The Evolution of a Chair

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I’m a girl who likes change. Anyone close to me will tell you that I change the décor in my home every six months… or at least so it seems. That’s why I love transforming furniture. I quick coat of paint or some fabric and you’ve completely transformed a piece.

So here’s my evolution of a chair.

I first purchased this old beauty from St. Vincent DePaul back in June of 2011 for $10.

I planned on putting this in my Great Room. A quick coat of black spray paint and some new fabric went a long way!  I was lovin’ the new look of the Traditional Chair.

It worked in that space for awhile, but then I found some amazing red damask fabric from Hancock Fabrics on clearance. Yep, the traditional looking chair was going to get a Mod Makeover.

I seriously drooled over this fabric on a daily basis, but had no place to put the chair when I gave my Great Room a mini-makeover. So, now it’s found a new home in my newly renovated Master Bedroom…

I found this fun and funky fabric from Hancock Fabrics when I was working on my Master Bedroom Makeover. I’ve actually had my eye on this pattern for quite some time but never had a place to use it… until now.

I’m quite happy with this chair for now. It’s come a long way since I first purchased it for $10 about a year ago! Maybe someday I’ll paint the frame white, but for now I’m diggin’ the new fabric.

So, do you have a piece of furniture that you keep revamping?

Back to Black: Reupholstered Chair for Great Room

Yes, I know. I’ve been on a bit of a revamped chair kick recently! While at St. Vincent De Paul last week, I spotted this lovely chair. It caught my eye with the cool bevels in the wood…and the ugly fabric of course! I decided to purchase the chair to refurbish for my Great Room. Thought it would be a lovely piece to add next to my fireplace and at only $10 it was hard to pass up!

So here’s the before and after! Here’s how I transformed this chair for less:

First stop, Hancock Fabrics. I love to check out the remnants section. At $4 a yard, you can’t go wrong! So my Great Room features deep colors that can be found in most rooms of my house: deep reds, tans, olive green, and black. My match the decor, I opted for a traditional and posh pattern with those colors. I purchased one yard knowing that would be more than enough!

Next, I took apart the chair seat from the base. Just 4 screws held the chair together.

I washed the chair to get rid of all dust and grime. Then I primed with Zinsser 123 Bull’s Eye white paint. I did two coats, allowing dry time in between each coat.

While waiting for the paint to dry, I decided to work on the seat cover. I first removed the old seat cover and all staples. I reused the padding underneath, just straightened out and made sure it was in good enough condition.

I measured, making sure the pattern was completely centered on the seat. I stapled into place, and often flipped the chair seat over to make sure everything was staying aligned and perfectly in place.

When the primer had set, I painted the chair base in Krylon’s flat black spray paint. Normally I really don’t like using Krylon. Yes, it’s cheap, but I feel like I have to do more coats than Rustoleum which actually costs more in the long run. I finished  with a thin coat of Minwax polyurethane.

So again, here’s the before and after!

Final costs for this project: $10 for the chair from St. Vincent De Paul, $4 for the yard of fabric from Hancock Fabrics, $4.50 for the Zinsser primer, $7 for the two cans of Krylon flat black spray paint. I had some Minwax already on hand so final cost was right around $25!