Tuesday’s DIY: 10 Minute Chair Makeover

7 Feb

These chairs needed a little updating.  I bought them at them at an estate sale recently and they were a great find at $30 bucks each.

The upholstery is in near perfect condition, they have great shape and they are mid-century which is one of my favorite styles.

Despite the blue checkered upholstery being in excellent shape, I’m not that keen on the print of the fabric. The print is adequate but the chair would look killer with a new bold bright fabric on it. However, because the fabric is in such good quality, it doesn’t seem rational to tear it off and redo it.  Not to mention upholstery fabric is expensive and this chair would require a tremendous amount of work to upholster.

My mind was racing trying to come up with an idea that would give these chairs a little facelift and also be both quick and economical.  Good thing I met my new San Antonio friend, Donno Rullo.  Donna, who is a brilliant designer and always full of great ideas suggested painting the legs.  Perfect idea!

So here is a quick makeover that took less than 10 minutes.  I painted the legs silver using Martha Stewart Precious Metals Paint in the shade Silver Leaf,

the same silver I previously used on this desk:

Painting the legs was the easiest furniture project I’ve probably ever completed. I painted two coats and the combined work time took 10 minutes.

The silver looks a little flat in the picture but in person, it’s really nice with lots of silver variations.  I think it made a big difference in the chair’s appearance and it now looks much more modern.

Here’s another side by side comparison.

What you do think about the new legs?!  Like? :)


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One Response to “Tuesday’s DIY: 10 Minute Chair Makeover”

  1. Angel November 17, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Google painted fabric furniture. Those chairs would look great if the fabric was painted. Cheap and easy to do and will totally change the look without reupolstering. Not for the faint of heart but I totally think you have the skills to pull it off. :) angel

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