A cheap yard sale chair makeover, farmhouse style, by painting and adding new fabric.
FARMHOUSE CHAIR MAKEOVER
Near our home in Southern Oregon, there is a horse rescue organization that has an ongoing yard sale. It’s great when you feel like you are not only getting something at a good deal, but you are helping a worthwhile organization.
It’s not close by, so we don’t go very often, but its’ a nice drive out in the country when we do go.
On our last trip out there, they had this chair that obviously needed a LOT of help!
I KNEW it had potential, but I had never done a full chair makeover. Did I have the right stuff? #alwaysasong
The paint didn’t concern me, but the reupholster part did. However, the chair price was RIGHT ON at $3.
Don’t you think it would make a perfect office chair?
The stool that I had on my design board was cool, but the reality of sitting on that, while working for any length of time, was not realistic.
Since this chair was here, I’m gonna see if I can make do with what I got cause it’s me…Salvage Sister! Plus, this is a budget home office project after all.
Here’s what I did……………
Yard Sale Chair Makeover Supplies
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- Sanding Sponge
- Chalk Spray Paint (this is the brand I used in white)
- Staple Gun
- Scissors (always nice to have a pair of scissors that are only used on fabric)
- Clear Coat
- Because the chair was pretty dirty, I immediately unscrewed the seat and removed the staples to the back upholstery. The cushion was in decent condition so I left it (clean as necessary).
- The chair (without the seat) was then wiped down (cleaned) and lightly sanded.
- In a well-ventilated area, the chair was spray-painted in several light coats to get complete coverage. You could prime the piece if you would like.
- The fabric was laid out flat making sure the lines were straight and cut around the seat with just enough fabric to go around the entire front and sides.
- With a staple gun, I attached the fabric tightly to the wood back with the cushion (I probably should have pulled just a little tighter than I did as it has a little give to the fabric.)
- I reattached the sheer cloth underneath that covers the board with the fabric.
- A clear coat was applied to the chair frame after all the chalk paint was applied.
- The seat was screwed back into the chair frame.
And that’s it folks.
I hope that my lack of knowing what I was doing will inspire someone to take a piece of junk and turn it into something that works for you.
It never hurts to try right? It might not be perfect, but it works for me!!!
TOTAL COST – $3
WHAT I LEARNED
- The seat was still not quite as comfortable to sit in for long periods. I wish I would have given some extra padding (quilt batting) to it.
- The fabric I choose is what I had but it wasn’t the best for this job. It really needed a thicker fabric.
- I should have done a little more research prior and found this video to be helpful for future projects…
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