$5 Revamped Chair


Hi–I hope you had a great weekend!  We had very hot temperatures (for here) and I worked in the garden for hours on the weekend and we barbecued chicken and had Greek salad with it–my favorite summertime meal.


Today I want to share with you a chair project that I recently finished.  There is a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store near where we live, and on particular Sundays they offer fifty percent off everything in the store–my kinda sale!  My project chair was one I found at that sale, and I picked it up for only $5!  I needed a chair for our bedroom, so I thought this might work.  It was sturdy, but rather ugly–dark brown finish with a brown fake leather seat that was torn in a corner.  Actually, it wasn’t rather ugly, it was hideously ugly.


I guess I must have disliked it so much that I neglected to take a before picture of it, but trust me, it was ug-ly.


Here it is now:




Once I got the chair home, I took stock of my supplies, and realized I had everything I needed already on hand, so I was only out five dollars for this project!


This was a quicky spray paint project.  We unscrewed the seat from the chair frame first, and then I used Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-Base Primer in a spray form on the frame, after which I painted it with Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint in shade Gold Rush Metallic.  I gave it a coat or two of water-based satin-finish polyurethane when the paint dried.


Then I turned my attention to the chair seat, and recovering it.  I’ve had this piece of fabric for years, and was never quite sure what I should do with it.   I always thought it would work best in the bedroom.  This room is somewhat challenging to decorate due to the wallpaper:



The previous owners had put this wallpaper up.  In all honesty, I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to select this wallpaper myself, but after living with it for a while I decided that I really like it.  In doing a little investigating since we moved in here, I think it came from a store here in Portland, Oregon called Rejuvenation, which specializes in reproduction period lighting, and offers all types of period furniture as well as outdoor accessories, and apparently wallpaper.  (Several of the light fixtures and the mailbox for our home came from there, and they add a perfect vintage flair where they are used–that may have to be a post for another day!)  I love Rejuvenation’s salvage yard, and could spend hours there sifting through vintage rubble!  This is actually the lighter shade of wallpaper that this print came in, because it was also available in a more deeply hued version, if you can believe it!


There is a lot of color going on in that wallpaper, and finding patterns that work with the busy wallpaper is tricky.  I matched paint swatches for quite a while until I found some colors that I liked enough that I wanted to feature in furniture finishes in the bedroom.  Since gold is prominent in the wallpaper, and because I have already some gold accessories in the room, I decided to use a gold for the wood of the chair frame.  After playing around with the blue and green colors in the wallpaper, I happily discovered that my fabric was a good match!


Here is a closer look at the fabric:



I love these colors and patterns–it reminds me a little of William Morris wallpaper, as does our bedroom wallpaper, which fits in well with our Craftsman-style bungalow that was built in 1920.  It also reminds me of a chair a mermaid would use to get ready in the morning (because that’s the way my brain works . . .)


A nice, quick revamp for little money–hope you enjoyed it!



What decorating projects have you been up to lately?  What fabric have you had stored away just waiting for the perfect project?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!


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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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28 Responses to $5 Revamped Chair

  1. Susan says:

    Hi Athena,
    Your chair looks stunning and will complement your lamp shade beautifully.

  2. kat says:

    hi there…….thanks for stopping by my blog and the lovely comments on my little vintage re-do couch! love your blog and a master in the garden to boot! I always wanted to be able to call myself one! I always say I know just enough to get myself in trouble….lol looking for a place to follow you? love the chair and what a GREAT price!!!! don’t you just love that! I do too! :) have a good day…hugs kat =^.^=

  3. Becky says:

    Athena…Your fabric is beautiful with your wallpaper…I really like the pattern and colors of the wallpaper…Blessings, Becky

  4. Sandy says:

    I really like the fabric you used on the
    new chair.. I call it new because now it
    is! Great revamp..

  5. Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    You can’t beat a $5 chair…she has a great style about her. Thanks for sharing at my party this week.


  6. Kathy Moody says:

    Wow, your chair is amazing! I love the unique shape. Thanks for following, and so happy to follow you. :)

  7. Carolynn says:

    Hello Athena,
    Oh..I do believe a diamond in the rough can end up being a crown jewel! Your amazing redo is wonderful. Your new chair is so fashionable…so striking.
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I, too, love the challenge and fun of turning something old into something new and useful.
    Blessings, my friend,

  8. Angela says:

    Great chair! I love the shape and your update.

  9. FABBY says:

    Awesome chair, you did a great job with it! Very modern and a terrific conversational piece. Thank you for dropping by and leaving me such a wonderful comment. Enjoy the weekend.

  10. Kathy says:

    Love the transformation of this chair – the color and the fabric are fantastic – that is a very interesting wallpaper – makes one look closely at the detail – it would make a lovely print to be framed.
    I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  11. Donna Wilkes says:

    Came over from Charmer. When i first saw the picture I thought ocean waves, then i noticed they were flourishes. I was not disappointed at the mention of mermaids! I love that wallpaper and the chair is perfect!

  12. The chair has a lot of style and character to it. Love how it turned out, and the fabric is so pretty. The wall paper really is cool, when i first saw it I thought if was the fabric you picked out. I like the wallpaper and think the fabric will go really well with it! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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