Chair Transformation

I found these chairs at the D.I. for $45 dollars a piece.

 At first, I stood in front of them invisioning what I could do to them.  I loved the style of the chair, the fabric color was perfect, but the brown wood needed to go. I took a look at the price tag and was a little turned off by the price. Yes, I am a MAJOR CHEAPO! I even tried talking to the manager to see if they would go down on them a little bit but they had only been out on the floor for a few hours so they said no. At that point, I walked away and looked at some other things in the store. Eventually, I found myself right where I started, standing in front of the chairs staring at them. Maybe if I just bought one. I decided to take a seat in them. After feeling how comfortable they were, I really started to think about splurging. But if I bought one, I HAD to buy both!!! But my husband would be so mad, we just talked about budgets the day before! But they are perfect, I thought. But I can’t take them back if he is mad. I decided to do what was best and drove home. Once I got home, I could not stop thinking about them! It was a sign, I NEEDED those chairs! Not sure what I was going to tell my husband, I ran back to the D.I. and splurged a bit. I spent $90 for the two chairs but what would I say?!?! Slightly frantic and feeling terrible for what I had just done, I remembered that my mom was coming through town. I called her up and asked her to come load the chairs up in her van and take them home to her house until I could break the news to C.J. Maybe I could sell a few things we didn’t need anymore; maybe I could go and work for my mom for a few hours organizing and cleaning; MAYBE I could go donate plasma! I didn’t care, I would find a way to make it work… After about a week of hiding the chairs, I finally broke the news to C.J. He said…”cool” 

At first I was like:

And then I was like:

To give these chairs the look I wanted, I needed a lot of paint-tape and a lot of time. It took me about 2 and a half hours to tape each one of these chairs. With each piece of tape, I had to use my fingernails to tuck the tape in between the cording and the wood to make sure I didn’t get any paint on the fabric. 
After taping everything off, I roughed up the wood with a sanding block to make sure the paint stuck well. I used a small paint brush and got to work on painting. I used a chalk paint with Plaster of Paris in it, I was NOT a fan of this method. Since the chairs, I have found a blogger that uses cornstarch in her chalk paint. I used this method on my farmhouse table #2 and LOVED the results. The paint sticks better, paints better with no brush strokes, and is softer to the touch. CLICK HERE for her reciepe. After painting I sanded with a FINE grit sanding block and used a finishing paste like this to protect my paint.

Here is my before and after! I LOVE the way they turned out! It was so worth the worry of getting in trouble with the hubby and ALL the taping and ALL the painting and waxing.

19 comments on “Chair Transformation

  1. Charlotte Huffman April 6, 2014 1:52 pm

    You are so brave to paint these. They are beautiful and I don’t blame you for wanting them.

  2. Jennifer Schmitz April 6, 2014 3:21 pm

    Very pretty! Just adding the touch of white really gave them a whole new look.

  3. Mary Jo April 6, 2014 6:04 pm

    Well done! Those chairs caught my eye right away too! Love the re-do!

  4. DeeAnna Tucker April 7, 2014 5:43 am

    I love the white and tan!. Great Job

  5. Marie Blackburn April 7, 2014 4:28 pm

    What a steel at $90.00 because they appeared to be in such great shape and didn’t need reupholstered! I agree, the dark brown had to go – so much prettier in white. So glad I found you over at the Monday Funday Party! I always enjoy coming across a new DIY Thrifting Site 🙂
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

  6. Tabatha McCaffrey April 7, 2014 5:16 pm

    They look beautiful! Totally lots of taping 🙁 But worth the time. xo ChicByTab

  7. Meg Sluyter April 7, 2014 6:04 pm

    Stopping by from Monday Funday. I LOVE these chairs, I wouldn’t have been able to pass them up either. Definitely painting them white was the way to go, they look great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Creative Dream April 7, 2014 6:45 pm

    I love love love this! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  9. Erica April 8, 2014 7:35 pm

    Looks awesome!

  10. Patricia Krank April 9, 2014 3:10 pm

    These two chairs were an AMAZING find and I’m glad you blew the budget. That said . . . I shouldn’t encourage such behavior because I have an upper garage full of amazing finds that I’ve yet to paint! I think it’s great that the fabric was in such nice condition that simply painting the wood gave them the perfect look. Found you over at the Someday Crafts party.

  11. Marie bloominghomestead April 10, 2014 2:04 am

    What a great find and they turned out so pretty! Thanks for lining up at Sunday Soirée!

  12. Kahli April 10, 2014 5:40 am

    Yeah I wouldn’t have been able to leave those chairs there either especially not if it’s tufted! I love anything tufted, curvy, french details. And $45 a piece to me seems like a great deal lol. Especially considering they are good condition.

  13. Yona Williams April 10, 2014 10:03 pm

    OMGoodness…your post had me in stitches…I cracked up when I saw “First I was like…and then I was like…” I would have had a heart attack over the cost too, but it was so well worth it in the end…they look so nice. I also learned a few things about the process of transforming chairs like this…very inspiring!

  14. Josh 'n Jenn April 11, 2014 5:47 am

    SOO cute! They are gorgeous! I have been on your site before, for sure! Good work, girl!

  15. Mimi Mama April 14, 2014 4:30 am

    What a bargain you got on your chairs, and how gorgeous do they look now! Worth every bit of blood, sweat, tears and dollars!

  16. Suzan Sweatman April 15, 2014 3:56 pm

    GORGEOUS makeover ( AND you made me laugh out loud – the perfect post in my world 🙂
    Hopping over from Be Different – Act Normal

  17. mamas*little*treasures April 16, 2014 11:35 pm

    Beautiful upcycle project! The white paint is perfect ;o) Thanks for joining us for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner. Hope you will hop along this week, too! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous makeover project with all of us. Nina @ mamas*little*treasures

  18. Heather @ Raising Memories Blog April 25, 2014 4:36 pm

    Thanks so much for linking up at my Sharing Time link party! I’m just stopping by to let you know that I’m featuring this post at the blog today and to invite you to grab a featured button from my sidebar if you’d like 🙂 Thanks for sharing your great ideas! 🙂

  19. Terry Moore April 30, 2014 11:30 pm

    Wow wow wow, I would have fought u for them!!!! Love them with the white wood too!

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