Before & After: Anne's Awesome Rescued Chairs

Before & After: Anne's Awesome Rescued Chairs

Jason Loper
Jun 15, 2011

Annie was looking for new occasional chairs for her office but she didn't want to spend a lot of money. Enter these two old chairs for $25. All they needed was a little TLC and now they look like a million bucks!

Those poor chairs in the before picture, with their plastic covered seats that almost made them look monochromatic, were a sad sight to behold. Now, with the oh-so-en-vogue gray paint and freshly covered seats, they look brand new!.

The first thing Anne did was rip the plastic and fabric off the old seat cushions. Then, she recovered the seats with a new modern floral print fabric. While the seats were off, Anne repainted the chairs. She's totally a girl after my own heart: she skipped the messy sanding and went straight to priming the chairs. I often skip sanding myself because it just doesn't always seem necessary to make a big mess.

After allowing the primer to dry, Anne painted the chairs with a mix of 3 old paints she had on hand ('atta girl!). Once painted, Anne popped the seat cushions back on the chairs and now those old dated chairs look brand new!

There are many more photos of the makeover process over at Anne's blog: Hello Newman's: "New" Chairs for the Office.

Images: Hello Newman's

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