Before & After: Rachel’s Rescued Chair

published Apr 15, 2011
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

When my friend Rachel was given this chair — a secondhand hand-me-down from her sister — she was able to look past the ratty old upholstery and worn frame and see its true potential. With a little paint and new upholstery, the chair looks brand new.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Says Rachel of the chair makeover:

“I got this chair as a secondhand hand-me-down. My sister gave it to me after she had been given it from her older, quirky neighbor who she calls “Mr. Wilson” (of the Dennis the Menace variety Ha!). It was dirty and had the old original dark tan velvet upholstery. I painted the wood with several coats of Delta Ceramcoat paint in Light Ivory using a brush followed by a clear coat spray for a nice sheen. I purchased the fabric from Jo-Anns. It was on clearance for $6 a yard. Normally I would wait and use a coupon or for a sale so I could get it for an extra 50% off (because I am crazy about getting things as cheaply as humanly possible!) but I was anxious and wanted to do it that day, so I paid the ghastly $6 a yard (haha!). The project was pretty simple, but it DID have nail head trim that I had to remove, which was kind of a beast. The nail head trim made the tear down process much longer than I would prefer but, as always, the result is so worth it!”

I agree, Rachel, the result is totally worth the effort! This chair, which in its original condition may have been relegated it to the trash heap, now sits at a desk in Rachel’s guest room.

Images: Rachel Halversen