I read along. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

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  11. I believed you transformed that recliner - what a hoot! The new "old" recliner is so classy and elegant. Way to go! Linda

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  12. Good morning, Thanks for dropping by my blog, yes I'm from Brookhaven. I love that picture of Whitworth.
    I really love that new "old" recliner, it is so very charming, so much better than the first one. And the stripped material is just perfect on it. Happy Blue Monday.
    Molly

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  13. Lover your new/old chair. What is it about men and recliners? I had kept one out of the house for years and finally caved in and let LBeau get one for one of the upstairs bedrooms. He's only sat in it occasionally. I really wonder why I gave in.

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  14. What a cute post. Your new chair is just lovely. I love the striped cushions. Thank you for stopping by today to say hi. I hope you enjoy Met Monday and blue Monday. Amy :)

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  15. I have a recliner in my living room that I am trying to move out:) Love that mission chair your replaced it with.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Crystal
    thehummingbirdcottage.blogspot.com

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  16. I still hear about the "comfy couch" that I helped to find a new home elsewhere.

    This looks like a great exchange.

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  17. haha! Great post! Love the new chair AND...great tip for "battles". lol

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  18. Ok, you really had me going and I had this plan for an ugly recliner I have at home.
    Now I have a game that just popped into my mind concerning things we keep in our houses and don't know why... It's called
    You might be an american household if...
    ... you have an old recliner that you can't get rid of, but don't know why.
    This is modeled after the 'redneck' jokes. I love to contemplate the funny things we do for no apparent reason, we just do!lol
    Have a Lovely Day~
    Alicia

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  19. Oh yes the great recliner. Comfy but huge and bulky. Love how the new chair turned out and the style is great for the room.

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  20. Good morning, your recliner Met looks great! Great fabric choice! Have a great Monday!

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  21. You got me good. I kept looking between the pics and thinking 'No way!' before reading your story! LOL! You are so right about knowing when to bide your time and which battles to pick.

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  22. You had me going Susan. I kept looking at that old recliner and wondering how you knew this beautiful piece of furniture was under all that stuff! :0) Love this piece. Good job!

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  23. You are good! Thanks for sharing and Happy Blue Monday.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  24. Susan, your chair is fabulous.

    Happy Blue Monday.

    Barb

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  25. What a fantastic vision! Your chair looks amazing! Great job!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  26. Good choice of fabric! Time well spent!
    Have a marvelous Monday, Marsha

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  27. What a great transformation...good job picking the new chair! Thanks for visiting me today :)
    -marie

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  28. Your new chair makeover looks amazing. At first I thought that was under that recliner, I was really to rip my husband's favorite chair apart! LOL Also, thanks for the tip on the Biz product to get the yellow out. I am off to the store to buy some!

    ~Ann

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  29. OK, I'm lost.
    Is the chair at the bottom anything to do with the " ugly recliner" (I'm only calling it that because i have one just like that. We have had it for 40 years, and it was used when we got it)..
    I got all excited thinking 'oh someone has some great idea for me to fix this old chair up".

    Well, I'm rambling. Your bottom chair looks great.
    Wish i could get rid of my old blue recliner, but alas, my guys just love it's comfort. =0/ I am still 'biding' my time. =0)
    I'm sure there must be some kind of reward in Heaven for biding so long.

    Blessings,
    Barbara Jean

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  30. I love what you did to the chair. It looks fabulous and summery (if that's a word)!

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  31. Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I really thought you recovered that recliner! Thought was you... are a miracle worker! Very sweet of you to let hubby bring it in! I have a leather one I'm trying to get rid of! LOL! Great chair! Luanne

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  32. I love the way you told that story. Pick your battles is key, and look what you ended up with in the end. Love the new/old chair.

    Kathy b

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  33. Susan...ok, for a minute there I thought you were a magician! LOL Your chair turned out beautifully...I love the striped fabric you chose. Looking forward to seeing the whole room...I feel another Met Monday post coming on! :-) Susan

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  34. You had me going there for a minute-ok two. I love the stripes!

    Great job! And I can't wait to see the finished room:)

    Linda C

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  35. I did get a chuckle out of the chair transformation. NOT. I do love the antique treasure you did cover. It is gorgeous. Good job.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  36. Now Susan, not only do we share the name, we also share the ability to use our husband's foibles to our advantage at the end of the day! Good for you girl for biding your time. Your transformed antique recliner would look smashing in any room, I love it. Yes, my hub would think the first recliner would be perfectly serviceable if the price was right. Still, these guys are pretty wonderful, are they not? I met mine in the ninth grade, and we are still best friends.

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  37. That chair is gorgeous and I so do love Craig's list. in fact I think I'm heading over there right now! LOL, Cindy

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  38. Susan,
    I laughed on so many levels reading this post. You are one smart cookie and that blue chair was simply a bit fuggly as my dear daughter (an AOII) would say. My sweet Mother- in- law (Alumnae Group Delta, Delta, Delta) my biggest fan would agree. I have not seen the KD’s around lately, but the one’s I have known have exquisite taste and would definitely approve of the new smart, crisp stripe replacement!

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  39. Oh my gosh...I could have written this post! LOL

    I too have an "ugly" chair that my husband inherited from his mother that she inherited from her mother. How I wish I could say that it had some exquisite value/vintage appeal, but alas, it is some ugly crushed green velvet on a bad 60s frame...it's not even comfortable! I too did the same thing...allowed it to be moved into the house, just biding my time until we can bid adieu!

    Happy Blue Monday,
    Valerie

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  40. This chair is BEAUTIFUL! :)

    A wonderful MM post!

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  41. You sure had me going! My mouth flew open when I saw that second chair. I had some chairs I was going to bring you! That chair is so great, and I can't believe how patient you were to leave it in the attic while you waited for him to get tired of the other one! laurie

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  42. You little stinker! I really went back and forth between the first 2 pictures wondering how a frame like that was hiding under the recliner!!

    Anyway, it doesn't matter how you got to the end result, the fact is~you repurposed something. I can't wait to see the finished room!

    xoxo
    Jane

    Happy Blue Monday!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  43. Much better chair -- I've never been a recliner fan and luckily DH has never wanted one!

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  44. Oh my goodness, that is a GORGEOUS Morris chair that you have! Is it original? If so, you also have quite a treasure there. Well, you have a treasure either way, because it's just plain beautiful, and I love the new fabric on it.

    The blue recliner? Not so much. :-)

    My husband is making noises about a recliner, too ... I am doing my best at stalling.

    Congrats on a fabulous makeover!
    Cass

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  45. What a wonderful chair...There are so many great blogs and I think I just found another one....Hope you will visit me.

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  46. I love the wood and shape of the chair, but the blue striped fabric is the icing on the cake for me. Great job!

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  47. Hi Susan... by "original" I meant that it's old and not a reproduction. If you "google" the term Morris chair, you will find out lots of information. And if you look on Ebay you can see that your neat old recliner is worth some bucks! Always nice to know. :-)

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  48. You did a fantastic job with the chair, and I love the fabric!

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  49. Seriously! That is an AMAZING transformation!

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  50. What an incredible transformation! I love it. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment :)

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  51. Hello I’m still making my Blue Monday visits. What a pretty chair, great transformation.
    Bless you, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

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  52. Ok now, that's really, really funny! I got rid of my hub's recliner after our first year of marriage, thankfully the cat climbed up inside of it so I convinced him it was a hazard! I love your new chair, it looks like it fits into your decor SO much better.
    Cheers, Andrea

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