Bye Bye Brown, Bonjour Blue {A Chair Makeover}

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Blue chair makeover by Girl in the Garage.

This is a chair I’ve had in my garage for a couple months, waiting patiently for its turn to get a makeover.  Well the time came when I wanted to get a quick project finished before leaving for Haven in a few days!  As I walked through Joann’s searching for the perfect fabric, I was drawn to some bright medallion prints like I used for my footstool recently.  But alas… the curvy vintage lines on the chair called for a more traditional pattern, so I chose a floral that’s colorful yet neutral enough to work in several different types of spaces.  Here is the mandatory Before picture:

BEFORE:  Blue chair makeover by Girl in the Garage.

First I cleaned the chair really well; a little spider had made its home underneath (yuck).   Then I removed the seat by turning the chair over and taking the screws out.  Next I painted the chair navy blue (Indigo Streamer) with a Valspar latex paint sample.  I finished up with a couple coats of Annie Sloan clear wax to protect it.

For the seat, I used a staple gun to secure the new fabric over the top of the old fabric.  I paid special attention when folding the corners and cut out where the holes were for the screws.

FABRIC:  Blue chair makeover by Girl in the Garage. Blue chair makeover by Girl in the Garage.

Then I attached the seat to the chair again and it was finished – so simple!

Blue chair makeover by Girl in the Garage.

I just love the details on back of the chair and I think the blue makes it look more regal.   😉

Blue chair makeover by Girl in the Garage. Blue chair makeover by Girl in the Garage.

 If you’d like to see 8 more fabulous seating makeovers, click HERE.  (You won’t regret it!)


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38 Comments on Bye Bye Brown, Bonjour Blue {A Chair Makeover}

    • Jen
      July 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Amy- I linked it up!

  1. Megin
    July 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm (6 years ago)

    That blue is so yummy, Jen. I wonder if it’s due to the wax? It just looks so good!
    Thanks for sharing ~ I’m visiting from your fb post.
    ~ Megin of VMG206
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  2. Irene
    July 31, 2013 at 5:58 pm (6 years ago)

    I just love that color blue. It came out beautiful. Enjoy Irene

  3. Therena
    August 1, 2013 at 1:53 am (6 years ago)

    Beautiful!! I love the color!

  4. Rachel Jokerst
    August 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm (6 years ago)

    I do love the color you chose for these chairs! So sophisticated!

    • Jen
      August 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm (6 years ago)

      Yeay!! Thanks so much Amy! 🙂

  5. Joyce
    August 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Visiting from Southern State Of Mind and your chair make over is absolutely beautiful and amazing. I love the fabric you have chosen and I am a blue person too!
    Happy Hugs,

  6. Joselyn @The DIY Spot
    August 8, 2013 at 10:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Love the new color. Looks great with your fabric choice. I have a similar chair with similar legs patiently waiting for me in my garage. Hope you enjoyed yourself at Haven. I went last year and had a nice time.

  7. Katie
    August 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm (6 years ago)

    WOW…this chair is beautiful! I love it and want it! Great makeover, love the paint color and fabric. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jen
      August 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you, Katie! So glad you stopped by. I love the blue too- I might have to find another project to use it on! 😉

  8. Jenna
    August 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Cute! Love the color, and the name!

  9. Brenda Young
    August 10, 2013 at 12:04 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Jen,
    Wow what a lovely shade of blue, wonderful fabric choice and I love the lines on this chair. You’ve got a great eye Garage Girl! Pinning and following across the boards!
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    • Jen
      August 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm (6 years ago)

      Wahoo! Thanks so much Amber! 🙂

    • Jen
      August 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Eliesa! Honestly I had a bad experience with polyurethane a few months back so I’ve stuck to using clear wax lately unless I’m using spray paint. Yes the paint was one of the 4 oz. samples you can buy from the shelf at Lowe’s.

    • Jen
      August 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm (6 years ago)

      That’s so sweet- thank you Kathleen!

  10. Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse
    August 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm (6 years ago)

    Jen, it’s gorgeous! You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week’s party. Hope to see you again at the blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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    • Jen
      August 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much! I just stopped by and grabbed the button. 🙂

  11. Meegan
    September 2, 2013 at 11:23 am (6 years ago)

    I love, love, love your chair makeover, Jen. The fabric is a perfect choice. Thanks for letting me feature your chair on I’ve Got The Monday Blues, oday 🙂
    Make it a blue Monday.
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  12. Cindy
    September 3, 2013 at 8:23 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Jen, what a fabulous choice of color and fabric for this chair! I adore chair makeovers and this def ranks in my top faces 🙂 I’m a new follower….a brand new blogger too – I’d love it if you’d check my blog out and follow 🙂
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  13. Paula@SweetPea
    November 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the color of blue paint that you used and the chair’s fabric coordinates perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing with this week’s Throwback Thursday party!
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  14. Carolyn Smith
    November 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the intensity of that color!! Great job, Jen!
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  15. Sharon
    August 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm (5 years ago)

    LOVE this fabric!!!

  16. Liz
    October 23, 2014 at 11:19 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s beautiful! Awesome job! Did you have to sand it? Is it creamy looking because of the latex paint or the clear wax? I looooovvvve it!

  17. Tammy
    February 20, 2015 at 3:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovely work! Curious to know what type of brushes doe you find work best on furniture with satin paint. I have a project on tap and I’m not happy with a bristle brush and chalk paint combo.

    If I use satin on something ornate like you did, what do you recommend for a brush?

    I’m like you – I like the was finish too!!
    Thanks 🙂


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