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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

Administrator 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 the 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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