Folding Wooden Chair Makeover and a Giveaway!

Amazing friends, I am so excited today because not only do I have a fun makeover for ya’ll,  I also get to brag on my dear friend, Jen!  You may know her from her blog, Girl in the Garage. We have been teaming up with our blog friends sharing furniture makeovers for several years now. I have also had the pleasure of meeting her in person, and she is just as sweet in person as she comes across on her blog! **Be on the lookout for an awesome GIVEAWAY she has put together at the bottom as well!

I’m bragging on her today because she wrote a book and not just any kind of book, but MY kind of book! It is gorgeous and filled with beautiful photos and step-by-step instructions for 25 brand new never-seen-before furniture makeovers! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.

It’s called Amazing Furniture Makeovers: Easy DIY Projects to Transform Thrifted Finds into Beautiful Custom Pieces:

And it is amazing!

It officially goes on sale on June 4th, but you can pre-order HERE now! (It’s only around $15 on Amazon right now!) You can also find it at Book Depository HERE if you are outside the U.S.

BONUS: You’ll also get some fun pre-order gifts if you order before June 4th:

Visit HERE to claim your gifts after you pre-order!  You’ll just need your confirmation number.

How cute is this dollhouse she created from a bookcase?

Bookcase turned dollhouse from Girl in the Garage, Amazing Furniture Makeovers

She shares exactly how she did it in her book.

And how about this awesome dresser made to look like stacked suitcases:

Dresser made to look like suitcases from Girl in the Garage, Amazing Furniture Makeovers

I love this makeover!!

Or this Frenchy beauty:

Perfection! Jen shares the before photos as well as each step of every makeover.

Today I’m drawing inspiration from this pretty stenciled dresser:

Stenciled dresser from Girl in the Garage, Amazing Furniture Makeovers

And here is what I’m using that inspiration on:

Yup. I’m telling ya’ll, it was hard finding inspiration for this one!

I found this chair for $6 at the thrift store a few years ago. Yes, this chair moved with us two years ago and has just been taking up space ever since. I finally gave up and decided to sell it at my yard sale:

Everything in that photo sold EXCEPT for the chair. Go figure. I had it priced at $5 and NO takers! Clearly, they weren’t inspired by it either!

So I added it to my yard sale rescue pile and here we are.

As soon as I saw that dresser in Jen’s book, I knew what I wanted to do with this sad chair!

And here is my take on her idea:

Stenciled wooden folding chair from

I didn’t use the exact same stencil that she did. I found this one HERE on Amazon.

Stenciled wooden folding chair from

But cute, no?

Stenciled wooden folding chair from

I used Dixie Belle’s Manatee Gray (Available in my shop HERE.) as the base. It is a little darker than these photos show. All the light brightens it up a bit. (The photo below is more accurate.)

Then I used my stencil and similar pouncers that Jen used to add the detail…

Then I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth everything out. This does wonders for the imperfections as well.

Stenciled wooden folding chair from

To seal I used Dixie Belle’s Satin Clear Coat and applied it with their applicator sponge. This worked great for getting in the tight spaces since I could squeeze the sponge in there.

Stenciled wooden folding chair from


Stenciled wooden folding chair from


Stenciled wooden folding chair from

I had a lot of fun with this one!

Stenciled wooden folding chair from

It could be great for a dorm or any small space that could use a folding chair.

Stenciled wooden folding chair from

What do you think? Isn’t it awesome to be inspired??

Stenciled wooden folding chair from

And now for that incredible giveaway I mentioned!

One lucky reader will win all of this:

Thank you to Sandpaper shops, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, Iron Orchid Designs, and Girl in the Garage for sponsoring this giveaway.

How cool is that? Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter! The more tasks you follow, the more chances you earn to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! I’d love for one of my awesome readers to win!!

You can find more information on Jen’s new book Amazing Furniture Makeovers: Easy DIY Projects to Transform Thrifted Finds into Beautiful Custom Pieces HERE!

And I am one project closer to wrapping up this yard sale rescue pile:

If you missed any, you can see them here:

Ornate Shelf Makeover

Yard Sale Frames Rescued

Porch Sign Makeover

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with the bowls!

UPDATE: No need to wait woohoo! See how these bowls look now HERE!

See ya then! Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Wow, that turned out amazing. I love that chair now, I bet if you put that out in a garage sale now it would be sold in minutes. I hope who ever walked by that chair and didn’t buy it sees your transformation! Is this staying in your home or selling in your booth. I bet it doesn’t last long in your booth. Thanks to you and girl in the garage for the great inspiration, you are both totally amazing!

    • Thank you, Mary! I’m not sure I ever thought it could be that cute ha ha! Thanks to Jen for the inspiration! This will be heading to my booth. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your day! XOXO

  2. Judy Lincicum says

    Christy, this is absolutely the best giveaway I have ever entered! Can’t believe you pulled this one off! Oh, yes I can, you’re are Christy. LOL

    • Isn’t it fantastic?? I wish I could take credit for pulling this one together, but that was all Jen! Good luck! XOXO

  3. Christina in SW FL says

    Christy, Your folding chair turned out so cute!
    This is great inspiration for the 4 similar chairs I have stowed in a closet. 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks, Christina! It would be fantastic to do all four in the same colors but do each one slightly different! XOXO

  4. ColleenB.-Tx. says

    OMG. Love what you had done to the chair. That is so adorable.
    Liked your sign that you made over the other day as well.

