Old Hotel Chair Gets Geometric Makeover

8 Hours

This chair project was inspired by some art work I did for his room a couple of months ago and it was encouraged into my painting schedule by The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest this month. The theme for September is Geometric and the sponsor is General Finishes, they have a wonderful prize pack awaiting the winner of this month's contest. They generously gave each contestant a product to try as well.
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I am honored to be creating side by side with many talented furniture refinishing artist this time around and honestly they have blown my mind. If you would like to see more of them you can check out The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest's Facebook Page.
This was a freebie, curb side special. It is an old hotel chair. The fabric is more of a vinyl and the wood base was pretty trashed with paint, scratches and a peeling finish. But like most of us refinishers see past all that, ya know... it had good sturdy bones and that is what matters.
Now, some of you may remember that my son just got a surprise makeover for his room over the summer. He loves every inch of it at takes good care of it now that it is all organized. Though his reveal is over I still find things to add to his space and his love for reading calls for a reading corner and chair.
old hotel chair gets geometric makeover septfabflippincontest, painted furniture
old hotel chair gets geometric makeover septfabflippincontest, painted furniture
I began by taking the cushions off of the chair and cleaning them up with vinegar and water. Sanding the surface of the wood and cleaning that too. The base of the chair is painted a Licorice black and the chair cushions began with a Snow White base coat, several coats with sanding and cleaning in between. Those are needed when painting fabric (click for tutorial).
After the base coats were dried I began adding the detailing. Hand painting at times and other times using painters tape to create strait lines and angles. I traced some circles by using different sized cooking pot lids and the rectangles were two different books I traced for the basic shape. Hand painted in each of the shape outlines with a black Licorice color, I used a Lillian Grey and then went over that with Stunning Silver to create the silver stripes. The blue and greens were custom mixed to match his bedding fabric.
After letting the chair cure over night and dry I taped over all the shapes and main stripe design. Painted white around the edges to help avoid any bleeding under the tape from the watered down green chalk-acrylic paint and then splattered it all with the green paint. The humidity was not my friend this time around with the green paint a little thicker it took forever to dry! However the outcome was fantastic!
old hotel chair gets geometric makeover septfabflippincontest, painted furniture
Blues, greens, grays, and geometric circuit board patterns. Typical Teen boy room right? I had to have every thing custom made (good thing I have a lot of talented people in my family) or make it myself to get this space to be themed circuit board/technology. He love this stuff, and he loves to embrace his inner dork, proudly! I love him for that. He had a lot of input on this project I am sharing with you today and he is very excited to get it into his room.
old hotel chair gets geometric makeover septfabflippincontest, painted furniture
One last final look at the before and after. Thank you for supporting me and my work. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below and if you love it pin it or share it.
Thanks again!
Letitia Grace Lauer

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  • Delores W
    on Oct 26, 2015

    did you paint it all or upholstered it and then paint it. I was confused on the tutorial. it is great!!

    • Letitia Grace Lauer
      on Oct 28, 2015

      @Delores W Yes, ma'am. I cleaned it very well, it is more of a vinyl then a natural fiber fabric. Then I sealed it with a clear coat of Vax to keep any stains from bleeding through the paint and then I painted it. Did the design and sealed it again.

  • Amber Kowalsky
    on Nov 1, 2015

    Love that chair!!! Wish I could have it haha

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