A Chair Pair Makeover

At this point I’m sure that most of you know that The Lucketts Spring Market has been postponed to September 18th-20th.

*More info on that HERE*

Thank goodness it hasn’t been completely canceled and by that point hopefully things will be popping again.

In the meantime I thought I would share the projects I’ve been working on.

First up is this pair of reeeeeally boring chairs. They were probably mass produced for offices or hotels and I just happen to find two together.

IMG_7066

IMG_7069

A fairly straight forward upholstery job in my humble opinion.

IMG_7068

First step was to take them apart which required unscrewing the seat and backrest portions from the frames.

The separate fabric from the back needed to ripped off entirely.

IMG_7118

Sanding was next. My least favorite part of any project.

I needed to strip them down to the raw wood. I used 80 grit to remove the finish and 120 grit to smooth them out.

IMG_7126IMG_7279-2

After all that sanding the raw wood was still too orange for the look that I was going for so I needed to light that up.

IMG_7278

Not to sound unprepared for this next step, but I just grabbed some basic white, interior paint that we had sitting around and diluted it with water to create a whitewash mixture.

IMG_7287

If I had to guess, It was probably a 2 parts paint, 1 part water for the mixtures measurements.

IMG_7289-2

In sections, I would paint the watery paint mixture on to the chair, leave it for about 15-25 seconds and then wipe it away with a damp rag.

IMG_7296-2This would allow for the raw wood to soak up some paint but removing the residual would keep it from becoming too opaque.

I still wanted to be able to see the character of the wood under the finish.

IMG_7298

This is the difference the white washing makes. Crazy right?

IMG_7300-2

I topped the frames off with a protective coat of Minwax’s Polycrylic in CLEAR MATTE.

I don’t have a picture of me in the act but here is a snap of the can. I have the best luck find the clear matte version at Lowe’s.

IMG_6574

Once the frames were done it was time to move on to the upholstery work, starting with the backrest portions.

IMG_7369

I stripped the fabric off the frames and used the old stuff as a guild when cutting the new.

I used drop cloth that I had washed (also found at Lowe’s) for the backrest and seat.

IMG_7370

With my staple gun I tacked on the new fabric to the backrest and the seat.

If you don’t have a staple gun/air compressor combo, I highly recommend you get one if you think you will be doing upholstery work on the regular. If not, than a regular staple gun will work too.

IMG_7374

I had to work around the screw holes for when I would reattach the back. Fun.

IMG_7379

I then re-attached the seat and backrest back on to the chair frames. It is was important that I did this first before closing in the back with it’s new fabric.

IMG_7390

To add some interest, I wanted the back panels to be different from the chair’s front textile and for that I decided to use an old rug I found.

IMG_7435

Before anyone comes for me in the comments, It had some decent damage done to it over the years and I plan on using what is leftover for some pillows or another project.

(I do clean all of my rugs before using them for upholstery or pillows)

IMG_7437

Using the same method as I did before, I used the old fabric as a template to cut what I needed.

IMG_7445IMG_7447

To attach the new back panel onto the frame I used some decorative upholstery nails, hammering them all in individually and cutting away any excess fabric.

IMG_7474-2

IMG_7460

Almost there…..

IMG_7471-2

And DONE!

I’m pretty happy with the end result.

IMG_7588-2

IMG_7600-3

You’ve got this very neutral chair that could go in any setting and then BAM! You’re surprised by the pop of color and pattern in the back!

IMG_7591

As my friend put it… “They are the Mohawk of chairs!”

IMG_7612-2

The backs are a little different from each other but that’s what you get when you use an old rug that was probably made by hand.

IMG_7613

This pair has already sold but I do plan on doing more of these in the future!

Besides…. It’s not like I’m going anywhere!

IMG_7591

More to come soon!

Make sure to follow me on Insta for daily story updates: @amandasmercantile

Advertisements