Saturday, September 7, 2013

Just Another Chair Makeover

I painted my dish dresser as one of my first blog projects. 
I decided that the chair next to it should be white too. 


I know, I know you have seen a million junk chair makeovers. 
Blah, blah, blah.
Paint it white

and cover it with drop cloths.

I looked back over my photo album and noticed that I painted this chair almost a year ago.
I am just going to say that keeping up with my blog and teaching full time hasn't been always easy. I've gotten behind on some projects I've wanted to do around the house. This chair was one of them.
It cost me $8.00.
The local Methodist Church always has the best rummage sale. I always find cheap, fun stuff.


The chair was an ugly velveteen number. I'd recovered it twice over the years so I wasn't really looking forward to recovering it again. 

This morning I was finally ready to tackle the chair. 
I had some drop cloth material in my stash.  
The piece I used has been washed numerous times so it is nice and soft.

It had a few contrasting threads that give it a linen like appearance. 
If you haven't upholstered before start with a dining chair. Recovering a seat is the easiest upholstery project to do and it will give you practice and confidence to tackle a more challenging project.
I did the seat first. 

You will need a staple gun and staples. I have found that 3/8 inch work best for most of my upholstery projects. My stapler is by Arrow. It has been a work horse.
 I put one staple in the middle on one side. Then I switched to opposite side and stapled it. I continued to work out from the middle until I reached the ends. I did the same thing for the other two sides. 
This is especially important if the fabric has a pattern. It will keep a pattern straight.
The corners require more staples to make folds. 

I liked the decontrusted look of the loveseat so much that I did it again here. 

I switched from the stapler to tacks and a glue gun. I glued and tacked the back starting at the top. 
It was so easy and it gives it a casual look. 

One of the best things I like best about a neutral scheme is the ability to move stuff around. I can put this chair in almost any room of the house and it fits right in. 

The back consisted of one piece that tucked right in behind the frame.

I made some pillows to go with the chair. 
I stenciled some burlap and drop cloth. 

I asked Bill is we had a lucky number. He said the number 3 but we don't really have one. I stenciled the number 3 anyway. 


I think the chair came out cute!

I had everything to do this $8.00 project. 
The paint,
drop cloth material,
and the polyfill.

I just love a free makeover!

Linking with,
The Scoop,
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Coastal Charm   
Savvy Southern Style  
Feathered Nest Friday


  1. What a fabulous make-over on that chair! Very inspiring!

  2. You did a great job on the makeover. Love the chair, especially beside the hutch!!

  3. Absolutely darling, Katie! Blah, blah, blah (giggle). I have a little chair that has needed to be finished up FOREVER. I like the look of the tacks around the back (especially since my staple gun broke)Thanks for the tips and sharing your cute chair.


  4. You almost make me feel like even I could do a project like this! Well, maybe not. But I do love your new chair, and the pillows are so cute!

  5. Wow, totally transformed! What a great chair!


  6. Goodness, this just makes me want to re-do something. It looks so fresh and inviting. Great Job!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  7. Another gorgeous makeover! Thanks for linking up.

  8. I love how your chair turned out. The whole room looks nice and cosy. Thanks for the step by step.