Hello lovelies, and welcome to Furniture Fixer Upper Day!! I have a super easy chair makeover to share with you. Sometimes less is more, and that is definitely the case today! My friends all have furniture makeovers for you today too, so be on the lookout for theirs at the bottom.
I only have one piece of furniture left in my current haul, and this is it:
When it came time to choose a piece of furniture for today, it was easy!
Y’all know I love cane anything, so when I spied this beauty at the thrift store for $20, I had to have it. Although, that is way more than I normally pay for a single chair.
Upon closer inspection, this one had a couple of things that needing fixing.
A piece was missing from the veneer inlay on the top, and the arm on the right was coming loose from the chair.
Normally, I would fix those first, but I decided to go ahead get started and deal with those later.
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Boy did this chair need a cleaning! It looks so clean already in the close up above, right?
This is why you should always clean your pieces:
Look at that water! To clean, I used White Lightning, which is a degreaser and a deglosser for the best paint prep possible.
It comes in a powder form that dissolves in warm water (Mix one TBSP with a half gallon of water).
Then, I swapped out my water for clean water and wiped down once more. Gloves are recommended.
I always spray prime cane before painting. This will prevent the paint from flaking away over time in those areas as the cane moves with use. For this chair, I gave the whole thing a spray of Rustoleum spray primer just to get a quick first coat on.
Once that was dry, I sanded all over with 220 Grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge.
I wanted some distressing on this one, but if you prefer not to distress, these sanding sponges will smooth out your paint without removing too much paint.
Fix boo boos
It was time to address the couple of issues with this chair. First, I fixed the loose arm:
To do this, I needed to drill a screw from the outside to secure the arm to the chair. Here’s how I did it:
- First, I used a small drill bit to drill a pilot hole for my screw so I wouldn’t split the wood.
- Then, I used a drill bit just a hair larger than the head of my screw and drill a super shallow hole so the head of my screw would end up below the surface.
- I screwed the screw in place
- Finally, I sealed the hole with Dixie Mud in white:
I let that dry for a couple of hours before sanding smooth and painting.
Boo boo #2
For boo boo #2 on the back of the chair, I pulled out my Clasic Vintage Labels Mini transfer set:
I dug through until I found one that I could cut apart to use on the back of the chair:
This simple rose swag was perfect to cover the blemish.
I like to cut my sponges on one side or even both for easier handling and application. This is so much easier than trying to brush sealer on this chair!
Here is how this super easy chair makeover turned out…
Such a simple makeover can make such a big difference!
I love to add all the things to my makeovers these days, but a simple paint job is all it takes sometimes.
That and one tiny embellishment lol!
You can’t even tell there was a blemish beneath where I added the transfer:
This chair was the perfect candidate for a classic shabby redo…
And that cane…I just love it!
Don’t forget my friends have makeovers for you today too!
Check out 10 more mini makeovers I redid with this Classic Vintage Labels transfer!
See them all HERE!
I am one piece closer to finishing this bunch!
See anything you may have missed or revisit your favorites below:
Painting the Smalls #24 (Six mini makeovers!)
We’re spending Thanksgiving with my husband’s family this year. However you celebrate, I want you to know how truly THANKFUL I am for each and every one of you EVERY day!
I won’t be here on Thursday due to the holiday, but I’ll be back on Thursday with this fun group of smalls for the holidays:
UPDATE: See this fun bunch HERE now!
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