Worn & Torn to Fresh & Cozy Chairs

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I found a set of old Duncan Phyfe style chairs at a thrift shop. They were scratched, stained, flat, and musty. They must've been stored in a basement for quite a long time because the smell was potent. After some TLC, I was able to give these chairs a new life!
I spotted four very worn chairs in a sea of thrifted furniture.
I brought them home and placed the seats in position to see what I had to work with. The seat cushions were flat, the material was faded and stained.
I tackled the seat cushions first. They were put together with upholstery tacks and a lot of staples, so it took a lot of time and patience to remove everything.
There were a lot of scratches and gouges on all of the chairs so they needed a really good sanding.
After the sanding, each chair got a fresh coat of paint with leftover Behr paint we had at our house. After the paint dried, I wanted to do something to emphasize the floral designs. I took a craft paint brush and added a touch of dark brown to the grooves. This really helped the design of the chairs stand out.
With new cushions, batting, and material, the chairs are super comfy.
And here are all fours chairs after a complete makeover.
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  • Marilyn McDowell Jones Marilyn McDowell Jones on Oct 07, 2018

    I think these chairs look great, can you tell me what colour you used please.

    Thanks Marilyn

  • Jea32515271 Jea32515271 on Oct 08, 2018

    I'd like to work over my dining room chairs...mahogony wood. After sanding, what do I use to finish the wood to its original ?

  • Joy Joy on Nov 14, 2018

    why didn't you do the bottom of the chair?

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