August 23, 2012

Side Chair Facelift

After sprucing up the bookcases with some great fabric, and having plenty of fabric leftover, I decided to tackle the side chair in the living room. I have two of these chairs that I got free from my office. They were going to throw them out because the fabric is dated. Well, the chairs are in perfectly good condition! Why throw them out? And they are comfortable. I don't think these were cheap chairs! A fresh coat of paint and the new fabric is just what they need! I don't think I have enough fabric to do both chairs, but I only have one in the living room, so I will be covering that one. I just read an article about a spray paint made specifically for fabric. Hmmm...if I can find a coordinating color that is in the fabric, I will be giving this a try!!! But that comes later.

First, I removed the seat and back from the frame of the chair. Lovely, isn't it?

side chair makeover

Then I gave the chair a coat of primer. I chose a dark, difficult color. I had this paint in the basement called Clarity Wine. Yes, it is a red, which means it is going to take several coats of paint. This is how it looks after a coat of primer and two coats of paint...

side chair makeover

It's a bit on the pink side! It will be a beautiful red when it's done. It just happened this was the same shade of red as in the fabric. Kind of weird since I already had the paint, huh? Some things are meant to be!

While the paint was drying, I covered the seat and back in the new fabric. The old fabric was in good condition and clean, so I stapled the new fabric over it.

side chair makeover

I had this fabric leftover from the bookcase makeover (see Not Just For Books Anymore). So for $7.50 I redid the bookshelves AND recovered this chair! Love that! Remember the fabric on the chair in the before picture? Well here it is now!

side chair makeover

After many coats of paint, five to be exact, the frame of the chair is finally done!

side chair makeover

Time to reattached the seat and back! And here it is all done and ready to take its place in my living room!

side chair makeoverside chair makeover

This was my first time tackling a project like this, but definitely won't be my last! What do you think? Have you had success with a project like this?

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  1. that is really cute- love that red paint!

  2. Hi! They look great! I have 2 chairs that are almost exactly the same as yours. I can't figure out how to remove the cushions. I can't see any visible screws. How did you do it? Thanks!

    1. Thanks Cindy! I'm glad you like them. To remove the seat cushion I flipped the chair over and removed the screws. There were 4, 2 located near the front going into the frame, and 2 near the back going into the frame. There were visible drilled holes in the frame, but the screws are embedded so you don't see them once they are screwed in. For the backrest cushion, on the back of the chair there were 4 "knobs" (for lack of a better word). These were covering the screws, similiar to what you see on say a bookcase you assemble yourself. These were difficult to remove. I took a needle-nosed pliers and carefully wiggled them out, then removed the screws. I used the same pliers to hold those little "knobs" to paint them as well. This way, I didn't get my fingers all messy. :) When I put the little "knobs" back in, I placed a towel over them to protect them and used a hammer to tap them back in. Another tip, when I was stapling the fabric on, I was sure to leave the holes for the scews exposed, this way it was easier to but them back on and line up the cushions so they were straight. Hope this helps! Good luck with your chair project and thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you come back soon!

  3. Great lift! Thanks for sharing with my party.

  4. Thanks Debbiedoo! It was great fun! I will be back!

  5. looks great! I did a chair similar to this once but couldn't get the back off... and you could tell! I'll have to try again. Thanks for sharing on the Korner!

  6. Thanks for stopping by Kammy! I'm sure if you try again, you will nail it (I've seen your blog, so I'm SURE you can do it)! :)

  7. I can't believe you made that chair look so cute! I always see those kinds of chairs and think they are hopeless- good job!


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