If you followed along with the $100 Room Challenge last month you may have noticed I refinished a chair from top to bottom. To see the chair in the room reveal, you can catch up HERE.
I had originally planned on blowing half my $100 dollar budget on a beautiful ghost chair that ended up selling out before I could snag one. Cue my tears. So I asked my in-laws if I could scour their barn for something that I could use and I came upon this lovely.
The chair was dusty and something bit the seat but it had a nice shape and it was sturdy. I just had to give it a facelift and a new lease on life.
I started by giving the chair and seat a really good wash. My son helped me wash while my husband carefully removed the seat. You can notice in the picture below the seat is stuffed with some type of straw!
After a good wash and fully drying, I applied 2 coats of Rustoleum Chalked Spray Paint in Country Grey. The chair is old and it DRANK up the paint. I was worried at one point that a full can wasn’t going to be enough. I did a light 3rd coat with what was left of the can to even out any places that really sucked in the paint.
With the chair painted and dry, I set my sights on recovering the seat. I knew if I took it appart, it owuld totally come apart. So I focused on cleaning the existing seat as best as I could and adding new foam and some bright but durable fabric.
I traced out the seat on a piece of 2″ foam cushioning and cut my shape out. Then I fastened the foam to the seat using a few dabs of hot glue. Just enough to keep it in place while I covered the seat with fabric.
As the $100 Room Challenge has you work in a tight budget, I needed to get fabric that would cover my chair, be duranble and washable but still somewhat soft and flexible to sit on. Enter this accent rug. The just had a nice grey/tan pattern which blended well with the colours in my room and since it was 100% cotton was flexible and stretchable enough to cover my seat nicely.
The size was *just* big enough to cover my seat. To give myself a little wiggle room, before I stapled my fabric down with a staple gun, I ripped the seams out of the rug which gave me an extra 1/2″ on my tightest sides.
I pulled the fabric as tight as I could and fastened it on all 4 sides and started stapling my way around the seat making sure I left the sections for the screws clear of fabric.
It’s not all that pretty from the back side…
But the top is all that matters! I am so happy with the results. The seat is cushy and comfy and the fabric is smooth and well secured.
The chair is complete and ready to be added to the new office area.
If I was to do anything different I would have primed the chair. The wood is very dry so I think this may have helped the paint go on more evenly. After 3 coats however, you would never know as the finish is perfect.
I hope you enjoyed following along as much as I am enjoying this new space!
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