Arm Chair Recover tutorial

Hey there friends! I am so sorry I disappeared on you for a week. I have many reasons, but I won’t go into them except to tell you I was really busy!

Anyway, one of the things we did last week was spend the night at our Aunt Carol’s. She is amazing and her hubby is too. They are one of our closest friends. She doesn’t blog all that often, but you can check out her amazing stuff at Redeemed Vintage. She has a sale this weekend if you wanna check it out (more info on her blog). You won’t be disappointed with the stuff or her prices. Here are a few pictures of the sale:


She is really into re-purposing furniture too as you can tell and had a lot to get done before the sale and so we helped her with a few of the projects. 

Here is one of the chairs before. It is Drexel Heritage and unbelievable. It was pretty beforehand, but look at what we did…

First we removed the fabric and painted the chairs Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco color.

 
Then we waxed the chairs…

We used this wax below. It leaves a little white residue when it dries and looks super cool. You’d be better off to use one that dries transparent on some pieces or on tops of dressers, but this is great to add character to these chairs.

Leave the wax on for a few moments and then remove with steel wool. Don’t press too hard or the paint will come off. If a little paint comes off, don’t worry, looks cooler that way 🙂 It is kinda like jeans with holes or worn areas of them. The more there are the more expensive they become.

Then we took the fabric from the original chair and traced it out and cut it out from the fabric we wanted.

Here they are cut out.

Place it in the right place.

Then we used a simple upholstery stapler to attach it.

Then put gimp around the chair to cover the staples.

We used fabric tacky glue like the one below…

Here’s an action Shot. Don’t worry the glue dries clear.

The brass brads make it look awesome and help keep everything in place.

We put them every six loops in the pattern on the gimp.

Here is the before and after. What are your thoughts?

Ok, and here is chair she already has done that I am borderline OBSESSED with. I love it, all of it. Oh and it has grey and white zebra on back! Really needing one of those footstools too. AHHmazing!

So I am back and ready to have fun. Stay tuned for some more funness 🙂

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  • Love! I want one!!! Now I’m going to have to find my own desk chair on Craigslist!!!

    October 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm
  • loving the transformed chairs! bravo.

    michele

    October 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm

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