Now he’s glad he bought them….

Remember these less than attractive chairs that my husband picked up this fall?



After being set aside for most of the winter, their make-overs are finally done.

After cleaning up the wood, I painted the chairs with DIY chalk paint made with Bamboo Leaves latex paint by Valspar.  I love making my own chalk paint because then you are not so limited to colors- you can make any color simply by mixing with latex paint of your choice.   We lightly sanded then and then sealed with a glossy poly to protect the wood and give then a nice shine.

Next came the icky rusty hardware.  The rust was removed soaking them overnight in vinegar and then I spray painted then a matte black.  This way I had nice hardware to use on my like-new chairs.

Finally came the seats.  These were a COMPLETE overhall- using the old warped based as a pattern, hubby cut new wood seats from some scrap lumber we had.  Then I added 2″ thick foam pads and re-covered them in a fun and funky fabric that I picked up from the remnant bin at Jo Anne’s.  Any budget hunters this is truly the way to get fabric if you don’t need a large amount.  I wait until Jo Anne’s has the upholstery fabric on sale, preferably a 50% off 60% off sale.  Then head to the remnant table where they take an additional 50% off the sale price.  For this project I used fabric that usually sells for $44.95/yd for about $10!!!!

Well now they are done and Wow, what a difference!


Schoolhouse Chairs

Schoolhouse Chairs


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