Easy & Adorable Chair Makeover
Hello friends. I have been busy creating lately and I want to share one of my latest projects with you. I love taking old worn out, well-loved, and well-used items and giving them a fresh look.
A few weeks ago, my son’s friend, Sophie brought home an art project and asked me to help her out with it. I was more than happy to oblige since I love getting my craft groove on whenever possible. This particular project involved taking a rather outdated chair and giving it some TLC and a complete makeover.
This is what the chair looked like when it arrived at my house. Though it seemed to be sturdy enough and in pretty good condition, structurally, it was in obvious need of a new look.
Sophie wanted to be able to use this when she redecorates her bedroom so we decided to go with a soft neutral color scheme to match her soft blue / tan / gray color scheme. Our next step was a shopping trip to our local Jo-Ann store, one of my favorite places to indulge in my love of fabric. After spending a nice long time soaking in all of the beautiful textures and prints, she picked out a beautiful black and gray Parisian and postmarks print on a creamy white background. I loved her choice. Classic and elegant yet, fun and a bit whimsical.
Next stop was at our local hardware store to stock up on primer and paint. Again, we chose a nice soft gray color to complement the print that was chosen. (note: there are lots and lots of choices in paints…flat, semi-gloss, etc. For a guide to paint types and uses, click here) http://www.sassysensibility.com/secrets-to-picking-the-perfect-paint-for-every-application/
After our shopping trip, we set to work. First we had to pry and tug on all of the tacks and staples to remove the old (fake leather?) upholstery, being very careful not to damage the foam padding underneath and to remove the fake leather intact so we could use it as a pattern to cut our new fabric. This may sound easy, but it was probably the most difficult part of the whole entire process. Those old staples and upholstery tacks were really rusted and jammed in. Thankfully Emmett was a good sport and helped us with this tricky task.
Once the old fabric was removed we had this beauty.
The old varnish was cracked and peeling in many spots so we sanded the old finish away until we had a nice smooth surface to apply our new paint. Emmett and Sophie volunteered to do the painting (which I gladly accepted) and had the sad old chair painted and looking good in no time. After the paint was dry, we took some coarse (80 grit) sandpaper and added a bit of distressing to give it that shabby chic look then sprayed the whole thing with a matte gloss top coat to seal everything up tight.
Using the old upholstery as a pattern, we carefully traced around and cut out the new fabric, being sure to allow extra fabric on all edges for folding under the raw edges and stapling. We put the old foam padding back on to the seat of the chair and tacked it into place with three dots of fast drying glue to keep it from sliding around while we put the fabric over it. Then we centered the fabric over the padding and folded under the back edges and tacked it into place using upholstery tacks (we used some nice brushed nickel finished ones to coordinate with the chair). Then for the bottom edge, we turned under the raw edges and stapled it down tight to the underside of the chair. We repeated the process for the back portion of the upholstery, pulling the fabric snug with a pair of pliers and tacking / stapling as needed to the underside of the chair back.
My very first attempt at upholstery and furniture refurbishing turned out amazing and now Sophie has a super cute chair to put into her new room. I think it turned out amazing and am going to have to go look at some local flea markets or antique shops to see if I can find me one to revamp.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a blessed day and be inspired.