Layla Grayce Inspired Chair Makeover

Finally! A new post!! Last week was such a crazy joke.  Friday the 13th all week! First, my website crashed (and as you can tell, is still in process of recovering as we rebuild it), then I straight up lost my camera. At first I thought it was just hiding, but nope. It’s just plain gone. So I just went and bought one so I can show you my latest project, a Layla Grayce inspired chair. 

I have blogged on here before about my love for Layla Grayce furniture. It is absolutely exquisite, and I would love to own an original, but right now $1200-$2000 for one chair is a little out of my budget.

In fact, sometimes I feel like I should rename this website, “Beg, Borrow, and Steal Design”! =) Good thing I am slightly handy and very thrifty.

 I found this Lewittes Chair at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Mesa.

(Well, I have a little confession to make. This is not the exact chair I found in the Restore, but since I didn’t have a camera and wanted to get started I lifted this almost exact match off the web… mine actually has a more decorative leg area, but everything else is pretty much identical to begin with.) 

On a side note, if you haven’t checked out your local store YOU NEED TO! Not only can you find the most amazng deals (like my yet to be installed new, white Subway Tiles for .08 each) but the proceeds go to a great cause!

I found out that these chairs are collectable and range anywhere from $200-$700 a chair, and debated about selling it, but I couldn’t because I have been looking for a chair like this for a long time and I got mine for $36!!!!!

So I kept it and altered it as minimally as possible. The most permanent thing I did was start out by adding a dark chocolate glaze over the existing stain… no sanding… nothing. Straight over the top. The wood was very orangy, but the caning was a deep dark brown. Then I filled all the button divets with fiber fill and added a layer of batting, this not only made it more cushy, but held in the poly fill and hid the divets. I then did my “Slipholstering” technique… so if someone down the road preferred the gold velvet, it would easily come apart.

And without further ado, my completed chair:

A few close ups:

Now I had everything on hand to finish the chair off already, so I’ll just go over the two main costs, because the other stuff is so minimal, it’s not really worth mentioning: the chair was $36 and the fabric was $14. So all in all, I spent $50 on this chair… a drastic savings over a Layla Grayce chair. I can live with that.

What do you think?

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Up next, we started on my “tween”age daughter’s room this weekend. I am excited about how fun her room is going to be! Check back for that.

Again, so sorry for the delay and all the technical difficulties this week!

Happy Saturday!


10 thoughts on “Layla Grayce Inspired Chair Makeover

  1. Rebecca says:

    NataLee, I love the chair! I’m the one that voted you sell it, but as you and I (and the world) can see, it turned out BEAUTIFULLY and I’m so glad you kept it!!!! I can’t wait to see your daughter’s room, as I’m starting to do mine also :o) So I can’t wait to see what fun tips you have in store. Happy Saturday to you too!

  2. Holly says:

    Natalee, you are seriously amazing – the chair turned out beautiful! I’m going to be frequenting your website to give me ideas and inspiration for my own home!!

  3. NataLee says:

    Rebecca and Holly,

    I seriously contemplated selling it. I am glad I didn’t. I am happy it turned out. It’s so funny… my little guy thinks it’s his chair. Last night he pushed me out of it, so he could sit in it by himself!

    I am SOOOO excited for my daughter’s bedroom. It is going to be a little bold, but that is me… slightly over the top. I am glad you guys can get some inspiration from my website. That’s why I do this!

  4. Amy says:

    I can’t believe how AWESOME your chair turned out! It really looks so amazing! I am so glad you didn’t sell it! Great job. I was wondering what special tools and supplies you used to reupholster the chair?

  5. NataLee says:

    Hi Amy, No special tools at all. A screwdriver to remove seat, a sewing machine to sew a couple spots together, a staple gun to staple the fabric to the chair, and finally a hammer to nail the upholstery tacks in place on the back of the chair. So easy!

  6. Janet says:

    NataLee….GORGEOUS! Potentially good news for you or other “Lewitte” seekers…we found a super-funky long old couch and chair in a unit that we purchased. Naturally, hubby said they are “weird, old stuff”…but I think they’re fabulous. I want you to come and make them as beautiful as your chair!!!!

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