$10 Yard Sale Chair Makeover

Hello sweet friends!! Welcome back! As always, I am so grateful when you stop by! Today I’m sharing this chair that I picked up at a yard sale last Summer for $10:

I often find desks or dressing tables that need a chair to go with them, so I picked this one up just in case I needed one, but I haven’t done anything with it in a year, so it was time to go! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.

I decided to go darker on this one…

$10 Yard Sale Chair Painted in Dixie Belle's Caviar

Better, oui?

$10 Yard Sale Chair Painted in Dixie Belle's Caviar

This one got two coats of Dixie Belle’s Caviar:

Then I decided to add a stencil to the center panel and settled on our house numbers. I used these stencils (the 1.5″ size) and spray adhesive:

$10 Yard Sale Chair Painted in Dixie Belle's Caviar

I filled the stencil in with three coats of white acrylic craft paint and a small brush and voila:

I removed the stencil as soon as I applied the last coat. Then I used a liner brush to fill in the gaps that give it away as a stencil.

$10 Yard Sale Chair Painted in Dixie Belle's Caviar

I shared a video this Summer that shows how I add stencils if you want to see that here:


Then I decided to keep going and found this stencil in my stash:

Adding a stencil to a chair

By the way, I’m not affiliated with this stencil company…I just like their stencils. This one also got three coats of white acrylic craft paint. I added the Grande-Rue part on the front of the chair beneath the seat. When everything was dry, I sanded all over, including across all the stenciled areas to smooth everything out using 220 grit sandpaper.

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I used my shop vac with a brush attachment to vacuum up all the dust, then wiped it down with a clean cloth.

I sealed with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in a satin finish using their applicator sponge

Sealing with a sponge works great with Dixie Belle's Clear Coat in satin

Try not to overwork the sealer. If you get uneven spots as you’re applying it, it will level out when it dries, or after you apply the second coat. I gave this piece two coats.

The satin finish is not super shiny but almost looks like a buffed finish.

Stenciling on a chair.


$10 Yard Sale Chair Painted in Dixie Belle's Caviar


$10 Yard Sale Chair Painted in Dixie Belle's Caviar

The back got a simple fleur-de-lis:

$10 Yard Sale Chair Painted in Dixie Belle's Caviar


$10 Yard Sale Chair Painted in Dixie Belle's Caviar

Now it’s like a sexy little black dress!

$10 Yard Sale Chair Painted in Dixie Belle's Caviar



$10 Yard Sale Chair Painted in Dixie Belle's Caviar

I had fun giving this chair a new personality! I hope you enjoyed it too!

And that’s one more done!

If you missed any of these makeovers, you can visit them here:

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99¢ Thrift Store Basket turned Fall Arrangement

Mirror and Table Makeovers

Thrift Store Hat Box and PT Holder

The only items left are the larger picnic basket and the gold mini shelves. I’m thinking I may just paint the basket white so it can be stacked with the first basket I did and perhaps sell as a set. If so, I’ll have something else to share on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls! I’ve been playing with the mini shelves in my dining room and I may use them in there as-is. Either way, I’ll have a brand new makeover for you on Tuesday!! Woohoo!!

Have a wonderful weekend!



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    WOW, that is so beautiful now! I like it very much, and you surprised me with the black! It turned out very pretty. It is always so fun to see what you will do to your pieces you find, so inspirational!

    • Thank you so much, Mary! I enjoy pulling out the black every once in a while! So glad you enjoyed it too! Have a great weekend!

  2. Really lovely – just the right amount of stencilling 🙂

  3. Cecilia from Georgia says

    Good Job!! Love the stencil on the back. I watched your video about how to make a stencil look hand-painted and it is really helpful. I appreciate the tutorial. Now I need to try it but I’ve learned the hard way to do a test run on scraps!! Have a great weekend! XOXO

    • Thank you, Cecelia! I’m so glad you found the video helpful! And yes, it’s always a good idea to test on a scrap when you’re trying something for the first time! XOXO

  4. Kimberly A Johnson says

    Do you like the applicator sponge? I thought about buying it.

  5. Tina Pineiro says

    Nice chair! My husband thinks I have a chair problem because I always want more. (I do, but it probably keeps him from noticing all the other stuff I hoard.) There is a special place in heaven for those who see the beautiful outcome (after some love) instead of seeing an old chair. All of your projects are great and I enjoy them. I look forward to every post….

