Refurbished Chair

I found this chair with amazing bones and very solid, at a vintage decor shop and knew I had to do something fun with it. All I did was wipe it down and remove the leatherette covered board they had in there for a seat. Then I painted one coat of white chalk paint, and two coats of Cascade chalk paint by Folk Art. I then distressed it a bit, gave it a spray of varnish, recovered the seat with something funky and voila! I am so pleased with the result.
This is the chair, untouched yet. It is very solid, heavy and has great details.
Here you see the back of the seat, with the caning still in good shape.
Some details at the top of the chair.
After a coat of white chalk paint, I applied two coats of the blue.
Here is the completed chair. I gave it two coats of blue over one coat of white chalk paint. Then, I sprayed a light coat of varnish on it, before inserting the new covered seat wrapped in a fun burlap. I didn't wax this chair because of all the nooks and crannies in it and because my hands and arms were killing me by then!
Here's a close up detail of the distressed legs before I varnished the chair.
I found this fun printed burlap and covered a new piece of foam onto the board that came with the chair and fit it into the seat opening. It's comfy and fun!
I love my new chair! The photos are of the chair before I varnished it with a light spray. The varnish darkened the distressed areas and make it look fantastic!
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  • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Oct 29, 2014
    Thank you, Hannah! Swan Road, I didn't know that and after googling Eastlake furniture, I think you might be right. The vendor told me it was over 60 yrs. old and I'm sure there are wood and antique 'purists' out there, gasping at the fact that I painted this piece, but I love it so much better now! lol It only cost me $23. :)

  • Jeannie McCarley Jeannie McCarley on Oct 29, 2014
    That's cool, love the burlap! think the whole chair is awesome :-)

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