A Little Fall Spruce Up…

By Wednesday, October 8, 2014 2 , Permalink 0

Hi Everyone and happy Wednesday!

How are you all doing? So remember my last post and I mentioned that I bought these chairs to redo for my dinning room table? Well guess what, I did it and can I just say, I  L O V E  how they turned out! I decided to last minute change my paint color from white to a flat grey, good choice on my part! I have a lot of white in my house, and although I do love white and clean, it takes a lot of cleaning to keep it clean! That and I already have a bunch of white in my house, so I thought I would add a pop of color, grey seemed like a good choice, haha so I went with it! I wanted them to have a matte finish, so I actually went with a primer and a matte clear top coat. Here is how I did it!

Step 1:

Take off old cushions, padding and anything else you might find on the pad of the chair. I bought these at a consignment store so I wanted to get rid of all the padding and fabric, ya never know where these chairs have been 😉

Step 2:

Sand down chairs to remove old varnish. I used a 150 grit sandpaper to make the job a little easier. Also I suggest not using a sanding block but instead just use good ole’ sand paper. That way you can get in the creases and corners with ease.

Step 3:

Wipe down the chairs. I did a two step whip down, one with a damp towel with some dawn dish soap, then followed it with a dry cotton towel to pick up any left over partials then set it in the sun to dry completely.

Step 4:

I decided to do two different colors, a white base coat and a grey top coat. This allowed me to give the chairs a distressed look and have some of the white show thru. Its not necessary to do this when you are redoing your chairs, BUT it will make a huge difference in the end product IF you want to distress. If your not going for the distressed look, skip this step 🙂 I ended up doing 2 coats of white to fully cover the wood on the chairs.

Step 5:

Once your white paint dries (depending on which type of spray paint you use, read the directions, mine was 30 min) I gave it a coat of grey and let that dry. Make sure you look at the chair from all angles to make sure you get all nooks and crannies. I almost did not paint the bottom of the chair, but remembered! haha so make sure you give it a good once over before you put your paint away.

Step 6:

After the paint dried, I went over the chairs with a super fine sand paper, like 100, to insure you have a soft even surface. Then I wiped it down with a dry cotton cloth

Step 7:

I decided to keep with the matte finish, so I used a matte top coat. I went with two top coats to insure the lease amount of touch ups needed as the chairs get hit and nicked

Step 8:

Now for the chair seat, I decided to use painters tarp to recover my chair cushions.. Its cheap, and neutral… plus its very durable. I also bought new padding and quilt batting from Wal-mart (cheapest place I could find it) and the painters tarp can be purchased from Menards, Home Depot, Lowes.. any place like that for around $7!!! Don’t get the cheapest one though, they are not as thick and will wear down fast. This was the easiest part in redoing these chairs. Simply take the wood piece that came with you chair and trace one piece of foam, one piece of batting, and one piece of fabric ( make sure you cut the fabric big enough to tack on the back, about 2 inches more than what it takes to cover the top of your cushion). I used an electric stapler to tack the fabric on the seat (see pictures below to get a better idea of what I am talking about).

Step 9:

Once I the chairs dried, I screwed the newly covered cushions back on my newly painted chairs!

Here are some pictures to go along with what I described above:



The Hubby helping me sand down the chairs, what a guy!


So I did not take a picture of the chairs painted white….oops… BUT here is the paint that I used..


Then here they are grey!


Now for the distressing… I did not do too much, just a little on the edges to give them some character..


Now for the cushions, Here are they layers I was talking about

chair 1

My power tool of choice… STAPLE GUN!! after this picture was taken, I trimmed the fabric


TA-DA!!! Finished chairs!!! I love them!

chair4 chair6


So next time you need a new furniture item, try to upgrade one you find!!! Have you done any furniture upgrades lately?? Let me know in the comment section! Also if you have an item that you want to do, but don’t have the time to do it, let me know! I would be happy to help! Just sent me an email thru my contact form!

Until Next Time….

Lindsay Bee


  • Cheryl Sluyter
    October 8, 2014

    I sure miss your cute little face 😉

    • lindsaybee
      October 8, 2014

      Awe I miss you too!!! Hope all is good!

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