{Dump Find} Accent Chair Makeover


I am dying to share my latest project with you, because not only is it my first chair makeover, but also, I am so happy that I completed another item in our long living room to-do list. YAY! Little-by-little, we are getting there!

Now, before going into the details of this accent chair makeover, let me first show you the before pictures.

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Not bad looking, is it? Ok, maybe it had a disgusting, filthy seat and dozens of dings and scratches that I had to deal with, but for a Put & Take find, this was just brilliant!

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Despite the looks, this chair is made from good hardwood – strong and sturdy and in almost perfect condition. Look at the bottom of that seat – it still had its protective nylon in perfect condition. For $0 cost, it doesn’t get better than that, right?

Being extremely happy with my Put & Take find, I straightaway started working on it. First, I unscrewed the cushion, so it wouldn’t be in my way when I painted the chair’s frame.

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Then, some wood filler here and there, I filled (and sanded) all the areas that needed repairing.

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After dealing with the cosmetic issues, it was time to decide on the fabric and the paint color. Decisions, decisions…this part is never easy for me. I went through all the fabric that I had on hand. Drop cloth, burlap, french script pattern, multi-color fabric, single-color fabric… nothing I had excited me. Then I remembered that I had some tapestries, so I gave those a try.

Once I decided on the fabric, I grabbed my favorite brush and some homemade chalk paint custom color-matched to Old White and started painting my dump find chair with thin coats.

You can find my homemade chalk paint recipe on our blog.

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After painting, sanding and waxing, I worked on the upholstery. Using a staple remover, I started removing all the staples from the seat (169 staples to be exact!). I have to say this staple remover is such a handy-dandy tool for it's price. The entire disassembly was done in no time with no fuss.

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Once the old upholstery was off, I re-upholstered the seat with the tapestry and screwed it back on the chair.

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Here it is! Not too shabby, is it?

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This type of exotic and colorful pattern is not for everyone, but I sure am loving it.

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As usual, some close-up pictures for you to see the painted parts in detail.

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I am really loving my brush! It always gives me awesome finish with no brush marks :-)

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For more details and pictures on this project, such as my painting technique and my homemade chalk paint recipe, please visit our blog post.

Thanks for reading and I hope you liked my first-ever chair project!

Handan, xo

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 22 questions
  • Tonya
    on Apr 25, 2019

    What brush is used?

  • Wendy Elias
    on Apr 27, 2019

    What kind of brush did you use?

  • Wendy Elias
    on Apr 27, 2019

    Or, did I miss where you indicated the kind of paintbrush you use? Sorry to repeat myself if you had! If not, please help a struggling, beginner crafter (me)!

    • Mel
      on Jun 22, 2019

      The article says to check out her blog post for details.

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