Remember these chairs that I found in my garage a couple weeks ago? No? Well you can read more about them here. Anyhoo, I was finally able to find time to turn them into something a little more attractive over the weekend. If you are interested in doing this same project, here is the step by step process of the transformation. If you are impatient like myself you can just scroll to the bottom to see the final product and read the instructions later, or not.
The first thing I did was took off the dusty and dirty cushions. Painting around them would cause a lot of unnecessary frustration and you will be happy to toss them to the side.
The next step was to sand down each chair. Even though I would have loved to skip this step, sanding helps the paint stick to the wood for an overall better finish. This takes a little bit of muscle power and some patience but blasting some good tunes on your ipod will help this not so fun part fly by.
Now for the fun part. Paint!! I skipped using primer out of pure laziness which resulted in about 3 or 4 coats of paint. I found that using a sponge roller and sponge brush was the way to go instead of using a regular brush that may have left behind lines in the paint.
Even though I wanted to kiss and hug my sparkling new chairs, I held off for 24 hours to make sure the paint was completely dry.
Time to reupholster!! Since I am not sure yet where I want these chairs to live, certainly not back in the garage, I bought neutral fabric that would make a statement in every room in the house. I scored this fabric on clearance at JoAnne's and thought it was perfect!!
The black pleather was removed along with the old staples that were about 100 years old. Since the padding was still in good shape and didn't need replacing I was able to get right down to business. I pulled the fabric tight and stapled away until the fabric was completely secure all the way around. Watch your fingers and other body parts while doing this step.
Voila!! I'm pretty sure I took 50 years off these babies...
Let's do a dramatic before and after, shall we?
Much better I think. Do you have anything in your garage you would love to redo or have redone? I wanna see!!