You know what my favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning is? Garage/yard/estate sales with my dad. We stumbled upon the best estate sale this weekend with some really incredible deals. I got myself a functioning jig-saw for only $5 and this cool-but-outdated armchair for $8:
I fully expected the man running the sale to ask for at least $20 for it, so I knew it was meant to be when he said $8. Let’s look at a few more pictures of the original chair before we dive into the makeover!
Tools & Materials Used:
- Staple Puller
- Staple Gun w/ Staples
- 180 Grit Sanding Sponge
- 3 Cans of Spray Paint
- 3/4 Yard of Fabric
- Iron-On Fabric Adhesive and Iron
Step 1 – Disassemble and Spray Paint
The seat of this chair was simple to remove – just four screws into the bottom held it on. The back, however, was stapled on as you can see in the photos above. I removed these with a staple puller to take the cushioned back off. I then removed the arms that were attached with four screws per side.
For the body of the chair, I used two coats of Rust-Oleum Universal Paint & Primer in One in Matte French Cream. I used two coats of the same brand in Metallic Champagne Mist on the arms.
Step 2 – Upholstery
Now, I’m no expert in upholstery, but I really didn’t love the way this one was done. Instead of just trimming the fabric edges, the previous owner covered the entire bottom in fabric and staples. Thankfully I was able to pull most of the staples out with the fabric before covering it in my own.
On the back, there was this pillow-like thing with fabric sewn into each end to attach it to the chair. I used a similar technique, but with iron-on fabric adhesive instead of sewing. I cut the old fabric ends off, made a seam on one edge of the new fabric with adhesive for a clean edge, and encased the pillow in fabric. I used adhesive on all three open sides at the edges of the pillow for a secure fit, while leaving longer ends on the top and bottom to attach it with.
Step 3 – Reassemble
I attached the back to the chair by wrapping the ends of the fabric on the top and bottom around the backrest supports and stapled it in place. To finish the chair, I screwed the seat and arms back into place. Below you’ll see some more pictures of the finished piece 🙂
Isn’t that a drastic transformation? The dark wood and mix of stripes with floral print really made this thing look dreary. I love the way a pretty new fabric and bright paint job can bring a piece like this back to life.
Do you have any great pieces you’ve restored? If so, I’d love to see! Leave a link in the comments so I can check out what you’re taking from dust to glory! In the meantime, I hope you all have a beautiful week!