Before & After: Terri’s Battered to Beautiful Chairs

published Jun 27, 2011
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Sometimes I think that, with the power of paint and elbow grease, there’s never a need to buy anything new again. And seeing a before and after like this one just lends support to that theory. That something so old and battered can be freshened up to look so beautiful gives me hope that there’s plenty of life left in a lot of old things (myself included).

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

When Terri, over at Crafty Workin Mommy, brought these two chairs home from a garage sale, her husband thought she was crazy. What could she possibly do with these two old weathered chairs, one of which had a broken arm? Surely these old things were way past their prime! (I often say something similar to myself when I look in the mirror every morning!)

But Terri was confident she could revive these chairs – and even if she couldn’t, she had only paid $5 for the two of them! She started by removing the arms on both of the chairs and then filling in the holes with wood putty, sanding the area to even out the patches. Terri also removed the seats from the chairs before giving them a coat of primer. Once primed, Terri spruced up the chairs with attention grabbing red paint. I daresay everything looks good dressed up in glossy red paint!

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Terri finished off the chairs by putting new padding and fabric on the seats. I love the bold pattern of the fabric she chose!

Check out Terri’s full post on her chair makeover over at her blog: Crafty Workin Mommy.