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Furniture Makeover | Painting and Recovering an Ornate Chair

Happy Memorial Day! I hope the weather where you are is better than ours. It is another rainy day here in Texas, so yet another day that we are stuck indoors. This time of year, the bulk of my days are mostly spent outdoors doing yard work and enjoying the pleasant temperatures before it gets too hot, but recently with all the rain, I have been stuck inside. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for the rain, but seriously I feel as if we are about to float away!! Anyhoo, time indoors has given me ample opportunity to get caught up on some furniture projects that have been sitting in my garage or in my sewing room. Because it is Monday, I thought this would be the perfect time to share a recent project and hopefully resurrect my Monday Makeover posts. Time will tell, HA!!

A couple of weeks ago, I bought this chair for $20 at Habitat for Humanity. If you have an antique booth or enjoy making over furniture, this is a great source for quality pieces at great prices. It's sturdy, I love the ornate carvings, plus the seat is one that is easy to recover. This chair is going into my Vintage Mercantile space, so I wanted something I could easily makeover in an afternoon.

The legs were in need of some attention, so I sanded the rough spots away with my hand sander.

After the sanding was complete, I cleaned the chair and then applied one coat of this Rust-Oleum Spray primer in white from Walmart.

Once the primer had dried, I applied two coats of Kilz Chalk Paint in white, allowing about 2 hours drying time between coats.

At this point I removed the existing upholstery. You can see the tools that I use in this post.

I then cut a piece of fabric to fit the seat, and attached it using a pneumatic staple gun. I'm sorry for the poor lighting, the rain rolled in and so the natural light disappeared.

I used a hot glue gun to attach the matching gimp. The fabric and gimp I had on hand from another project, but both were purchased from JoAnn's Fabrics.

And here is how the chair turned out........

I knew ahead of time that I would be using the gray fabric, so I didn't paint the ornate carvings solid white, I liked the way the lighter coat had a gray cast to it. It coordinates well with the fabric, plus it's something different than a solid white chair.

If you would like to see some more furniture makeovers with the Kilz Chalk Paint, you can do so here and here.

As always, thanks for checking in and I hope you will visit again soon!!


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