Before & After: A $7 Vintage Chair Finally Blooms

published Aug 9, 2014
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Stef stumbled on this $7 chair in a thrift store in Iowa while visiting her little brother in grad school. As a resident of California, she didn’t quite know how she was going to get it back home, but for $7, she’d find a way (thankfully her frequent traveling mom helped out). Once home, it sat as-is for another three years. “I stared at it, threw a sheet over it to give guests the appearance of a ‘project-under-construction’, even tried a few different paint colors to get some inspiration.” So what prompted a makeover finally? A perfect floral fabric found on eBay. See what she did!

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From Stef:

I stripped the wood using Citrustrip Stripping Gel and sanded it endlessly. (There was a great deal of original stain and peeling brown paint on the arms.) I needed to fill the wood in places so I used Minwax Wood Putty and sanded it to a seamless touch. I am a spray paint kind of girl. I like the even finish of spray paint so I went with Rust-Oleum’s Flat White Painters Touch 2X Ultra Cover Spray for primer. For the color, I used Rust-Oleum’s Metallics Spray in Aged Bronze. I finished it all with two coats of Rust-Oleum’s Ultra Cover 2X Satin Clear.

It is definitely a statement piece. I now keep it in my dressing area and am looking for that perfect aged brass chandelier to hang above it.

Thank you Stef!