Hello sweet friends! Today, I’ve got an antique oak chair makeover to share!
Y’all may remember my mom claimed this little cabinet from my Painting the Smalls post I shared last week:
She has black and white toile in her home and was determined to find a place for it. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Then, she saw this chair in my stash…
Evidently, she could see past that very unfortunate upholstery!
She asked if I could make it over to match her bedroom since she had been looking for a small chair for the corner of her room.
I found this beauty at the thrift store for $14.98.
Priming is not necessary…just a quick way to get a first coat on there! I don’t usually do this with furniture pieces, but I make an exception for chairs!
Even if you don’t want to spray prime the whole thing, I recommend at least spray priming the cane part.
Then, I followed up with a coat of Dixie Belle’s Fluff:
Fluff is what I like to call a vintage white and has excellent coverage, covering most surfaces in just two coats.
And wouldn’t you know, I got the dreaded bleed through!
This is not uncommon with antique oak. So, I spot primed with clear BOSS and let it sit in the sun for a few hours to completely dry. If it hadn’t been a warm, sunny day, I would have let it sit overnight.
Then I gave it a second coat of paint and thankfully, no more bleed through!
My mom doesn’t love a super distressed look, so I just lightly sanded all over to smooth it with 220 grit sandpaper.
On rare occasions, a liquid sealer will pull through tannins that didn’t come through when painting.
If I had BOSSed the whole chair, I wouldn’t have to worry about that at all. But since I just hit the spots that were coming through, I didn’t want to take any chances, so I chose Best Dang Wax in clear to seal this chair.
I used my Best Dang Brush to apply it:
Then, I used a clean soft cloth to buff in the wax and remove any excess:
Recovering the seat
All that was left to do now was cover the seat.
After removing that fancy Berber carpet looking upholstery, I chose this gorgeous toile to recover it to match my mom’s decor.
But first, I added a layer of gingham across the underside of the seat just for a fun contrast, even though it will never be seen.
Then, I used my cheapo staple gun to add the new fabric to the seat:
The foam was in good condition, so I was able to reuse that.
Once I had the seat covered, I made piping for around the edges. I like to finish off my chairs this way.
To do that, I first cut my fabric in a two inch strip using my rotary cutter and cutting mat set:
Then, I folded it over cotton cording I picked up at Walmart and took it to my machine…
See more on how to make piping for chairs including a NO SEW option HERE.
I attached it to the perimeter of the seat with hot glue, screwed the seat back in place, and this oak chair makeover was officially complete!
Antique Oak Chair Makeover: the After
Who knew this cutie was hiding under there? (My mom!)
It’s so much prettier now!
Let’s get a look at that piping…
It just finishes it off so nicely!
I found this gorgeous black and white toile fabric on Amazon HERE.
Of course I was already sold with the cane backing when I fist saw this chair at the thrift store, but what about this detail…
I just love these carved claw feet!
My mom already came and claimed her new chair yesterday lol!
That’s another piece from my new Spring 2022 Haul complete!
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I hope y’all will meet me back here on Thursday to see what I did with this small box :
Update! See what I did with it HERE now!
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