We had a bevy of chair projects in our inbox, so I thought, why not share another trio of cool chair makeovers? The first one comes from Chyanne, who spotted this chair with an unusual back (and yucky upholstery) at a garage sale. After a heavy dose of sanding, staining and reupholstery, she wound up with a very charming mod chevron chair—this would certainly catch my eye in a furniture shop. Great job, Chyanne! — Kate
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Time: 5 hours
Basic Steps: I sanded all of the old, chipping varnish off – which took about three sanding sessions. Then I applied a light stain, and a couple layers of fresh varnish. Lastly, I recovered the seat cushion with the chevron fabric. I love wood. Sometimes it takes a little extra elbow grease to restore a tired old wood, but it is totally worth it. —Chyanne
See the other two chair makeovers after the jump!
I think it would be so fun to design the interior of a food establishment, and what would be more fun than one that specializes in baked goods? There’s almost always a dose of whimsy and delight in bakery interiors, and these dip-dyed chairs by Pilar are no exception. Pilar was helping her sister outfit her new bakery, Frosted, and she had the genius idea to modernize some thrifted chairs by adding a fresh coat of white and dipping the legs in cotton-candy pink. I love them! Perfect for a bakery. Nice job, Pilar!
Time: 8 hours
Cost: $125 for chairs and supplies
Basic Steps: We used white paint, spray primer and painter’s tape that was leftover from the construction of the bakery. Two of the chairs had been painted black, so they required a coat of primer. After priming, I applied 2 coats of white to each. After all had dried thoroughly, the legs were taped, and I flipped them upside down and painted just 1/3 with Glidden Pink Ballet Slipper paint. The next morning, they went right into the bakery!
I’ve always liked the look of aluminum chairs, but never found them quite comfortable enough to justify choosing them over something else. I appreciate the way that Jessica and Charlie have renovated this set of old Goodform Navy chairs — the padding looks nice and cushy, and the smart asymmetrical stripes and color palette offer a nod to the history of the chairs but also provide a nice modern, industrial look. Nicely done, guys!
Time: 2 weeks (on nights and weekends)
Basic Steps: For starters, these chairs were in overall good vintage condition. Besides some minor scratches on the aluminum and completely dry-rotted foam, there were no major blemishes on these beauties. Knowing that these chairs are somewhat hard to come by (especially in good condition) and the fact that we had five of them, we really wanted to do something special. We finally settled on modern military to the max. The first order of business was to remove the armrests, seats and seat backs to sand down the aluminum on each chair, removing all the grime, grit and minimal scratches. This was a long, grueling process. Once they were to our satisfaction, we wiped them down and clear-coated them. Next, we cleaned up the armrests and re-attached them. The foam on the seats was so dry-rotted, we had to chisel the foam off of the metal seat; let’s just say it was not pretty. We used authentic military wool in gray for our fabric choice, but that wasn’t enough. We custom screen-printed a modern, yet distressed, chevron design in red and white on the seat backs and a small red accent strip on the front left corner of each seat. From there, we reupholstered the seats and the seat backs, and viola, new life! — Jessica and Charlie