Projects & Improvements

Before & After: Eyesore No More

published Sep 4, 2014
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(Image credit: Kirsten Cronin-Cartee)

Kirsten tells us that her fiancé thought she was slightly crazy when she brought this hideous chair home one drizzly afternoon. He thought it was even crazier that she’d paid $25 for this eyesore. Guess what? He loves it now.

(Image credit: Kirsten Cronin-Cartee)

And this from a reupholstery newbie! Amazing job.

From Kirsten:

The first thing I did was strip the chair down to its stuff, which was in surprisingly good shape. Next, I painted it with two generous coats of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Graphite. After a light sanding, I rubbed in some of the tinted wax, let it dry and then applied two coats of clear wax. After a good buffing, I was ready to put on the new fabric and the double welting. It was my first time upholstering a chair and my first time making double welting and it couldn’t be any easier. Anyone with a staple gun, a sewing machine, and a bit of patience can do this.

See more (and some excellent instructions for this DIY) at the Laurel House Project.

Thank you Kirsten!