Friday, August 14, 2009

Mid-Century Chair Revamp

Two (technically three) chair revamps in ONE week. Sorry 'bout the lack of variety. I promise, no more for a long time.

Dang it! Why do I always do this...
I forgot to take a "before" picture.

I purchased a set of old chairs from Goodwill for $7.00 total. ($3.50 each). They had an old, textured, cream, super stained, nasty fabric on them. I mean Nasty! Why O' Why did I forget to take a picture. =(

Anyways... I took the seat off, then reupholstered it with a mod fabric that was new and fresh but still went with the simplicity of the chair design.

I sanded down the chair really good with a fine sandpaper. The wood was a light brown-orange with some surface scratches.

Then I rubbed the stain in and let it sit for about 10 minutes before I rubbed the excess off with a dry, clean rag. The next day once it was dry, I used Minwax wipe-on poly in satin. I love this stuff. You just get a good corner of your rag covered in this stuff and wipe it on. Easy peasy- No brush strokes, and no clean up.

At least I remembered to get a good "Before & After" of the wood. Here it is before I stained and poly'ed and after I was done. Its a bit darker and definitely has a new sheen to it...

Once that was all dry I screwed the chair cushion back on the body of the chair and took a step back to check it all out. Now I have a new matching set of chairs for under $20!

Since it was over 100 degrees outside, I decided to do this all in my living room. I made sure to turn the ceiling fan on high to help with the ventilation, and used a mask for my mouth and nose. I know your not suppose to do this kind of thing inside, but come on- its too hot out there!
My husband had just finished picking up the living room right before I started this little project. He walked in and saw my giant mess, he just rolled his eyes and took a picture of my messiness.

Wow, I have waaaay too many chairs.
I need to re-do something else besides chairs.


  1. Go for a dresser. Or a desk. You so could do it... and those chairs are so pretty.

  2. Karli,
    LOVE the chairs! The fabric is too cool; it's just perfect. You really did a great job on them. Yay!


  3. I love them! I want one! :) You need to redo some chairs for my house now! ;)

  4. I really love the fabric you chose for the chair pair! I'm intensely jealous.... so pretty!

  5. Those look like JL Moller chairs... if they are and you only paid $20 for them then you seriously got a helluva deal.


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