Wednesday, September 11th 2013 • posted in: DIY
I know, these pictures are terrible…come on Sara, what were you thinking? Well, to be honest, I really wasn’t. I’d planned a last-minute shoot with my makeup artist Julie Lam and an amazing model from Ignite named Alex who was home from Thailand for a short while. I had purchased some really inexpensive dresses a few days earlier (I’ll post about that soon, too) and wanted to use my new backdrop (which ended up being a HUGE pain to make, but I do really love it), but I knew I wanted some sort of dark chair for her to sit on for some shots.
I stopped at two thrift stores on my drive to the studio with my fingers crossed. I ended up finding one chair which wasn’t really what I envisioned (it was light in color and had a glossy finish) but I wanted SOMETHING – so I spent the $5 on it, then stopped at a hardware store to pick up some sanding sponges to remove the gloss. I had an amazing assistant for the day named Kelsey, and she got right to work on sanding that chair (I actually felt bad even asking her to do it because I’m just so used to doing random stuff like that on my own). Once she was done, I realized it still wouldn’t work with the looks we were shooting – I even tried to stain it with my coffee (yeah, that didn’t work). We then remembered this chair I’d scored from Goodwill for $2 a couple months back. I liked the shape and the color of the wood (which is accurate in the photo on the left) but I knew the pink seat would NOT work for the black and red wardrobe. I went to my garment rack, grabbed one of the many black velvet dresses I’d brought along (all thrifted for $5 or less, of course), and we cut off the bottom half. We wrapped the cushion and pinned it into place.
Obviously it isn’t a REAL reupholstery job, but it worked great for the shoot – and I may keep it like this for a while before removing the pins and bringing it back to its pink glory. Total cost…$5 ($2 chair, $3 dress). And definitely not bad for something we came up with and completed before Julie and Alex were even finished with hair & makeup!