Big reveal::Chair Makeover

chair makeover

Ta-da! It’s done.

It’s funny because when I first saw this chair, I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on the project. I passed it up at $25, but then my friend saw it a week later for $15.  She bought it and brought it over in her truck and I paid her back. That was a year ago, at least.  It took me a long time to convince myself that I could do this. Plus, an upcoming studio tour that I am in helped to motivate me to finally get it done. (And thank you to my friend for convincing me that I could and should do this.)

before after chair makeover

I am so in love with this chair.  I’m having a hard time letting anyone actually sit in it. For one, I’m a total novice at re-upholstery, and not entirely sure this thing is going stay together. Also, it’s just so darn pretty and I don’t want it to get soiled.

chair makeover

See the back there. I had to use different fabric because I muffed it up the first time.  Pretty good match for a quick and frantic run to the fabric store before the kids got out of school. You’ll rarely ever see the back of it anyway.

chair makeover

So here is the run down of costs:
Chair (thrifted): $15
Spray Paint: $7
Satin Finish spray $7
Fabric (front) $13
Fabric (back) $3
Batting $3
Trim $5
Misc (glue, staples, sand paper) $5
Grand Total = $58

Not bad for a fancy little chair. I could have never found a chair like this for any less. It was hard work, but totally worth the gratification of figuring it out all on my own.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional. If you need something sewn, recovered, fixed, re-finished etc, I am not the person for the job. Call a professional. They will do a better job and charge you less! I promise.

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15 Responses to Big reveal::Chair Makeover

  1. Alice says:

    This is lovely Regina. I actually like that the back of the chair fabric isn’t the same but goes really nicely.

  2. Wenonah says:

    Wow, wow, wow!! This is amazing! I love the contrasting fabrics, too! Happy accident.

  3. margaret says:

    Wow! What a transformation, it’s beautiful!

  4. Teresa says:

    It’s gorgeous! You did a great job!

    ~Have a lovely day!

  5. Emily says:

    The chair is amazing!!

  6. You did an amazing job Regina. I love the colors, as far as I am concerned, you can do anything.

  7. Anne in NC says:

    This has got to be the prettiest chair I have ever seen! Beautifully done!

  8. Holy COW!!!! This turned out gorgeous. Great job my friend!

  9. Koliti says:

    Absolutely magnificent! Love the turquoise & chili pepper red!
    When is your studio tour? I’ll bring brownies!!!

  10. Catherine says:

    That is such a beautiful chair! Amazing!

  11. bella says:

    I love that chair. So Much. I think that it was a happy accident that you had to find more fabric for the back because it gives it just that much more character. It looks great. Sit it in! Enjoy it! =)

  12. bella says:

    See. I was so excited I made a boo boo. I meant “sit in it” not the other way around. ha

  13. Nancy says:

    Wow, you did a great job, especially since you claim that you didn’t know what you were doing! Great color combination too – selected with an artist’s eye. Good luck with your studio tour; can’t wait to hear all about it.

  14. Sukie says:

    Wow! That’s an amazing chair!!! I love it :-))))

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