I recently made over these barrel back wing-chairs. Transforming them from a nauseating bright orange crushed velvet to a more tailored-masculine charcoal gray plaid and soft gray flannel. See the full story and more pics here http://www.martinelouise.com/2012/03/mid-cen...
I also sanded and stained the legs with Ace Hardward black / brown stain. Lesson learned - make sure you are super super super thorough with sanding first so the new stain will adhere. Also start with a rough grain
sand paper and gradually move to a more fine grain to get a smooth finish - wiping away dust after. I allowed 5-7 hours between each coat, I did 3 total to get a dark solid finish. I also peeled back the old fabric before doing this to get right to the top of the legs. Also do this BEFORE you get them re-covered and lay down lots of plastic. Super messy job! I didn't seal the legs yet, but you can buy a clear seal if they're going to get wear and tear.
We considered replacing the mirror altogether, but decided to go the less expensive route first and see how long it would buy us.
*Questions and unexpected events that arose during the project:
I didn't know how well the mirror was attached to the wall. I also didn't know how well my adhesive would adhere to the mirror and trim.
* Cost Comments:
1"x4" MDF (32 ft) - $20
1/2 birch plywd - $15
Trim (40 ft) - $20
Crown (3 ft) - $4.50
Lights - $60
*My motivation to do this project:
The mirror was large and an eye sore. We wanted something a little nicer.
The first step was to replace the single light fixture with matching twin ones. I ran the wiring, secured the boxes and mounted the new lights. This was required due to the shelving unit. I then measured out the surface and determined the size of the shelving unit. Then I purchased the materials and started designing as I cut. The shelving unit was assembled and attached first. It was ~2 inches higher than the mirror and secured to a stud to help support the mirror against the wall. The trim and molding was measured, cut and secured using GOOP adhesive and tape to hold in place until it was dry.
Don't assume the mirror is attached to the wall well enough to hold the additional weight. Make sure it is supported fully.
Do measure twice and cut once.
Wood, MDF, Trim - $0.00
Light fixtures - $0.00
Commented on Mar 04, 2012
I have the same mirror and like your idea of the shelves in the center. I had found one and