Hi friends, are you ready for Thanksgiving this week? Are you doing any sprucing around the house for guests? One way to quickly make a big difference is to give an old chair a makeover. Some new paint, new fabric, and you’ve got a great “new” seat for someone to rest their bum. Okay so it takes a little more work than that, but not much!
This is how this vintage lyre-back chair looked when I bought it at the thrift store:
Here’s what I did.
- First I cleaned it up and unscrewed the seat.
- Then I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite (dark gray/black).
- After the paint dried I waxed it with Annie Sloan clear wax and then dark wax. (Read my tips for using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wax)
The seat had flattened over time so I decided to add some padding. I headed over to Joann Fabric and bought one piece of foam for less than $5 after my coupon.
- I laid the foam directly over the seat and cut the sides to mimic the shape.
- Then I laid the fabric (from Hobby Lobby) over the pad to determine which area I wanted visible.
- I cut the fabric, leaving about 3-4 inches extra on the sides.
- After ironing, I made sure the script was centered and flipped everything over.
- I folded the edges before stapling to keep them from unraveling. (I often have to hammer the staples in if they don’t go all way in with the staple gun.)
- The corners were folded and stapled twice each to secure excess fabric. As you can see, they don’t have to be perfect or all exactly the same- just make sure the visible part of the corners look nice!
- I screwed the seat back on and that’s it – now the chair is tres chic and the seat is super comfy!
Making over a chair is fairly simple- some new paint and fabric can make it look completely different!
For more inspiration, I have several other chair makeovers in my Project Gallery.
If you’re traveling this week, please be safe!