Chair Makeover (Reupholstered & Paint)

3 Materials
2 Days

An old & very worn barrel cane chair got a new makeover.

I bought this chair along with two others for next to nothing in the hopes of updating them. This was the first one I just did. With fresh paint and a new fabric, this chair is now stunning! Checkout this complete transformation for this little old chair and get inspired to save a chair!!!

chair makeover reupholstered paint

The before and after pictures showing the extent of worn fabric prior to getting the makeover. I call it my French Country chair now.

chair makeover reupholstered paint

This worn fabric needed to be replaced and it was definitely dated!

chair makeover reupholstered paint

The back side of the chair was in better condition.

chair makeover reupholstered paint

Started by removing the hundreds of staples exposing the inside backing, foam, and upholstery hardware. I recycled the upholstery hardware as well as the frame work and foam which was in excellent shape. If yours isn't, then just replace it with new ones from JoAnns or any fabric shop.

chair makeover reupholstered paint

Seating frame was in excellent shape so we just removed all the fabric to reupholster with new fabric. The pliers, staple remover and small screwdriver were my best friends while removing all the staples.

chair makeover reupholstered paint

Frame was ready to be cleaned and painted. When removing the fabric and staples, take extra caution as to not damage the caning on the chair. It's extremely delicate.

chair makeover reupholstered paint

Once the 2 coats of chalk paint were dry, we sanded to expose some character. We added antiquing medium throughout before applying the sealing wax.

chair makeover reupholstered paint

On to sewing the new cushion and cording to finish it all up.

chair makeover reupholstered paint

The new look!

chair makeover reupholstered paint

The thicker fabric will hold up for many more years.

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Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Linda Botbyl
    on Jun 21, 2019

    how do you get the cording trim in the fabric??

    • Suellen Hintz
      30 minutes ago

      Lay one piece of fabric right side up. Lay cording with all raw edges touching. Lay second piece of fabric right side down. Stitch along cording with zipper foot.

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