Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Industrial Rooster/Chicken Chair

This vintage industrial stool has been laying around our plant for a very long time.   I thought it might be fun to put some new life into it.  
This fabric is why......
I love this Rooster and Chicken fabric I saw it at Joann's but just never bought it because I couldn't decide what to do with it.  After all, my fabric collection is getting massive and I couldn't justify adding to it.  But, then I saw that rusty chair and the rest is history!  And BONUS! I was happy to find a spray paint that matched the red!   It's Colonial Red Gloss by Rustoleum.   It covered this metal chair very well.   (I have used this paint in different colors for several projects now and really like it.  This is just my opinion and Rustoleum did not ask me to test it or pay me anything!  I'm pretty sure they have no idea who I am!) is the deal after I removed the back.  Lots of gunk from decades of masking tape.  Not easy to get rid of this stuff but used lacquer thinner ( I only use this when I have no other choice) and basically scraped it off.  Just wanted to show y'all - see why it needs a new life?
 Next step: remove the nuts, bolts, and washers to take the chair apart.  Took the pieces outside and put them on my trusty old shower curtain and spray painted them.  If you are new here you will learn that I like to use sticks from broken tree limbs underneath the pieces I am painting.  Makes life easier that way.  :)

Then I placed the nuts and washers on the cardboard and  pushed the bolts through it for painting  
This stool was made by Lyon - probably in the 1960s.  We have several of these and others - not to mention some cool vintage metal desks.  (Working on one soon with Berry Pink.)
Here she is painted and all put back together. Don't mind Jack.  He wants me to hurry up and finish so I can toss the tennis ball again.
Now on to the seat.....
Cut out enough fabric to cover the cushion and seat.   The trick is to stretch it really tight so there are no wrinkles.  You will see next that I was able to do that in spite of this sloppy looking job underneath.  Not the neatest but what can I say?  Didn't name my blog messy mimi just for the heck of it  :)
Here is the industrial chair all dolled up.   I love it and there are more chairs waiting for a new life.....and desks and shelves and so on and so on ............
And I love some rusty stuff too - stay tuned! 

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  1. Oh Mimi I just love it! My kitchen is roosterish right now and this would fit right in!


  2. I adore this little chair! The fabric is perfect! I would love to have you link this up at Show & Share on Wednesday!

  3. This is so cute! what a great idea. I love that you chose red for the chair!

  4. I LOVE it- I can't resist anything red! The rooster fabric is absolutely is adorable... and so is that sweet dog in the background!

  5. I've got one of those stools in my garage waiting for a makeover!Love that red.Thanks for sharing.

  6. That fabric is fantastic! It looks like it was made for that chair. Great job brining your vision to life!

  7. I love seeing Jack in the background! Our golden was in the background of our pictures for so many years! Often just a blur of fur on a pass through!
    LOVE the red chair!
    Thank you for popping by- I love getting your comments!
    Kerry at

  8. totally and completely adorable! Love chickens - and red - and industrial shop stools. Yours has the best of everything! So nice of you to drop by and leave a thoughtful comment Mimi - I so appreciate it. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead :) Diane

  9. What a fantastic overhaul of that old chair! It looks amazing now!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. Oh my butt remembers those chairs from the 1980s when I worked in print shops. I would have loved a great comfy redo. And wonderful choice of color.
    I think Jack is just safe guarding his ball so it does not get repurposed or painted.

  11. Mimi, your chair looks amazing! What a creative and fun project. Great job and thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum.

  12. @Rust-Oleum ScottThank you so much! Love this paint. Getting ready to paint an old vintage gray steel desk next!

  13. i love that stool- so cool and retro! red was the perfect choice for that!

  14. This is darling! I loved it even before you put the cushion on...I'm a sucker for red!

  15. Looks good, and I love the fabric. I've used colonial red before. It's a great color.

  16. I love this chair, Mimi. LOVE it. And I know our Mom would go crazy for it.

  17. Very very cute. I love red and I adore roosters. Thanks for joining WOW.

  18. This is so cute! Love that shade of red!

  19. I can't believe the difference! And the red was a bold choice and just pops. Fabulous!

    I am a new follower from the Show and Tell Linking Party at Blue Cricket Design. If you have a chance come by and say hi.

  20. Love anything red and that chicken fabric is adorable.

    You are So lucky to have access to those great industrial pieces.

    I can't wait to see the desks you mentioned.

    Thanks for linking up to my Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    @ Bunny Jeans Decor and More!
    (my MAIN blog)

  21. Great transformation! I really like the color. A coat of paint really freshened it up.

  22. Love the color love the rooster fabric and the finished chair is just so cute.

  23. The chair looks so cool. Excellent choice of fabric and color.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun.

    The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)

  24. Oh my gosh - THAT is adorable!!! I love it!!!

    ;-D robelyn

  25. Love, love, love! The rooster print is adorable and the red is the perfect punch. Great job!

  26. This turned out awesome!!! I love the red you used. The fabric is adorable too! Great job!

  27. Your chair looks wonderful! Love the red and the fabric is fun too

  28. Wow..that chair looks totally different! I love it!
    I hope you will link up with me here:

  29. mimi :)

    i came on here to thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog and now i see this amazing before and after of this chair--love it! the color red is brilliant and the fabric you found is so fun! i still cannot believe what it used to look like compared to the final result, so great!

    thanks again mimi, have a good weekend!

    katie@little things bring smiles

  30. This is such a darling that fabric!!!


  31. Love that chair! great job Do you sell your projects or are they just for you?

  32. I adore the chair! And I love Jack too. I think my golden girl "dogter" Lily would love him too. She's my blogging assistant. :)

  33. I love this. Very cute..makes me wish I had roosters in my kitchen. ;)
    Thanks for the sweet comment.

  34. Hooray for spray paint! Great job :)

  35. I love this adorable chair! This would be so perfect pulled up to the kitchen island as a barstool! Great job!

  36. Pigs are sort of my thing, but I have always loved rooster prints. Love how you transformed this chair. So pretty!
    Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time.

  37. LOVE that red pop of color. Thanks so much for coming by Market Monday!

  38. Love this chair! The red is awesome! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

  39. Turned out so great! Thanks for linking with us at Show & Share!


  40. Mimi,
    Love,love,love your chair, fabric, paint choice,[red is one of my favorite colors] and love you blog.

    New follower!

    Blessings, Audrey

  41. Love it! That fabric and the red is just wonderful! what a great redo. thank you for joining TTF and have a fun week!

  42. Oh Mimi, I love it!! Of course, you had me at rooster! Thank you so much for linking to It's a Party!

  43. Awwwww....Mimi....that's what my son called my mother when he was growing up.

    So what part of NC do you live in? Gotta figure out how long it will take me to hightail it down to pick up one of those chairs!!

    Gloria from Virginia

  44. I have sat on one of these many, many times at work. Now they have plastic, ergonomical stools. We still have a few metal ones left. This looks great!

  45. I love the chair. Could you share what type padding and attachment process you used??

  46. LOVE THIS!!! The color is fabulous and the fabric is just soooo original! I have a thing for roosters.. I totally want the chair!!

    I would really be HONORED if you shared this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  47. Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up this evening!


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