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PaleoRunnerGirl gets crafty

First of all, thank you so much for your hobby suggestions! I loved them and it made me very exciting to dive into the world of extra-curricular activities!

I actually embraced my first hobby yesterday–I decided to get crafty.Β  And let me tell you, this is the first time I have been crafty since probably middle school–I am NOT artsy in any way, shape, or form. But I was inspired by Pinterest and I decided to dive in!

I saw an amazing desk chair transformation by Joy from and decided to give it a go. You can see her more professional and legit endeavor HERE.

I gleaned from her process and adapted it to my lack of sewing and inability-to-follow directions nature.

I started off with your average, run-of-the-mill desk chair.


Guys, despite being SO comfortable, this thing is such and eyesore. It is boring and just so man-chair-esque.

I began by pulling out our tool kit (probably a first…) and taking the chair partially apart.

I then went to Lowes and bought a can of $4 white spray paint and got to work painting the bottom part and the arms.

I then went to Walmart to pick out fabric. Let me tell you, that was no easy task–there were SO many options.Β  I wanted to do something with polka dots, but they didn’t have any good polka dot colors–sadness. Then I decided my two requirements were: 1) Girly and 2) Will match my future yellow office!

Drum roll please:



So I have no idea how to sew. I can sew a button on a shirt (very poorly), but that is the extent of my sewing skills. Thus, the key to my chair-making was this little guy:


Yep–glue! This little beauty was my BFF!

I also loved using these tiny little yellow pins to hold awkward corners in place.

I like to think of them like buttons!

Aren’t the little white legs cute?

I am pleased with the turnout, I am just telling people not to look too close!

With the paint, glue, and fabric, this chair project cost $27. I think it was worth every penny! It makes me actually excited to grade papers for the rest of my life. And, it is going to look darn good in my future yellow study! πŸ™‚

Are you crafty? Any crafting suggestions or websites I should check out? I need to find my next project!


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

24 responses »

  1. How FUN! I love how it turned out! You are adorable!! And what a great hobby!

    I love being crafty. My mom’s mom is super crafty, I just wish I had more time!

  2. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    This is ADORABLE! So when are you going to come craft up my furniture? πŸ˜‰

  3. That is so cute- so much more fun than a regular black chair! I need a rainbow chair like that in my classroom! That would be the coolest! πŸ™‚

  4. So adorable! What a great idea! I love the pink and it really does liven up a typical boring office.

  5. You did a great job! I love the pink fabric! πŸ™‚ I am not crafty, but there are so many ideas I have pinned on Pinterest that I would like to work on at some point!! My most recent project is the “Picture a Day”, and I’ve had so much fun taking pictures!

    • Thanks!!! I don’t think I would have ever done it if not for Pinterest! It totally makes me want to become a crafting person! I am officially inspired! I love your picture a day! You need to make a collage of all the pics when you are done!

  6. How fun!! I hate the way office furniture looks so that would be a cool update! And I’d totally choose PINK!

  7. Just found your blog—this is super cute! I love the idea!

  8. Cute! You really went for it on your first craft! That doesn’t look like it was an easy project, but it turned out great.

  9. Love how the chair turned out! I’m definitely not the craftiest person. I don’t have a lot of patience, which crafting requires a lot of! Actually… I DO have a lot of patience but I use it all up dealing with high schoolers every day!

  10. You did a great job! =]

  11. Wow! I’m very impressed! Pinterest is one of my favorite websites! I’ve tried a few of the recipes and they were good! I suggest trying to make over a really old piece of furniture next. Try something from goodwill and give it some new paint! Good luck crafting!

  12. Awesome job, Sally Anne! I love the fabric you picked out! And I think it will be lovely in your future yellow study. πŸ™‚ Yay for a DIY success!

  13. stinkandhincks

    so creative!!! i love it! the yellow pins are my fave!


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