Sunday, March 27, 2011

Can I upholster?? NOOOOO

I got 2 of these chairs off Craigslist about a year ago.. My plan was to upholster but after reading several blogs and watching lots of u tube tutorials I decided that just was'nt my thing.. But , I loved their shape and $50.00 for 2 it was worth the risk I was about to take.
Found another picture this morning-- wooohooo.. I thought I had lost them all..
here's how both chairs looked sitting beside the fireplace..

I'm joining Susan for Meta Monday..
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also joining Kim's party
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 This was the photo on CL- and unfortunately its the only one I have.   My computer went kaflooie a few months later so~~ 1 before and 1 after is all I have.. I got a bit of chair number 2 in the photo at least..
I wanted to keep these but I just could;nt handle the mauve and blue flowers on a yellow background.. So if I was going to have them in my living room a major change was in order..I sure couldnt use them the way they were....
  Enter ~~Kilz primer.. yes , you read that right- Kilz lol.. You see I decided to do them one morning about 5 am when all the stores were closed but I could'nt sleep..    I taped off the arms and legs which were in a very nice cherry mahogeny stain and great condition.   The priming began and it took me about an hour to do both chairs.. The primer raised some of the fibers so a little light sanding with fine sandpaper was needed..
I decided primer coat number 2 was gonna be necessary so I did that later in the afternoon. I planned to let them dry till the next morning but you know how Life gets in the way of your best plans, right?
  So 2 weeks later- again, early in the morning I decided the paint them.  Of course, I had'nt gone and gotten any paint which meant I had two choices. SW kitchen cab paint-- nah, too thick,, and Behr soft white satin..  I went with the behr..  It only took one coat to look fabulous. All the nubs had laid down because of the primer and sanding in between and the paint went on smooth as silk- umm I mean-- Satin:)
  I loved the way they looked and took several photo of them on either side of the fireplace.. As I said at the beginning of this post- I lost all but 1 of those pictures..
I think it turned out beautifully and sitting in it didnt hurt it a bit.. I kept them 6 months and sold them to a friend of mine for - well lets just say-- a Profit:)   She's used them since and they still look just like they did when I painted them...
I added a little snippet of the original on the bottom right..
Really - it was easy .. 2 coats of primer- sand in between and 1 or 2 coats of paint- whichever you prefer.
 Let dry before using about 72 hours in a warm room without humidity.. Easy Peasy and oh so pretty..
So now, you folks that cant upholster= take heart-- you too can tranform your chairs..
I plan to try a loveseat soon.. Might even try stenciling on it once the paint is dry..
 While you're here I hope you go an visit a good friend of mine.   She'd love to have some followers and I'm sure she'd return the favor.. Helen is a real sweetie and I am proud to call her my friend..So please go pay her a visit.. She's love some company:)
 I appreciate your visit and hope you come stop by often.. It sure would be mightly lonely here without ya..
Hugs and All good things to each and everyone of You~!


  1. I totally did not expect you to say you painted them, Sonny! It looks great! I remember seeing painted furniture at one time in a magazine {a long time ago} and thought it was very creative and unique then, too. I don't know if I'd want to take on an upholstery job either. Great option!

  2. Now that's pretty gutsy and with amazing results. I get it though...what did you have to lose! Great job and congratulations on making a profit. Thank you for sharing your lovely project. Cherry Kay

  3. This is amazing, Sonny...I am so impressed. The chair looks beautiful! I'm so glad yo made a profit! :-)


  4. Just amazing! Boy, I have a hunter green, wing chair I'd love to try that on and if it didn't work out I'd buy a wing chair cover:) I think it's worth a try!


  5. Sonny! You're the smartest most creative one! You painted these chairs? Amazing! Your chair looks beautiful! I'm totally amazed!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. I was stunned to hear you could paint upholstery!!! Who knew!! The chair looks so wonderful!!!! I wish I could discover something to do with my brown leather couches!! Can't even put slip covers on them because they just slid around!!!!

  7. That's amazing. I didn't know you could do this. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

  8. Well aren't you the clever one! As my dad would say, "Will wonders never cease?" Love you creativity and feel a bit jealous.

  9. omgosh..I would never have the nerve to do it. They sure looked amazing. I've heard of painting upholstered furniture...Now, I am dying to try it. :))
    Now, going over to visit Helen.

  10. Sonny, thanks for your kindness! I not only have new followers, but I have many terrific blogs to follow, too. You are a super friend! Thanks again for all your help.


  11. I, too, never heard of painting upholstery. They look fabulous!
    Thanks for stopping by.

  12. They are wonderful! Love the style and now they are better than new! ♥

  13. Now that is great Sonny! You done good girl!

  14. I never would have guessed that they were painted! You should contact KILZ ~ maybe they will give you a contract!!

    Susan and Bentley

  15. Morning Sonny. You asked about the trim that I found on the internet. I found it at Warehouse Fabrics Inc. They do have some great trims at reasonable prices. How is the move or not moving going? Hugs, Marty

  16. Oh My Word Sonny! Those chairs look gorgeous! I would never have thought to do that, but I may give it a try! I am absolutely amazed at how they turned out. Thanks for inspiring me. I may have a new look on a chair very soon. I'll give you credit when I post it. laurie

  17. That is way too funny Sonny! They look great! Off to visit your friend!:)


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