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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.
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Nans says:

    I too love craigslist erm, shopping shall we say, but I live in NYC and I am so afraid of bring home bed bugs. How do you get around that?

  2. doreen says:

    I love that pattern from Hancock! I’ve never seen it before, it’s super cute!

  3. The Noalls says:

    I know this is an older post, but I think you said you see all of them…why does Hancock seem to be so much better than JoAnn? I can't seem to find such vibrant, bold prints there at all.

  4. Cara@TheSheetBoutique says:

    "Craig" is a very busy ladie's man… he has ladies all over the country who LOVE him.

    Great finds! Great finished chairs!

  5. Ashley says:

    I got that fabric at Hancock Fabric. They were having a big upholstery fabric sale…..and may still be having it. Good luck!

  6. Lovely Little Nest says:

    Would you PLEASE let me know where you found that fabric?! It's gorgeous!

  7. Kimmy C says:

    Craigslist and I are the best of friends! :) I have sold many an item on it! Nice chairs!

  8. Adventures in Dressmaking says:

    Those are SOOOOO CUTE! I loove the fabric. They look so great!

  9. Heather says:

    Soooo cute! Well done.

  10. Alldridge Family says:

    Ash… that is seriously cute. If you have any of that BEAUTIFUL fabrice left it would be fun to cover a picture frame or some coasters or something to incorporate the hot fabric on that hot lil table… As always, you rock ;)

  11. Twiddle Thumbs says:

    These turned out great!
    I need me a staple gun. :)

  12. Tierra says:

    I LOVE the fabric. So cheery. Thanks for showing how easy it can be.


  13. Melissa says:

    I wish I had your eye for fabric! Those chairs are stunning, you did a beautiful job! I'm still working on those curtains and when I went to get the fabric, I brought the hubby along and said, "Okay honey, we need to find some Ashley fabric for these curtains." haha, he gave me a funny look, but I think we found some great fabric. So thanks for the inspiration ;)

  14. Amy says:

    These turned out so great! I alos really love those roses… they match perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Tanya and Colin says:

    Awesome! I love making old new again!!! Spray paint and I have been doing this a lot the last few weeks!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. The Noalls says:

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

  19. 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!

  20. Kelley says:

    Simply mahvelous, dahling!

  21. Sarah says:

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

  22. 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–

  23. Blackburns says:

    So so cute! You are amazing!

  24. Ashlee says:

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

  25. kersten says:

    Oh. My. LOVE IT!

  26. Lexi says:

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

  27. Mary says:

    I love that fabric!

  28. 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.

  29. Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    love those!

  30. 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 ;-)

  31. Astyn says:

    Love these. I too am good friends with Craig!

  32. 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.

  33. Lechelle says:

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

  34. 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).

  35. Patti says:

    Your chairs came out great…love the fabric

  36. Cami says:

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

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

  39. Zulema says:

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

  40. 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 ;)

  41. Lynne says:

    Great work! It looks beautiful!

  42. KCC and Dalling Family! says:

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

  43. says:

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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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???

  47. 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.

  48. Scrappy Gifts says:

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

  49. Lucky Ladybug Designs says:

    Beautiful results! I may have to try this!

  50. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says:

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

  51. Domestica says:

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

    Beautiful work, I love it!

  52. BECKY says:


  53. 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!

  54. 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?

  55. anhesty says:

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

  56. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    GORGEOUS!! I really love the fabric you used.

  57. Brad, Debbie, and K squared says:

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

  58. 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.

  59. Natalie says:

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

  60. Simply Sara says:

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

  61. 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!

  62. The Laytons says:

    the moulding in your new house is seriously cute!

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