I love driving around town on bulk pickup day. You never know what you’ll find or inspire you. I’ve even got Mike trained to look for gems in the junk.
We found this chair almost 2 years ago. It’s a solid piece of furniture and I was using it as a sewing chair and then we decided to move it down to the living room as a computer chair. Which made me realize that we needed to redo it.
I knew it wouldn’t be too tough, but kept putting if off, I bought a sample can of grey paint when Ace had their .99 cent sale and Mike and I found some great orange and grey fabric from Jo-Ann that we thought would work with the room.
I knew I would be getting a Wagner Paint Sprayer, for review, for a future project, but I decided to test it out on this. To get the feel and see how it worked.
I started off by removing the seat cushion and then sanding down the entire chair. Then wiping it down so there wasn’t any dust. The paint sprayer was awesome. I used the detail sprayer because of all the little crevices and detail of the chair. I was amazed with how evenly it sprayed the paint on and how little paint was used, meaning we weren’t wasting time or paint.
When it came time to recover the cushion we removed the old upholstery and I bought some 1 inch foam which I cut to fit and add to the chair. Then I called Mike in to help because it’s so much easier when 2 people do this.
I would pull the fabric tight and he would use the staple gun. Since you need the fabric to not have bumps or end of loose I like to to do a little on all 4 side. This way I know my pattern isn’t crooked or that something is wrong. Then I proceed to pull it taught and Mike staple.
When it comes to the corners you have to be careful. You don’t want any puckering or extra fabric. Play with it and create folds that work for you. I was super proud of how well I did this one, but it takes figuring out.
When it’s covered just snip around the extra fabric and then put the seat into place and screw it back it.
Overall this project was about 90 minutes of our time. It could have been done in an hour, but we were figuring things out. Remaking a chair shouldn’t be something you fear, but embrace. You’re giving new life to something that would otherwise be in the dump and creating a one of a kind item.
Are you someone who likes to recreate street finds?