Monday, July 14, 2014

DIY Vintage Chair Makeover

I purchased this chair a little over a month ago from one of our work neighbors, Simply Put Vintage. In honor of their move, SPV hosted a warehouse sale and I was able to get this steal for only $10! I'd been looking for an office chair with some character, without luck, for over a month and knew that with a little tender love and care, this would be the perfect office addition. So, I tested my luck with this little DIY challenge and am so proud of the result! 

See more of my makeover pics and a step-by-step tutorial below!

Light wood, with scratches in multiple places, 
and a worn blue velvet cushion.

The perfect office throne! 
Gold paint finish with a hot pink, slight sheen cushion. 

Materials needed:
  • Chair (obviously!)
  • 2 yards of fabric (I used this one)
  • Pliers 
  • Martha Stewart Gold Liquid Gilding 
  • Medium paint brush
  • Smal paint brush (if your chair has smaller details, like mine)
  • Staple Gun
  • Staples
  • Screwdriver 
  • Scissors 
  • Sandpaper (if the chair was previously painted)
  • Primer may also be needed if the chair was previously painted
  • Gloss finish 

    1) Unscrew the cushion from the chair (and put the screws in a safe place)
     2) Sand down uneven spots
     3) Paint with primer, if needed, and let dry completely (optional)
     4) Shake the Martha Stewart Gold Liquid Gilding well and apply using the necessary brushes.    
         Be sure to paint in the same direction each time and to have a fluid brush stroke. This 
         will help create a nice end result. (I always painted in the direction with the greatest 
         length.) Use a small brush to get in all of the small crevices.    
     5) Let dry completely
     6) Repeat steps 4 & 5
     7) Apply a gloss finish, if desired. (I chose not to, simply because I didn't want it to deminish 
         the gilded look. Some glosses seem to leave a milky color instead of being completely 
         transparent. But there are multiple gloss options to choose from! If you want a gloss 
         coat, just ask on of the professionals while you are at the store.)
     8) Remove the existing fabric from the cushion, using the pliers as needed to remove the 
     9) Unfold the fabric and lay it flat on the new fabric. (Iron the old fabric, if it is too    
         wrinkled.) Use the old fabric as a pattern and trace around it on the new fabric.
     10) Cut out the new fabric
     11) Lay the fabric right side down on the floor and center the cushion, also right side down, 
          in the middle of the fabric.  
     12) Staple new fabric in place, starting with all of the straight edges and then working out to    
          the corners.
     13) Once the frame of the chair has dried, reattach the cushion to the chair using the screws   
          gathered in step 1. 
You're done!!

** For those of you who are wondering, I give the Martha Stewart Gold Liquid Gilding paint a five-star review. It is so perfect and I now use it on everything!

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