Ashley's DIY Armchair Rejuvenation

Before & After

This is my first re-upholstery project, so I am pretty stoked about it! I actually salvaged these chairs from my grandfather's house. The arms and legs were covered in mold and very undesirable…I sprayed bleach and hosed them down with water and let them sit in the sun for a few days before bringing them into the garage. Once they were completely dry and free of mold. I took the cushions off and began removing the caning from the sides of the chair to give them a lighter feel.

I had to fill in some of the areas where I had removed the caning with wood putty. I then sanded all exposed areas of the chair. After wiping off any sand particles, I spray painted the chairs with white lacquer spray paint. This was probably a 2 day process waiting for the putty — and then the paint — to dry. I had to spray about 2-3 coats of paint.

The next part was to re-do the cushions. I sewed the cording and then cut the fabric around the cushions leaving a few inches to be stapled, then began stapling! I also had some left over orange fabric that matches a wing back chair I have and made some pillows. All in all, it was probably a 2-3 day job. I am very happy with the turn out and of course my cat also appreciates his new lounge chairs.

Thanks Ashley!