Home décor with a purpose of repurposing.

Blanket Approach

blanket as upholstery on chairThe name of the game is “trash to treasure.” I’m on a mission to rescue disregarded and discarded art as well as other home furnishings. My favorite pieces right now are a sweet Chinese brush painting of a black cat, and a 70’s watercolor of pastel mushrooms. Somehow they work well hanging on the same wall. I still haven’t decided if I want to keep the original frames, or update them a little. Hmmmm…

Somethings look better in their warn yet original state. I’m not talking about me, I’m talking about the old brass plated ashtray which I simply covered with a plate and used as a plant stand. Those chairs though, are another story. They weren’t anything special and most of the construction is laminate and “cheepish” wood.

Since the chairs weren’t significant, I gave myself the challenge of not spending any money on repurposing them. So, I pulled out some leftover chalk paint, some milk paint, and some latex paint. I mixed them all together and added water to thin it out. The result was a beautiful blue-grey with a slight eggshell feel (not too chalky). The upholstery is actually a bedspread which I rescued from the dumpster at a sorting facility. Its hard to see, but the quilting stitch is the same blue-grey as the chair.

The chairs are more special now. Thanks to friends, Charlie and Alana for thinking of me, and giving me first dibs before the chairs went to the curb. I hope you aren’t offended I called them insignificant.

I think I’ll start collecting quilts and blankets as upholstery now. Its a good approach.

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6 responses to “Blanket Approach”

  1. Lynn Streit says:

    Clever, Clever, CLEVER girl! I also love the cat and mushroom paintings… prefer the cat frame as is, but would be interested to see you work some magic on the shrooms.

  2. Alana says:


    I would say the chairs were more “neglected” or perhaps just, ok. They were sorta junky. Bearing the psychic weight of “Man. I really ought to do something with those.”

    You did a lovely job on them!

  3. Layne says:

    Love the chairs and the art and all of it put together!

  4. Bill says:

    Love the shade of gray you created.

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