    • Aww thank you so much, Tina!! I am so thrilled to hear that you enjoy what I share! It sounds like we have the same husband LOL! XOXO

  6. Christina in SW FL says

    Christy this is a beautiful makeover! I admit I am a bit surprised, as slick as the seat was, that you didn’t sand it a bit. Go you! It turned out beautiful!

    • Thank you, Christina! Yep… No need to sand with chalk paint. At least it hasn’t failed me yet LOL. Have a great weekend! XOXO

  7. I love this and I’m thrilled to see you used the dark color! Most everything you do is white or light colors and this is a nice change of pace. Don’t get me wrong, I love all your work but I’d love to see more in the darker line. 😊

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Shirley! I do love to use dark colors every once in a while, however they don’t sell very quickly in my booth, unfortunately. Black doesn’t do too badly though! XOXO

  8. This chair post was a nice surprise, you certainly didn’t use your usual go to paint color this time. I ❤️how it turned out. GREAT JOB!

  9. Love this chair in a new style for you! Still love all the whites, blues and turquoise’s best tho😉. Do you have any trouble sanding the dark colors? I always have such white streaks. Also, I have trouble when sanding a colored stencil on white furniture. It always smears. Any tips?

    • Thank you, Susan! The whites and blues are my favorites too, but this is a fun change, and black is about the only dark color that still sells for me! Sanding dark colors will leave a hazy look, but that should go away when you wax or seal your piece. I have had paint smear in the past as well, but I don’t seem to have that issue with this brand…Delta Ceramcoat. Give it plenty of dry time and it does well! XOXO

  10. Debbie in TX says

    Really loving the chair color, and it turned out so pretty! It would be a great piece to put in your entryway or even on the front porch. That little sprig of greenery really dressed it up!

    • Thank you, Debbie! It would be great on a porch…hmmm and I have black out there on mine! You gave me something to consider! XOXO

      • Yes! That’s what I figured you’d do with it since it has your house numbers. I love it.

        • Thanks, Jackie! Funny thing…that never occurred to me ha ha! I just used my house numbers for the heck of it! I might have to keep it now! XOXO

  11. Ashley Sovig says

    ❤️ the chair. Great idea to stencil it!

  12. you make things look so simple! and this one really would be! last time i counted in our little antiques rooms in the shop, i have 15 vintage chairs! i think i should give up and paint at least one!

  13. You make such great stuff! I am in awe of your talent and patience!

  14. I think I am repeating myself (over and over) but your creativity and cleverness never ceases to amaze me! I would walk right by that before chair, but not the after chair! Wish I had your vision. (I can always copy yours though. :))

  15. Here’s to trying…..great redo on a mass produced so-so chair. Now it has WOW!!! I always seem to see these types of chairs at garage sales and pass them up….I do not resale…..
    AND as we know you are not really a reseller…….just a hoarder with tons of furniture in a mansion!!!! 😉 haha……you might hope this one doesn’t print !!! xoxo

    • Yay!! You got through! Thank you! And ha ha you would be so proud of me…I am working through that hoard at lightning speed woohoo! Well not that fast, but I have so little left in my stash!! XOXO

  16. Julie Briones says

    Love the black… I was planning on seeing white, and this was an elegant surprise! 😉

    • Oh yay!! I knew this could be a bleeder and I just didn’t feel like playing that game with this one ha ha! So black it was! Have a great weekend, Julie! XOXO

  17. Mary Loveland says

    Your chair looks great with the new color and styling! Sure has unique legs, looks very sturdy. Fess up….how many of the newly re-done pieces have already sold?? I hope everything sells quickly so you can “shop” for more pieces to save! Keep up the good work Christy.

    • Thank you, Mary! I love the legs as well. I have sold a ton this Summer, so I’ve already been shopping! I took photos of everything today so I might be sharing my new haul on Tuesday! XOXO

  18. Hahaha, I read your earlier post when you said this might be a bleeder so you decided to go dark. I was wondering if it was necessary to put on a sealer prior to the black paint because you know I’ve been having trouble lately! This caviar black does not reveal any grayish cast? I ask because I have used a different brand of black and it came out more of a charcoal gray color -not a true black.

    IMHO, I would have reversed the address down the center (meaning: have the No. at the top of the chair with the digits running downwards.

    • Yes…ha ha…black for the win! I did not seal prior. Black paints can be tricky…Caviar is a true dark black so no gray cast at all! XOXO

    • Oh…and I added the numbers that direction because I wanted the numbers to fill the larger area of that back panel. 🙂

  19. Deborah Fraser says

    I am so in awe of you…..you are super talented and I so love your projects…p,s. I am subscribed to many blogs and yours by far is my favorite…

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