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Craftista: My Yard Sale Chair Turned Chic

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I hope everyone enjoyed seeing my nautical outdoor tablescape and my DIY doily accent wall inside the pages of Redbook. Today I am excited to share my latest creation as Redbook magazine’s resident home/DIY expert. When I first found this chair at a yard sale, it didn’t look like much. And that’s putting it nicely… But beneath the shabby old seat cushion and tattered frame I saw a garage sale gem that just needed a little craftista love. Here’s the how-to that I shared with Redbook:

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Yard sales are full of unloved dining room chairs from the ’60s and ’70s. It’s amazing how a coat of paint and a fresh fabric can revive one. I paid 15 bucks for this cane-detail chair with the grand plan to reupholster its cushion—something I’d never done before. It was so easy; I can’t wait to do it again.

You can do this!

1. Lose that ratty seat. Turn the chair over and you’ll see upholstery nails (they look like jumbo tacks) or staples holding the seat cover on; tear them out with a flat-head screwdriver and needle-nose pliers. Now, rip that ugly fabric right off! If the wooden base your cushion sits on is screwed onto the frame (many aren’t and just rest on top), remove those screws. At this point, you should be able to pop the base right off the frame of the chair. (You might be able to take the base off before removing the fabric if your fabric doesn’t go over the chair legs, like mine did.) Tightly wrap new fabric over the cushion, leaving about two inches extra on the underside. Use a staple gun to secure the material.

2. Fix up your frame. Lightly sand the chair with fine-grain sandpaper to remove the most obvious scratches. Apply a coat of primer, let it dry (it takes about 10 minutes), then coat the chair with spray paint in a color you like. The guy at Home Depot told me that gray primer is better than white when using bold colors.

3. Bring it all together. Pop your covered seat back into the (dry) newly painted frame, rescrewing if necessary.

Are you going to try my yard sale chair makeover?

Let me know in the comments. And keep reading Redbook for even more of my crafty creations.

Love,
T

Photo: David Tsay/Redbook

  • Tiff

    Umm.. WOW WOW WOW! I was thinking, there is no help for that chair! And it’s gorgeous! Love it!!!

  • Stephen

    Gorgeousness gurl! LOVE it so much sistah!

  • Jenn Gehl

    These are exactly what my old dining room has right now. Ugly brown wood with flattened gold fabric. It was my grandma’s and I just couldn’t part with it but it isn’t my style at all. Totally going to try this!

  • jenwarz

    Love it! I was apprehensive until I saw the “after” picture :) Makes a very elegant, chic little sitting area

  • momtothebestboys

    Super cute!!!! I will totally try this.

  • marion gandon

    amazing !!! I look forward to try this!

  • grande.rouquine

    J’ai fait exactement la m

  • setincali

    Dang Tori that came out soooo cute. I might hit up a couple of used furniture stores and yard sales this weekend. And I love the fabric that you chose! I am so gonna try this.

  • Becky Burnett

    I am sp inspired by this I have already started looking for a chair. We are just about to move into a new home and I want to really make it our own. Pieces like this are just the way to achieve it. Tank you so much for the inspiration. My husband and I are huge fans of yourself and Dean, I have also turned my mom to you for some ideas….we bought this new home so that she could move in with us as she is recovering from a seperation from my dad and needs to be near family. You ideas will be ideal for setting up her new suite!

  • hope brown

    SIT ON IT!!!!

  • Lory Ann @OurMasonsJar

    Very pretty! I definitely want to try this! Will be a cute chair to mix & match with the vanity in my powder room!

    Thanks Tori for this happy little place for Inspiration!
    xoXoxo

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  • Lily M

    It’s very pretty! I did something similar last years. I would like to do it again.

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  • Myeleah

    I love finding a bargain and bringing it home to make it my own! You can have one of a kind pieces cheaply plus I find it therapeutic and relaxing! Beautiful job, Tori!

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  • Andie Pattison

    Oh my gosh!!! I am so not normally a garbage picker….but I just stopped yesterday because someone had this very chair in the trash! The only thing wrong with it is the fabric on the seat is tore…….I knew I would find something I could do with it! Thanks a million for the idea!!!