Chair Makeover: Boring Brown to Beachy Birds


A vintage chair makeover: boring brown to beachy birds. Themed Furniture Makeover Day- see 9 "numbers" themed furniture makeovers.  girlinthegarage.net

It’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day!  This month we chose “Numbers” as the theme.  I had several ideas running through my mind for this project, but when I saw this fabric at Hobby Lobby it was love at first sight – good thing there are numbers on it.  😉  After you’ve finished reading about my chair makeover, be sure to visit my friends’ projects at the end of this page!  See all the previous TFMD projects HERE.

You may remember me showing you this chair a while ago in my treasure hunting post:

Boring brown vintage chair

It was brown with a really boring seat.  After finding the lovely bird fabric I decided the chair should be lighter, so first I painted two coats of Valspar Wool Coat from an old sample can.  (Light brown/gray color, also pretty boring!  See it below.)

I ended up dry brushing Old Ochre Chalk Paint® all over it several times, which gives it a softer/beachy look.  Learn more about the dry brushing technique HERE.  Then I finished it off with Annie Sloan clear wax.

A vintage chair makeover: boring brown to beachy birds. Themed Furniture Makeover Day- see 9 "numbers" themed furniture makeovers.  girlinthegarage.net

I recovered the seat in this fabulous linen-like fabric with pretty birds and vintage-looking script.  Read advice about how to do any kind of chair makeover HERE.

A vintage chair makeover: boring brown to beachy birds. Themed Furniture Makeover Day- see 9 "numbers" themed furniture makeovers.  girlinthegarage.net

I thought it was only fitting to bring the birds outside to their natural environment.

A vintage chair makeover: boring brown to beachy birds. Themed Furniture Makeover Day- see 9 "numbers" themed furniture makeovers.  girlinthegarage.net

Here’s a closeup of the seat, where you can see plenty of NUMBERS.   😉   (Kind of a stretch for this month’s theme, but they’re there!)

A vintage chair makeover: boring brown to beachy birds. Themed Furniture Makeover Day- see 9 "numbers" themed furniture makeovers.  girlinthegarage.net

And here are some closeups of some of the dry brushed areas.  So subtle and pretty!

A vintage chair makeover: boring brown to beachy birds. Themed Furniture Makeover Day- see 9 "numbers" themed furniture makeovers.  girlinthegarage.net

A vintage chair makeover: boring brown to beachy birds. Themed Furniture Makeover Day- see 9 "numbers" themed furniture makeovers.  girlinthegarage.net

Thanks for joining me for Themed Furniture Makeover Day!

I wonder what next month’s theme will be…. ??

Jen


 


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18 Comments on Chair Makeover: Boring Brown to Beachy Birds

  1. dria
    July 24, 2014 at 7:05 am (2 years ago)

    Wow this came out awesome! I love the style of this chair, the colors and of course that fabric is right up my alley! You did a fantastic job on this!
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  2. Marie@the interior frugalista
    July 24, 2014 at 8:28 am (2 years ago)

    Wow Jen I absolutely love your chair – that fabric is fabulous! I don’t have any numbered pieces to share but I’m sure enjoying the ones that have linked up so far.

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  3. Jeanette
    July 24, 2014 at 9:08 am (2 years ago)

    Jen, I love everything you do and this one is over the top. That fabric is stunning and the painting on the chair is awesome. Beautiful job. Fun tour! ~Jeanette
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  4. Paula@SweetPea
    July 24, 2014 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

    That fabric is so pretty! I hope you bought enough to use for some other projects.

    I love the color you chose for this chair and the fabric coordinates perfectly. I’ll bet it sells quickly in your shop.
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  5. Shanna Gilbert
    July 24, 2014 at 9:58 am (2 years ago)

    This turned out so pretty Jen! I love all of the carving of the chair and I think the dry brushing was the perfect touch! Great job!
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  6. Rose L.
    July 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE THE MAKEOVER–MUCH IMPROVED!
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  7. Jann
    July 26, 2014 at 10:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Jen, I wonder if you could email me re the Hobby Lobby fabric? I need your help. Thank you! Jann

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  8. Jessi at Yankee Belle Home
    July 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Gorgeous transformation! You’d never guess it was the same chair. The paint and fabric you chose complement each other so nicely. I really adore that bird print! Happy to have found you via Rhoda’s blog.

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    • Jen
      July 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Jessi, thank you so much for the compliment and for stopping by! 🙂

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