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Once again this year Jane, Carol and I donated chairs to the Branded Auction.  I purchased the chairs at a consignment store and had them recovered in plain canvas, and the very talented children at Cook Children's Hospital turned them into works of art!  For more information about Branded go here.  Last year over $200,000 was raised for the Palliative Care Unit at Cook Childrens!  The chairs will be auctioned tonight–so hoping they bring a lot!!  Also, I wonder if they will stay together, or go to separate homes?

First shot 


2 chairs bw 


Black and white 


Chair backs 

I think this is such a great project that any school or charitable organization can easily do.  Just remember to put lots of clear coat on the finished product.   E-mail me if you have questions.  

This was a real group effort, and I want to thank everyone that pitched in to help!



  • Maile John
    August 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Beautiful Chairs, beautiful charity!

  • Style Odyssey
    August 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    WOW!! I love these! The children did a beautiful job! I hope lots of money is raised.
    What type of clear coat do you use? I have a chair I need to recover.

  • Stephanie
    August 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    You are TRULY a wonderful person!!

  • Caddy
    August 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    The chairs are so eye catching and happy! I can easily imagine how seeing them would brighten someone’s day! Even better that it’s all for a good cause. I hope they fetch a fair amount of money for the hospital!
    You guys deserves 3 cheers for this!

  • Kazuko
    August 27, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    what a wonderful idea. and the result is fabulous!

  • The Photodiarist
    August 28, 2010 at 7:28 am

    What bright cheerful chairs!! They are beautiful!

  • judy@judyaldridge.com
    August 28, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I think it was just behr clear coat. I used the high gloss–good luck, send pics if you re-paint a chair!

  • Vanessa
    August 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    These are such a good initiative and the results are so beautiful, as well as exciting. I hope your auction is most successful ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx vanessa

    August 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    These are fantastic! You and your daughter have such beautiful blogs!

  • Style Odyssey
    August 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    thank you, judy.
    i haven’t decided how i’ll do the chair. maybe i’ll post a “before” pic and take suggestions! i need to look at some fabrics, too…

  • fashion ice
    August 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    wow how beautiful the colors are lovely, really nice!

  • Stacey Kelly
    August 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    these are so neat ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stephanie
    August 29, 2010 at 2:37 am

    these are so fun and beautiful!

  • Roz
    August 29, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Great creative idea to raise money for a worthy cause – I hope they did well at auction. The black and wite shots are particularly nice.
    I was thinking about all the different dsigns you could do on a plain chair, from a natural theme (flowers, leaves, trees) to Mondrian style colour blocks or fashion illustrations. So many options to explore!
    I wwas also wondering if you got my email Judy? I’d love to hear your response.

  • Lindsay
    August 29, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Judy, how wonderful! Glad you are doing this! I would love to know the hot pink color you painted the chairs…? I want to do something similar in my new house! Let me know please! ๐Ÿ™‚ My email is lindsayharper@gmail.com or you can respond on here!

  • Nickie Frye
    August 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Oh my goodness! These chairs are brilliant! I absolutely adore them. I hope these fabulous pieces raise tons of money. I’d love to do a similar project for a local school my church has adopted. Did the children paint the entire chair, or just the cushions?
    I agree with Lindsay & would love to know the name of the pink paint you used.

  • Kath
    August 30, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Well done!
    Loved the chairs, Iยดm sure they will make success!

  • The Owl's Closet
    August 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Oh wow, this is such an awesome project for a wonderful cause! Thanks for sharing! The chairs came out great. Hopefully, they’ll stay together as a pair:)

  • kristen
    August 31, 2010 at 10:07 am

    What a fantastic idea! I bet the kiddos loved it!! Turned out fun and stylish!