Welcome back, amazing friends! Have you got an old chair that could use a makeover? Well I am here with tons of inspiration for that chair project!
Because I was expecting to be traveling this week, I had planned to share an oldie, but goodie today. However plans changed so I had a little more time to put something together, and I decided to round up a bunch of my chair makeovers and share them in one post!
I mentioned on Tuesday that I would be driving Jack to college today, but later that morning, we got the news that the start of classes had been pushed back two weeks. That meant that his move-in date was pushed back two weeks also. I was ready to just get it over with, but I am so thankful for two more weeks with my sweet boy! I think I’ll definitely (maybe) be more ready to say good bye then! Thank you for all your words of encouragement and wisdom on Tuesday!
I must have a soft spot for chairs because I always check them out when I’m thrifting! Even the most tragic looking of chairs can be brought to life with a little imagination and know-how. Just be sure it is solid and not wobbly because it is not worth the trouble to try to fix a wobbly chair!
I’ve done quite a few over the years and here are 23 of them!
I’ve included the links to these makeovers below each after photo if you’d like to see more of one of them! Enjoy!
I’m going WAY back for this first one! It is a super oldie, but a good one, I think.
This is my desk chair that I bought at the thrift store back in 2013 for $40:
It was SO comfy that I had to bring it home, even though it was way overpriced (in my opinion)!! When I got home and googled the make and model number on the bottom, this leather chair actually reatailed for $500! That’s insane! No wonder it was so comfortable, and what a deal it turned out to be!
I am still using this very same chair today, and aside from the fabric wearing on the right arm a little, it has held up beautifully!
This next chair was a such a cutie except for one small detail…it was missing a seat:
No worries! For $9.98, I decided to lug it home anyway! Great for a chamber pot, no? Put it right beside the bed?
I cut and covered a piece of plywood for the seat and fixed it right up, no chamber pot necessary!
This little rocking chair is one of a few that I’m sharing today. I always pick up children’s rockers when I see them as they are good sellers.
This one was a $4 thrift store find:
It got a sweet, shabby new look:
Here’s another child’s rocker I picked up for $6.98 on a thrifting trip with my favorite thrifting buddy, Nancy:
It got a whimsical makeover:
I picked up this set of chairs at the thrift store for around $60 for the set:
They looked like they had come out of the saddest waiting room you ever did see. I loved the French Provincial lines of them though and tried to see past the tattered upholstery.
They sat in our garage for forever until I finally decided to give them their big day.
And I think I made it up to them!
These still sit at our kitchen table today! This was when we first moved in and I was sharing our pedestal kitchen table that I redid…
Not long after we moved in, I went in search of two chairs to go with this set. I searched every thrift store I could find to no avail.
Then, one day while I was browsing through HomeGoods, I spotted these:
That gold wasn’t doing anything for me, but the shape was very similar to the chairs I had already redone, AND they were on clearance! SOLD!
I brought them home, gave them a paint job, and covered the seats in the same ticking I used on the other two chairs:
They coordinate so nicely with the other chairs…
Such a charming set for our kitchen!
Not long after that, my hubby decided he was going to empty our storage unit since we now had a larger garage. I had this thing stored in there for three years!
It was only $35 at the thrift store and with all those pretty details, I just could not leave it behind. I never really had the motivation to redo it though until I had an empty spot that needed filling in our new living room.
I found a beautiful set of curtain panels at HomeGoods (my favorite fabric store lol) that did wonders for this chair!
I love how this one turned out so much! This now resides in a corner of our dining room.
Next up is this queen Anne chair I picked up for $10 to use in our Halloween display:
After halloween, it just sat in our garage until I picked up this beauty (for only $30!!):
It turns out that this chair ended up being a pretty good match!
They did sell separately though.
This cane-backed chair was also purchased to use in our Halloween display:
Talk about an ugly duckling, but that cane is so pretty when painted!
This makeover was done entirely with spray paint, making it super easy! The seat was covered with fabric I found at the thrift store!
