Dear friends, welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! It’s trash-to-treasure day around here every day pretty much, but my favorite is when I get to do it with some of my favorite fellow treasure makers! Be sure to look for their projects at the bottom!
My project isn’t super trashy, actually, or even trashy at all, but it is a good makeover!
I don’t often shop at the antique mall where my booth is because although there are some amazing finds in there, they are usually way above my cheap-skate price-range.
However, one day earlier this year, I was leaving when I stopped in at a new booth near the entrance that had this set of chairs for sale:
When I looked at the tag, I had to do a double-take. They were marked $60 for the pair. That is really cheap for our mall, and I scooped them up right away!
I was still working through my last haul, so they’ve been hanging out in our garage for several months.
So although I probably have more “trashy” things I could be sharing today, I was just really excited to finally get the chance to redo these.
To begin this makeover, I first removed the chair seats by removing the four screws on the bottom that held them in place:
To prep all my pieces, I start with a good cleaning. I used to use Lysol-type wipes for everything, but when the wipe shortage hit mid-pandemic, I finally stepped outside my comfy box and tried White Lightning.
I mix one TBSP of White Lightning with half a gallon of warm water, and and I’m ready to go!
As you can see, these chairs really needed a thorough cleaning.
Here is the water before dumping it…
Yikes! I would have gone through many wipes trying to get these chairs clean. I then swapped out the water for clean water and did another wipe-down to rinse. Be sure to wear gloves as this cleaner is a degreaser and a deglosser. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Prepping for Silk
I quickly realized that what I thought was an in-tact, sealed surface, was actually flaking right off. Once I had the chair sanded, I used my shop vac and brush attachment to remove the dust:
(A picture of me vacuuming…does it get any more exciting than this??)
I wiped down the surface with a clean soft cloth when I was done vacuuming to remove any residual dust and I was ready for paint!
Now for the fun part! I did not sand the caned areas of the chairs but started with a coat of Rustoleum spray primer on those areas:
Sanding the cane can damage it, and going straight to paint will result in it flaking off in the future, so I always prep cane with a little spray primer.
Then I gave both chairs a coat of Silk in Saltwater, including the caned areas:
Silk is not quite as white as Whitecap, but it is a soft, lovely white.
I ended up getting bleed-through in a few areas where the original sealer had flaked away as I was sanding:
Silk is supposed to have one coat of BOSS-like primer built in, so I waited overnight as I would with BOSS and tested an area with a second coat of Silk. I still got slight bleed-through.
It may have done fine had I painted and waited another several hours before painting a third coat, but it was really humid here this weekend, and time was not on my side, so I just reached for my tried and true BOSS in white.
I gave everything one coat of white BOSS and allowed it to dry overnight. AMPLE DRY TIME is key to the success of BOSS.
I gave the chairs one more coat of Silk the next day and I was good to go.
The biggest benefit of Silk is that it has the equivalent of one coat of sealer in it that dries to an eggshell sheen, so I was done! If you want a shinier finish or more protection, you can add additional sealer if you like, but I felt like this was plenty for these chairs!
You can read more about the differences between Chalk paint and Silk paint HERE.
The seat cushions
The seat cushions were already one of my favorite colors, but they weren’t the cleanest…very dusty!
If the existing fabric is in tact (not dry-rotting or three layers deep) I will usually just cover right over it. So, for these, I just needed to remove the piping first which I was able to pull right off.
Then I vacuumed the the cushions to clean them as much as possible before recovering.
I cut my fabric, positioned the cushion on it, and started stapling!
If you want to see how to cover a cushion all the way down to replacing the foam, check out THIS POST.
And here is the finished job:
It’s not that pretty, but it works! I use a cheapo light duty staple gun.
The finishing touch on recovering chairs is the piping!
I started by cutting my fabric using my rotary cutter set:
Then I just sewed it up…I reused the old piping for this, but cotton clothesline from Walmart works too!
DON’T RUN! Anyone can do it whether you sew or not. See more on how HERE.
I attached the new piping to the edges of the seat cushions using hot glue and then reattached the cushions to the seats with the original screws.
Here is how this pretty pair looks now!
So bright and fresh!
They are right up my alley with the new ticking covered seat cushions!
Here you can see the piping more…it just adds such a nice finishing detail to the chairs:
You can see in that photo also that I did not distress these chairs. That is why I went with the Silk. I wanted a clean, crisp look!
Remember this table I painted?
It used to be my bedside table before I painted our bedroom furniture. Then it was relocated to my office and got a new paint job in this gorgeous metallic, Steel Magnolia. You can see more of that makeover HERE.
And I was finally able to cut the hydrangea blooms off my hubby’s grandmother’s hydrangea bush that we brought over from our old house!
These are all from the same bush, and I love the variety of colors!
This set is so charming now…
I’m always drawn to cane and that is what really attracted me to these chairs, and I just love how it looks painted white!
Of course, I love how pretty much everything looks painted white, but ya’ll already knew that!
Thursday’s project is NOT white, I promise!
I am so excited to have finally gotten the chance to redo these beauties!
Don’t forget my talented friends have even more makeover inspiration for you today!!
And I get to cross off another project yay!!
I still have a ton of awesome pieces left to play with!
See any you might have missed at the links below:
I’ll be back on Thursday with what has been dubbed the mustache mirror since one of my dear readers pointed out that the top looks like it has a mustache. I now cannot unsee it ha ha!
UPDATE: See how this mirror went from mustache man to Miss Elegance HERE now!
Hope to see ya’ll then!
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