Before & After: A Craigslist Chair Gets a Little Shimmer

published Dec 18, 2015
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(Image credit: Submitted by Becky)

I have been teaching myself to reupholster furniture. When I found this sturdy vintage arm chair with cane sides on Craigslist for $15 I knew it could be a gem. The chair has a wonderful horsehair cushion and did not require any new batting.

(Image credit: Submitted by Becky)

I cleaned it up, applied Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Old White, lightly distressed the edges, and put a couple coats of wax on the frame. I had some extra Robert Allen Neo Toile left over from another project that I thought looked beautiful on her so my fabric cost was zero. I wanted a little shimmer so I glued on some gold/champagne gimp rather than making double welt piping.

The grand total for this chair redo came in at $45 and I think she is stunning!

Thank you, Becky! You can see more of Becky’s project on her blog.