Chair Makeover

One more post about a yard sale find. (I really never go yard-saleing – I just got lucky, ‘happening-to-pass-by’ two garage sales in my own neighborhood this summer.)  So at a yard sale down the street from my house I spotted these 2 chairs. $10 for the pair. They looked a little bedraggled but full of potential.

Here is the “after”.  It only took me about a month and a half of looking at the chairs to decide what I wanted to to. So many colors and directions to go with these beauties.  In the end I decided I was feeling the ‘scandinavian‘ vibe and went white.
I found the fabric at Ikea (see? Scandinavian!) on clearance for $4.50 a yard.  Here I am channeling my ‘inner-Hildi‘ (remember Trading Spaces?) and upholstering for the first time. Never mind that it’s only a small, flat cushion, I felt empowered by that staple gun.

I used white, gloss Krylon to paint the chair. Not fancy.  I probably need to add a coat of some kind of finisher, glaze or something and I’m undecided about whether or not to distress it a little bit.  I’ll keep mulling it over for a few more weeks before I tackle the other chair as well.  It’s still a work in progress.

Here’s the nice ‘before and after’ shot.  My china-hutch re-do is still probably my favorite furniture makeover, but the chair is definitely a close second. Cost-wise per chair: Chair = $5, primer = $3.50, paint = $3.50, fabric = $2.25 for a total of $14.25. I think I can handle doing the other one.


  1. says

    Love your chair! I'm channelling the same Scandinavian feel over here in Australia (you've reminded me to go down to the garage and give my project another coat of nearly-white…). Hope my finished product looks as good as yours!

  2. says

    Nicely done — I like the clean white of the paint and the stripey pink fabric. If it were me, I&#39;d not distress it.<br />I also had to go back and read your posts on redoing the china cabinet and your second hand living room.

  3. says

    Honestly I&#39;ve seen some &#39;make overs&#39; recently where I thought it looked better before (I didn&#39;t comment!) but this chair looks a million times better. I like the vibe you were going for and think you were successful! They look lovely and I like the fabric choice with the white. Nice job :) Now if you&#39;d like to come and have a go at mine…?!

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