before & after: leslie’s chair


this fun chair before & after comes from designer and artist leslie lewis sigler. she had a hand-me-down chair from her mother-in-law that needed an update so she decided to give it a facelift with some glossy spray paint and fabric from hitmoi kimura. i love that glossy black look and think it really elevates the chairs from frumpy to fresh and modern. thanks, leslie!

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  1. un-bride says:

    Wow! This looks fabulous. What a gorgeous update.

  2. Love the change. That chair looked like a 70’s disaster, but looks modern and cool now

  3. jamie says:

    Gorgeous! I love that fabric.

  4. Amy says:

    My awesome friend LESLIE made this chair, not Leah!! :) Thanks for posting this. She always does great work!

  5. made sweet says:

    love it love it love it

  6. Love it!!! I just featured Hitomi’s amazing fabrics in my post on the Top 10 Modern, Eco-friendly, Printed Fabrics on Etsy: http://craftingagreenworld.com/2009/02/10/top-10-modern-eco-friendly-printed-fabrics-on-etsy/

  7. Marlene says:

    Great update! The black works very well with that pattern.

  8. Sofia says:

    Truly stunning. I wish I had the imagination to see the “after” while looking at the “before.” Amazing.

  9. Ooh and Ahh! This is utter perfection! I adore the glossy black finish—just perfect for the faux bamboo detailing!

    This makes me seriously think about which objects in my own house could use a little TLC…

  10. Jenna says:

    Glossy black spray paint is a godsend. Black+white+1 color is a never-fail combination. Awesome chair!

  11. sabrina says:

    How inspiring! Awesome work.

  12. paula says:

    i love the fabric! so fun. i would love for you to check out my blog today!

    http://twoellie.blogspot.com/2009/02/in-bedroom.html

  13. Mica says:

    Excellent idea! I need Leslie to come to my house!

  14. carol says:

    the black really brings out the great lines of the chair! fab transformation…

  15. Wow!! Great result.. The combination of the chair and fabric color is nice.

  16. Emily says:

    This is a fabulous redo. I love the simplicity. This chair would look lovely in my apartment. :)

  17. jenny says:

    I have a question? did you have to sand down the chair at all prior to spray painting? I have a lil table I might want to try this on.

    look forward to hearing tips.

  18. Leslie says:

    Hi Jenny. Yes, I sanded the chair first. It roughens the surface so the paint will stick. Have fun with your project!

  19. Morena says:

    good job!!! excellent, i enjoy your blog so much

  20. Simon says:

    Nice, but the paint on the woven wicker back is gonna peel off.

  21. Lauren says:

    What needs to be done differently to avoid peeling?
    Love the chair! I want to do something like this for my kitchen table chairs.

  22. I love Kalla’s fabrics. Really put to good use here, looks fly.

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