Back in the spring, I went to some yard sales with my best friend Lane. She found a dining room chair with an upholstered seat that she wanted to refinish and use in her bedroom. It sat in her garage for a while, so I asked her husband if he could get it to me so that I fix it up for her for Christmas. It was a pretty simple project since she wanted it painted white and not restained.
First, I unscrewed the seat from the frame. I used wood glue to fix the broken parts in the back of the chair and gave the whole frame a light sanding. I used white satin spray paint on the frame, using No. 0000 steel wool to lightly sand in between coats to keep a smooth finish. Next I took the staples out of the seat to remove the old fabric, keeping the lining and cardboard edging that was under the seat. I used the same fabric that we had framed in her bedroom to recover the seat, then reattached the lining to maintain a clean look underneath the chair. Lastly, I reattached the seat to the frame and added a kitschy red velvet Christmas bow for presentation.
This was a fun project and I think Lane really likes it 🙂 (I forgot to take a before and after pic, so these are from Lane’s iPhone.)
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