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Decorate My Home, Part 2 – Chair Facelift

Are you a craigslist-er? 

Craig and I have become the best of friends.

He finds me the best deals.

And I thank him for that.

I found 2 chairs off of craigslist that had awful cushions…

And were moderately beat up…

And came up with these:


And I love the new vibrancy of this fabric.

These chairs are in a little sitting area, and I kind of just want to sit on them all day.
Especially because the sunshine streams right in on them.
And that’s a good combination.

To make them, I sanded all of the previous stain and shine from the wood. Then I headed to Lowe’s and found a color of stain that I wanted. I applied the stain several times and then polished it with polyurethane. (follow instructions on can)

Then I stripped the old fabric off of the cushions.
Okay, let’s be honest. I asked my husband to.
He likes that sort of thing.

I didn’t have to add any new foam because the old stuff was in good shape.

And then I covered it with sturdy upholstery fabric from Hancock fabric. I used a staple gun to secure the fabric in place.

Then I screwed the cushion back on the chair.

The finished product put an immediate smile on my face.

Things I learned?

  • Sanding wood takes a LONG time.
  • Stain is finicky. But doable.
  • Stain is messy.
  • There is a lot of stuff out there that looks like junk, but has a lot of potential underneath.
  • I impress my husband each time I use a man tool… Haha!
So it was well worth it.


  1. Tots and Tails says:

    Alright Listen Sister! Have you heard of freecycle? We just picked up a FREE armoire and dutch door tonight if you like craigslist, you will LOVE freecycle :) Buy the way Bullseye 123 is awesome paint. Primes and paints over anything old Its lovely!

  2. Jeff and Elle says:

    OH yipee!! I can do this one cause it doesn't involve a sewing machine!! It's funny cause tonight I was downstairs cleaning and actually looking at my nasty kitchen chairs that have a white seat and are now dirty! I'm excited to give mine a make over!! Oh and P.S. my Mom was considering buying me a sewing machine for Christmas but then did not, I was so bummed! I think with her amazing seamstress talents I must have a little of that in me, right?!?! Love ya!

  3. The Noalls says:

    I love them! May I ask you how much the whole project ran you?

  4. Jill says:

    This is great! I keep trying to convince my bf to let me attack his chairs… the fabric is off white and stained in places. We found the table and chairs on kijiji for a good deal. I keep sending him links to great stuff link yours…maybe it'll work yet!

  5. Kelley says:

    Simply mahvelous, dahling!

  6. Sarah says:

    love, love, love the fabric! Where did it come from?

  7. the greenhorn knitter says:

    Ahhhh memories! I am a true craigslister! I decorated most of my condo with craigslist "goods." Your beautiful bistro chairs remind me of my dining chairs. Started out as unfortunate looking seats, and turned into a great green chair with vintage floral cushions—all done by me! What a feeling! Looks great! Keep it up–

  8. Blackburns says:

    So so cute! You are amazing!

  9. Ashlee says:

    love them! I have done this with several in my house! Makes such a difference!

  10. kersten says:

    Oh. My. LOVE IT!

  11. Lexi says:

    Very pretty! Love your blog! :) Found it from my etsy traffic sources..?

  12. Mary says:

    I love that fabric!

  13. Gillian says:

    I need to find my staple gun! Where did you do the staining? At the moment it's too cold here to do anything outside.

  14. Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    love those!

  15. Kristin says:

    I really like these chairs and the fabric…I have always wanted to finish a chair, but I have an obsession with buying chairs, and as a result have more then my house can hold. So refinishing one sound's great, but I better not add another chair to my mess ;-)

  16. Astyn says:

    Love these. I too am good friends with Craig!

  17. Becky says:

    Those chairs look fantastic! great job.

    I used to re-do furniture all the time but have gotten out of the habit. Might be time to start again.

  18. Lechelle says:

    I love that print. I hope you feel flattered if I go find it and use it.

  19. Anissa says:

    They look fabulous!

    Question – Did you make the curtains that I can see behind the chair? If you did I'd love to see a picture of them! (I'm still working on my curtains from your last tutorial and I admit it's a bit overwhelming to choose the right fabric for the space).

  20. Patti says:

    Your chairs came out great…love the fabric

  21. Cami says:

    Good work! The chairs look great. I love the fabric you used to recover them.

  22. Erin says:

    i love craigs list too. i have bought and sold much from good ol' craig!

    i love the fabric you chose. it looks perfect with your curtains!

  23. she wears flowers says:

    These are beautiful! I think you found an awesome home, too, didn't you? The wall paneling and moulding are gorgeous!

  24. Zulema says:

    Great Work! It's just that I need now for mi chairs. If I can make it, I will show you pics.

  25. Brookeanne says:

    I seriously LOVE you :). Thanks for these awesome tutorials. It has been so eye-opening for me!

    Is it bad that I'm hesitant to share your sight so I can continue to seem like a creative genious with the things I crafted around the house these last few weeks. Don't worry though, I will share soon ;)

  26. Lynne says:

    Great work! It looks beautiful!

  27. KCC and Dalling Family! says:

    I'm diggin the sitting corner! Your house looks like something off of HGTV. :o)

  28. says:

    Oh, I love that fabric!
    They look great. :)

  29. Goings on at the Glenn's says:

    very cute! The chairs look great. I love finishing furniture. It is so fulfilling and I think it is fun. The new fabric is great! I love the color and sunny appearance.

  30. sue says:

    Thank you for going these tutorials. We just moved into a new house and I have no idea how to decorate anything, but would love to learn.

  31. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says:

    I love these chairs!! And I too impress my hubby with my man tool skills! Doesn't it feel great???

  32. Katie says:

    These chairs look amazing! Thet are so fresh and classy. :) Have you ever tried liquid sandpaper? I've used it on paint and it worked great. It is SO EASY and SO FAST. You can read a little about it here…

    …in this post I did a while ago about repainting an old dresser. I don't know if liquid sandpaper would work well for this kind of project. I'd be interested to know.

  33. Scrappy Gifts says:

    fabulous! It looks so elegant. Love your what you learned summary too to give me more insight

  34. Lucky Ladybug Designs says:

    Beautiful results! I may have to try this!

  35. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says:

    Loving the fabric you chose, the chairs (the whole corner) looks great!

  36. Domestica says:

    THe funny thing is that they still had some of the plastic covering still on the seats.

    Beautiful work, I love it!

  37. BECKY says:


  38. Lindsay says:

    I can't get over how gifted you are! I'm so impressed with everything you do. I love these chairs. Good work!

  39. The Gunter Family says:

    The chairs look awesome!

    I don't know if there is something wrong with my Google Reader, but your posts aren't coming up all the way. The first few sentences are there, but that's it….and no pictures! :( Don't know if you've had anyone else have the same problem?

  40. anhesty says:

    omg these chairs are awesome. craig and i are friends too :)

  41. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    GORGEOUS!! I really love the fabric you used.

  42. Brad, Debbie, and K squared says:

    I want a tour of your house! Pleeeeease! Then we can see the before's and after's.

  43. Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training says:

    Looks great! I love the fabric you recovered with. Perfect with the wood color. I’ve been dying to funkify an on old chair but I have no idea where I would fit another chair on our house.

  44. Natalie says:

    I am loving the home redecoration stuff! it looks so good!

  45. Simply Sara says:

    WOW and WOW.
    I love the finished product too!
    Awesome job!

  46. Sidnie says:

    I love your chairs! I have an old chair that I threw new khaki fabric on, but I'm not in love with it. I just might need to grab some stain and a pretty pattern for it!

  47. The Laytons says:

    the moulding in your new house is seriously cute!

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