Happy Monday, everyone! My computer problems have been continuing and I am at my wits end. I have projects to write about, but my laptop screen likes to go a little crazy in the middle of writing a post. At this moment, I'm writing this post on my kids' computer, and theirs isn't much better than mine. It shuts off when it gets too hot. In the next week or two, I'll be getting a new computer (hopefully). I have no idea what kind or what the specs will be. I'm not computer savvy in any way. RAM...what? Gig huh? ...a giga...giga. They just need to get me to the internet, and I'm pretty much a happy girl. Mr. Lewisville will make sure I get everything I need to continue writing in my little slice of the blogosphere. He's great like that.
Ok, so enough of my problems, how about a new before and after. I have to admit, this one is my new favorite! Just take a look at my new chairs!
They are BEE-UTE-A-FULL! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! But I didn't always love them, especially when they looked like this.
The chairs came as part of a dining room set we got last year from a friend. She found it at a thrift store and passed it along when she heard our dining table fell apart. Love friends like that!
Even thought the table was a little scratched up, especially on the feet, I knew I could do something with the set. I just wasn't sure how or what.
I painted the table last year and posted about it HERE. The problem is that I did it wrong, and I haven't wanted to tackle the chairs because of it. It turns out, when you use the wrong paint, the project will just need to be redone. I used a latex paint for the table which just means the paint is pliable and scratches and dents become common place in said table. So I researched and decided to tackle my chairs...one year later.
Ya, I know.
I wasn't crazy about the flower carvings in the chairs, so I decided to fill them in with wood filler.
The chairs were sanded which took a while and is my least favorite part of any project. At this point, four of the chairs were sitting in the garage, and we were only using two of these chairs at the end of the table.
I redid my other dining chairs in black (from the broken table set). You can read about that project HERE. I learned a lot from that project, like keep the chairs in tact rather than take them apart and paint individual pieces. My table is off white and I LOVE the black and white look. That's why I painted my chairs and table in different colors...just in case you were wondering.
Anyways, back to these chairs. The sanding doesn't have to be down to the wood, just make sure you use a good spray primer.
I used two coats of Rust-oleum white primer in the spray can.
At this point, I gave away the other four chairs to the goodwill because I was sure I wouldn't need them. I don't like re-doing chairs. There's a lot of work that goes into them and they're time consuming. After seeing how they were turning out though, I kind of wish I had kept them.
I learned that my table should have been painted with an enamel paint. Enamel dries hard and has a very strong paint odor. It also takes about two days to dry before it can be used or before you can apply your protective finish.
From here on out, I'll be spray painting my chairs rather than using a brush like my black chairs. It's so much easier.
While the chairs were drying I worked on the seats. I used the same method as I did with my black dining room chairs. This time though, I wanted to add extra padding to have a more luxurious feel.
I had some old patio cushions that had been sitting in the garage. They were about to be thrown away when I realized it was only the fabric that had seen better days. The foam inside was perfectly in tact, so I added that foam to the cushion that was already being used.
I used the old piece of fabric that was already on the chair as my template to follow, but realized with the extra padding I needed more fabric around the edges.
The foam should be a few inches bigger than the seat so that you won't feel the wood on the back of your legs when you sit down..
I adore the material, even more so since it was a tablecloth on sale from target for just $4. I found it during the after Christmas sale and have been holding onto it for just the right project. Hello, Right Project!
To reupholster a seat cushion, you'll need to get out your staple gun. I have one that works wonderfully that came from the Home Depot for under $20. It has come in handy many times.
Staple opposite ends first and make sure your material is nice and tight. Check to see how it looks after you staple the two opposite sides. Staple the other opposite sides, then the corners.
Once the cushions are done, you can re-attach them to the seat. Save your nails and hardware in a marked plastic baggy so nothing gets lost.
Don't they just look great! But I'm not done yet! I have one more finishing touch to add to them which I'll talk about later this week...pending no more computer problems.
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I can't help but look at them first thing in the morning when I come down the stairs and see them. It's that new furniture phase I'm in right now. I'm just experiencing it with new "to me" furniture.
I"ll show you what the dining room set looks like with the different colors and chairs as soon as I redo the table. It's not a perfect matching table, but it works really well together.
Labels: Furniture Transformations