Up-cycled chair makeover
One man's trash is another man's treasure… A mantra we live by at The Grown Up Edit. In this case the man is a woman and the trash was a pair of dining room chairs discovered in my parents loft which I transformed in to my now very much treasured bedroom chairs. I love nothing more than taking on the challenge of updating a piece of furniture that is in need of a little TLC. As you can see these weren’t the prettiest of chairs, but they were solid and sturdy and from what I could tell had a lot more life left in them. Now I am in no way a D.I.Y expert but I do have a thing for chairs and with a little help from You Tube and trial and error I’m starting to get the up-cycling bug!
What you’ll need…
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (a little pricier than regular paint but requires no sanding or priming so cuts the whole up-cycling process in half).
Annie Sloan Soft Wax (rubs on easily with a cloth and leaves you with a lovely matt finish).
Start by dismantling your chair. These had padded backs to them which I felt looked quite dated so I chose to remove them. They also had several layers of fabric from over the years so I stripped these back to leave me with just the calico. Here you will need the pliers to remove the staples or pins holding the previous fabric in place.
Once you have removed all the pieces/fabric you no longer want it’s time to get painting. I chose to use Annie Sloan chalk paint as it requires no prior sanding or priming and can go straight on to even the oldest of varnishes or paint. They have lots of gorgeous colours to choose from and are by far the best chalk paint brand I have tried. Here I used Graphite and Paris Grey. Two coats should be enough to give you an even finish and once dry rub and buff down with the Annie Sloan Soft Wax to create a lovely matt finish.
Now it’s time for the upholstering. Again I am in no way an expert in this field and am completely self taught but have been more than happy with the results. Measure the area you wish to cover then cut your fabric adding two inches extra to fold under for a straight edge. Then holding the fabric taught (you might need help with this as I found I needed two hands for the staple gun) attach the fabric along one side tucking the edge under slightly to create a neat finish. I space the staples around an inch apart and get as close to the edge of the fabric as I can to secure it. Then holding the fabric taught and straight, continue around the chair folding it down tightly and neatly at the corners as if you were wrapping a present. Don’t worry if you make a mistake with the staples, just remove with the pliers and start again.
Once you have secured your fabric in place follow the line of staples with some fabric glue and attach your trimming. I find that using pins helps me to do this faster and keeps the trimming in place whilst the glue dries. And there you have it, not bad for a few hours work!
I also applied the same technique to this chair that I found in a charity shop for £5. If you are able to find a chair where the seat lifts out this makes the job even easier as the reupholstering really is like wrapping a present and there’s no need for the trimming to hide the staples! This gorgeous fabric was also a bargain as it was an off cut from a Timorous Beasties fabric in my local reupholsters. It’s always worth asking if they have any ends of roll if you only require a small amount. Also follow any fabric companies you like on Instagram such as House Of Hackney as they often post information on sample sales where they are selling ends of fabric rolls at a massively discounted price.