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!