Here’s a Quick Way to Makeover an Old Chair!
This sweet little vintage chair found at my favourite country auction for only $10 simply cried out for an easy-peasy makeover.
Keeping this project as affordable as possible was key (of course!) so I set out to use my existing paint supplies.
The Makeover Steps
Give your chair a thorough sanding. This chair had lots of drips and drabs (ummm, is that a word?). I simply sanded each area until the surface felt smooth to the touch.
Use TSP or another general purpose cleaner and give your chair a thorough cleaning. This chair was pretty grungy but the sanding took off a lot of gunk. Make sure you rinse with clear water so that there is no cleaner residue left.
Since I was using paint that I already had on hand and not my favourite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I needed to prime the chair so that the paint would adhere to the old (grungy) painted surface of the chair. I like to use this brand since it adheres to anything and cleans up with water – a litre sized can will last a lot time:
You can use ordinary interior house paint on your furniture makeover project! I already had a small colour sample can of Benjamin Moore paint ($9) of a paint colour that I liked. I barely used one quarter of the can for two coats of paint.
For this chair makeover I used one of my favourite blue-grays, Cashmere Gray – 2138-60 by Benjamin Moore.
Now my painted chair looked pretty good after its makeover, but it needed a little extra!
Just a note – the paint colour depicted below is different from the colour chip above which is probably due to the sunlight coming in through the window, but the completed chair actually looks closer to the colour above.
This chair needed more pizzazz – decoupage pizzazz!
1. Find a beautiful picture:
I used a page from my favourite vintage bird art calender. Read this post about using these calender pages as art – 3 Ways to add Meaningful & Affordable Art to your Home.
Carefully cut out your picture – I used nail scissors.
2. Decoupage it:
I used Martha Stewart Decoupage Durable Matte Finish (from my local Michael’s Store) to adhere my picture to the chair. You can also use watered down white glue.
Tip: I use a piece of foil as a non-stick surface for the gluing process. Turn your picture over, as shown, and brush on the glue with a small paint brush. Carefully press your picture to the chair seat, making sure that there are no bubbles and that the picture is smooth.
3. Protect it:
The final step is to project your surface. After your decoupaged picture is thoroughly dry – about two hours – it is time to add your protective finish. I use this product, because it dries clear, has a satin finish and you can wash your brush with soap and water.
I used two coats on the entire chair and four coats on the seat and chair back over the decoupaged picture. The great thing about this water based finish is that it dries very fast and you can usually re-coat in about one hour.
Voila! ( am using this fancy word in honour of my friend Eva)
My completed vintage chair makeover!