Up next is this thrift store find I picked up for $10 on another one of my Thrifting Trips with Nancy:
I just loved those beautiful details, but the inside of the seat was a mess of straw and whatever else gross stuff was stuffed inside chairs a hundred years ago!
I gave it fresh paint and completely redid the seat:
You can see Nancy and me shopping for it here:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
This next one was a lot of fun! It started out as this thrift store find that I held onto for way too long and then gave up and tried to flog at our annual neighborhood yard sale:
With no takers after the yard sale (See pics from that yard at the end of this post HERE!), I decided to keep it and give it some love.
I was inspired by a piece in the book my friend, Jen at Girl in the Garage, wrote called Amazing Furniture Makeovers.
It turned out so cute!
It was a lot of fun bringing this one to life! And it is still for sale in my booth!
This next chair just wasn’t cute at all, but I spied it at a yard sale for $10 and brought it home anyway:
It sat in my storage room for months before I added it to my Haul of Shame to ensure it would finally get a makeover!
White paint to the rescue!!
The two-toned look wasn’t a good look at all, so painting it all one color did wonders!
Here’s another piece from my Haul of Shame, this child’s wicker rocker:
I am always painting furniture white, but this time, I took a white piece and turned it blue!
My favorite on this one is stripes on the runners!
Ever come across a broken cane seat?? This was a deal at $6.98:
I gave it a simple fix with plywood and fabric that gave it many more years of life to live:
This little cutie was hard to pass up for $5!
I decided to play with green for this one.
You guys seemed to love the green, but unfortunately it sat too long in my booth, and I ended up bringing it home and painting the green stripes blue.
It sold shortly after.
This next chair was also a $10 yard sale find:
I pick up small chairs because I often find desks or dressing tables that do not have chairs, and so it’s nice to have a couple on hand. This thing was solid, but had zero personality! And I never came across a piece I could match it to, so I set out to give it some much-needed personality:
Stencils made it so much more fun! I might even say it’s cute!
How about outdoor chairs?
This set had definitely seen better days!
The covers had faded and the brown did not go with our new house at all. I decided to redo them for our side porch!
See how I made brand new covers for these outdoor cushions HERE. If you can sew a straight line, I promise you can do this!
This next one was a redo of a redo! It started out like this:
It got its first makeover HERE and lived in our old kitchen for several years.
It sat in my storage room for a while until I decided to give it another redo:
One of my favorite wreath stencils finished the look:
I found this dated little rocker for $5 on the same thrift store trip as the previous child’s rocker I shared:
I wasn’t sure how this one would look when redone, but I should have known better…
It turned out super cute with its mini check seat and fun sentiment!
This might be my favorite of all the rockers!
I see this style of chair quite often. I ended up buying these one this time because they were super cheap at only $5 each!
I decided to use them to share a tutorial on how to replace a chair cushion:
I loved the style of this next chair as soon as I spied it at the thrift store:
For $14, I snatched it up! I ended up pairing it with a drop leaf table that I brought home from my booth for a redo.
The legs were a great match!
Hello Miss Lyla!
The table got a transfer…
And most recently, these chairs that once belonged in my mom’s kitchen and then my own years ago, got a makeover:
A new paint job and and recovered seats gave these cuties a brand new look!
I love the ticking for these sweet chairs:
And just for fun, here are two more projects that were made from chairs!
I’ve shared this first one a couple of times… my neighbor had asked me if I wanted her rocker that was on her porch. It needed repaired, but I wasn’t interested so I passed on it.
A few days later I found this sticking out of her garbage can:
I knew just what I could do with it and grabbed it.
I ended up turning it into a shelf!
It currently lives in our guest bath.
And this project began as the front of a chair that I salvaged from a broken chair a couple of years ago:
I added a piece of wood to the top and created a cute wall shelf with this one too!
I hope you enjoyed this look back with me!
I’ll be drawing my THREE winners of the Etsy Shop/Dixie Belle giveaway today, so be sure to check your email! I will announce the winners once everyone has responded.
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with this little table:
UPDATE: This table looks so much cuter now! See it HERE!
Have an amazing weekend, dear friends!
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