On top of the move, we showed up to our new house with a U-haul full of furniture only to find the previous occupant left the house a complete disaster. Mess and smell on top of garbage and furniture all left for us to deal with. There were points that day that I wanted to cry. What does this have to do with a chair makeover? This chair was left amid the piles of garbage. Pretty much the highlight of that day... even in this state.
After we got semi settled, I made a trip to Home Depot for a few supplies and JoAnn's for the fabric.
Here's what I used:
• Light grit sandpaper
• Elmer's Wood Glue
• Elmer's Wood Filler Max
• 1 can of Kilz Spray Primer
• 2 cans of Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Spray Paint
• Staple Gun and staples
• About 1/2 yard of fabric
Step 1: Remove the seat. (4 screws right under the seat)
Step 2: Fix any large repairs. I repaired the broken arm with wood glue and clamped that over night.
On top of a broken arm, there was a lot more damage to this chair (this is where the wood filler will come into play). I thought about refinishing the wood first, but decided against it once I realized how damaged the wood was. No stain is going to cover this up.
Step 3: Lightly sand the entire chair and wipe the dust off with a damp rag.
Step 4: Give the chair a light coat of spray primer.
It won't be completely white. That's fine. Better to go light than to have drips.
Step 5: Fill in any missing chunks with wood filler. I'm guessing I could have done this before the primer but I still had some sanding to go so it didn't really matter.
Step 5 and a half: Not really step 6 since not everyone will have to do this, but my chair needed a lot of sanding. The finish was in bad shape and the wood filler was bumpy. So I went back and forth between sanding and priming sanding and priming... until I had a smooth finish. (The spray paint I used is in that picture)
Step 6: Reupholster the seat. While the final coat of primer dried, I went inside and reupholstered the seat. Lay the seat face down on the wrong side of your new fabric and staple away! I just went right over the old fabric, stapling on opposite sides while making sure it was pulled tight. This seriously takes like 10 minutes. : )
That's the old fabric... held on by tiny little nails. Yup... not pulling those out.
I got my new fabric at JoAnn Fabrics. It was $50/yard which is crazy! However, I had a 50% off coupon and I only got 3/4 yard. So it came to about $18. Much better than $50 and I love it!
Staple, staple, staple. I made sure to line up my pattern so one of the circles fell right in the center of the chair. Optional, but something to keep in mind.
Step 7: Paint! In my experience many light coats gets the best results. Here's what coat 1 looked like.
Better to have missed spots than drips. You can always spray it some more.
Here is my chair mocking me from the yard. I wanted to bring it in so bad but I knew it had more drying time to go. I think I did 4-5 coats over several hours. All very light.
Step 8: Reattach your new seat and admire your work. Done!
So what do you think? Inspired to try it?