  5. Hi Chrssy..I have a chair just like that.. I have mine outside on my frint porch. I love it there..I decorate for the seasons My color is a taupe and for the slat at yr back I did it black.I hang a seasonal wreath on the slat.Sometimes I put a lantern on the sitting part. I would send you a pic but Im sending u this note early in the my neighbors would think Im crazy taking a pic of my chair so early in the

    • Oh what a great idea! I bet it looks so good! And ha ha…my neighbors see me do some strange things for the sake of my blog lol! XOXO

      • Cecilia from Georgia says

        This would be such a cool card table and chairs set! I am looking forward to the Furniture Makeover book too! Thanks for the giveaway!

        • Yes!! It sure would…you could use the same colors on each piece, but stencil them all a bit differently. The book is fantastic! 🙂

    • Alison H says

      Ooooooh…aawwwww…that’s all I can think lol. This turned out so beautiful….now I’m eyeing my wooden folding TV trays with beady crafty eyes…bwuuhahaha!!! Xoxo

  6. ???????? You never know where inspiration will come from ????

  7. Nice! That turned out cute.

  8. Patricia Wilson says

    Wow, what your did with that folding chair was breathtaking! I want one…..Thanks for sharing all your great ideas with us.

  9. Cute, cute, cute chair! When you showed the picture of your yard sale I was thinking she should totally paint that chair instead of selling it and since it didn’t sell it worked out! I am really loving gray right now so this looks perfect to me and you had fun doing it, too! 🙂

    • Thanks, Betty! Yep it was meant to be saved, and I’m so glad now that I got the chance! This really was fun to do! XOXO

  10. Christy, this is such a beautiful makeover! i love the color. both you and Jen are such inspirations to me! you take the fear out of projects! thanks!

  11. Shayne Graves says

    Love, love, love the chair. So fun, with a Scandinavian feeling. Love my 2 days a week of inspirations from you! Thanks for sharing all these great ideas!

  12. Patty Soriano says

    ACK! I can’t believe you didn’t want to keep the chair! I LOVE finding those….and it doesn’t happen very often. For some reason, when I use the rafflecopter to pin, it does not allow me to “see it now” and get the url. As soon as I try to do that, it disappears and goes back to this page. I finally just went to my pinterest page and found it that way. LOVE the dresser where you got the inspiration. I have a couple of dressers to paint and I want to use this idea. Could really use the prize package. Thank you for such a generous offer!

    • I know…I am so glad no one bought it ha ha! I’m glad you were able to figure out the rafflecopter…it can be tricky sometimes. And yes, I love Jen’s dresser…such a great inspiration piece! Good luck on the giveaway! XOXO

  13. Such a cute chair now! I’m thinking my ugly metal folding chairs could use an update … ????

  14. sharon austin says

    Her suitcase dresser is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing this info; See you Tuesday!!

    • Right??? I love that piece! Her book is full of beautiful transformations! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  15. I have a ‘thing’ for deco chairs….. and I love your creation !!!!

  16. This is adorable! And I actually have 2 (unlatching) wood folding chairs!
    I have a question about the table you have the chair pictured with. What is the size of it and how would you describe it so I can hunt for one on Craigs list.

    • Thank you, Debbie! I would call that table an antique writing table with turned legs. It is such a great size and I love it for staging! XOXO

  17. Marcie Lovett says

    Okay, what can you do with a wood chair, I thought. Ha! It really looks like something now! Great color, and the stencil is the perfect accent.

    Congratulations to Jen on the book! I’ve been following the progress for a while and it’s exciting to see it in print.

    • Right?? I am surprised at how cute it turned out myself! I am so excited for Jen as well…she is very talented! Good luck on the giveaway…it’s a good one! XOXO

  18. Sue H Mellette says

    Love the folding chair. You are awesome and I always look forward to your DIYs! They are so inspiring! Thanks,

  19. Hi Christy, Did you use your spray gun? How did you get coverage between the seat slats? This is a very cute chair, but labor intensive, maybe?

    • Thanks, Robin! I painted it by hand with a brush and it took me about 25 minutes for each coat. I probably could have given it only one, but I did two coats. It wasn’t labor intensive at all, and I really enjoyed being creative with it! If I don’t mention how I painted it, I used a brush. I’ll always tell ya’ll when I spray something. XOXO

  20. Love it. It’s just perfect.

  21. As always…so cute!! I have a folding chair I’ve had stashed forever. You have inspired me!

  22. Christy, when are you going to write a book? I just pre-ordered GIG’s book and will be eagerly awaiting yours! You have so much talent (your “smalls” count big time) you really should spread-the-love with a book…..that might be a good title!

    • I really should! I have thought about it. I appreciate the encouragement!! You are so sweet, thank you! XOXO

  23. Once again you inspire me. I picked up 2 similar chairs from the curb last summer. I stared at them the other day, wondering how to paint them.????

    P.S. I preordered the book and can’t wait for to come!

  24. Your chair is just darling, Christy!! Thanks so much for sharing about my book – I am always inspired by YOUR work and I’m so thankful for our friendship! xoxo

  25. Christy, I love this chair, but you are the amazing “chair lady” in my book! I love every chair that you’ve ever “created”! I have a double set like your chair that I was going to sell, but maybe not now. Would be so cute on a porch! Your ideas always surprise me – in a very good way, of course! 🙂

    • Wow thank you so much, Patty! You are so sweet!! A set of these would be fantastic on a porch! I hope you keep yours! XOXO

  26. Wow! What a transformation that ugly, brown chair went through! I could tell it was a well-built sturdy piece but with no character. You did a great job making it absolutely charming! Who’d’ve thunk??

    • Thank you, Naomi!! I can’t tell you how great it feels to have finally done something with it! Have a great Friday! XOXO

  27. Jacki Gherardi says

    OMGoodness, how stinkin cute is that? Your talents never cease! ❤️❤️❤️
    Thanks for sharing your journey with us…

  28. I love what you did with this chair! The stencils give it so much charm.

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