Vintage Chair Makeover Make-under


DIY Chair Makeover - How a bright vintage chair was toned down with Chalk Paint and new fabric.  girlinthegarage.net

It’s really rare that I buy a piece of furniture that’s already been made over with the intent of redoing it.  But obviously the owner of this bright turquoise chair wasn’t happy with it anymore, because I got a great deal on it.  I really thought the color was too bright, the fabric was too thin and flimsy, and the chair pad that they added was too small (hence the lumps on the sides of the seat).

DIY Chair Makeover - How a bright vintage chair was toned down with Chalk Paint and new fabric.  girlinthegarage.net

Don’t get me wrong, I love turquoise, I just don’t think it looked right on this chair.  What this vintage (maybe antique?) chair needed was a make-under.

First I painted the frame in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey – not a true gray, more of an off-white with just a hint of gray.  (It needed a few coats to cover the turquoise.)

DIY Chair Makeover - How a bright vintage chair was toned down with Chalk Paint and new fabric.  girlinthegarage.net

I also gave it one coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

DIY Chair Makeover - How a bright vintage chair was toned down with Chalk Paint and new fabric.  girlinthegarage.net

I cut a new cushion pad from a giant roll I bought from Hobby Lobby a few months back and also recovered the seat.  The fabric is like a thick linen with subtle brown threads and a very subtle metallic shimmer… so pretty!

DIY Chair Makeover - How a bright vintage chair was toned down with Chalk Paint and new fabric.  girlinthegarage.net

For the final touch, I added some bronze nailhead tacks.   <3

DIY Chair Makeover - How a bright vintage chair was toned down with Chalk Paint and new fabric.  girlinthegarage.net

The chair is so much more versatile now and can work in almost any space – quite a big difference from the bright blue!

DIY Chair Makeover - How a bright vintage chair was toned down with Chalk Paint and new fabric.  girlinthegarage.net

For all of my tips on doing a chair makeover yourself, read this post. *

Finally, here’s a before/after comparison:

DIY Chair Makeover - How a bright vintage chair was toned down with Chalk Paint and new fabric.  girlinthegarage.net

Do you prefer the bright before or the neutral after?

This chair will be going to my booth soon…  unless I decide to keep it.   😉

Jen


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6 Comments on Vintage Chair Makeover Make-under

  1. Jolinda lampo
    June 12, 2015 at 1:54 pm (2 years ago)

    love the chair and what you did. It is much richer now than before. I am doing a chair right now and painting it turquoise (he he) but will paint over it with the country gray and sand a bit for the turquoise to come through. My home is moving into a beach theme. Keep up your beautiful work. I am always excited when you share.

    Reply
    • Jen
      June 14, 2015 at 10:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Rose! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Kim
    June 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the color of the neutral chair, however, I prefer the seat cushion on the turquoise one! Lovely job!

    Reply
  3. KATHLEEN WALSH
    June 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I like very much what you did to this chair, turned out so nice !

    Reply
    • Jen
      June 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Kathleen!

      Reply

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