Before & After: A Vintage Sitting Chair

Vintage Chair

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been searching for a great chair makeover on my local Craigslist for our guest room, only to have the perfect chair sold hours before I could nab it! Bummer. Here’s another great makeover project from the blog Matters of Style to spice up an older sitting chair for a newly appreciated place in the house. And you can’t beat the starting structure: French legs, rattan siding and an elegantly curved back.

Vintage Chair 2

I love the fabric and trimming — so classy!

Coming up later this week… an improptu reason to throw a party (our friends got married! and since the celebration was two weeks ago and miles and miles away, they want to celebrate with local friends and family with a second, last-minute reception) and I’m on the search for a great dessert bar for the duo. Stay tuned.

Follow the jump for the How-To on this beautiful chair, and more pics!

Vintage Chair 3

{Vintage Chair Makeover}

from Matters of Style

1. First step was to remove all the existing fabric. Next, I removed the worn-out foam batting in the seat and replaced it with some plain batting from Hancock Fabrics.

2. Finally, time to paint. First I sanded the chair. Then, I primed it. Third, I painted it with Krylon white gloss spray paint. It was amazing the difference a coat of paint made on this chair.

3. The next step was to find appropriate fabric. For the chair, I estimated that I needed around 2 yards. I attached the fabric to the chair with a staple gun. It was a challenge to hide all the staples and seams.

4. Next, I bought a covered button kit at Hancock’s and made them out of the yellow fabric. I then bought big “doll” needles to do the tufting.

A newly refashioned chair! This is an abridged version… check out the blog for the full article.

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