My metal chair makeover happened after my husband saw this chair at the thrift store. I dragged him with me the other day so he could pick out a chair for the media/music room (especially since he will be the one sitting in it and playing his guitar). He liked the metal and looked past the stained seat and sticky metal. It was a solid chair and for $5 I knew I could spray paint it and recover the seat.
But there was a catch. Hubby did not want me to paint it. Recover it but not paint it. Ugh. I thought it was ugly but he liked it and so he asked for me just to clean it up and recover the seat. I said okay but he knew I would paint it- he was just testing me and deep down he knew I would. There is one thing you need to know about me- I will not paint beautiful wood but give me something beat up and metal (wood works too) and I will paint it and make it beautiful again.
It was a 50 degree winter day so I dragged the chair outside, took off the stained and smelly seat, and grabbed my bottle of Totally Awesome Cleaner (AS SEEN ON TV). I started cleaning and saw how chipped the chair was and the wooden piece on the back of the chair was ugly. I couldn’t take it. I had to paint it so I reached in my cabinet and grabbed my Rustoleum Hammered spray paint in black. The trick is to shake the can well and spray light coats always moving the can while spraying. I find shaking the can often especially with the Hammered keeps the flow more even and gives you a rest. My preferred spray paint is Rustoleum and this is from years of experience spray painting everything from garden trinkets to pieces of furniture. Note: Prep is important so make sure to clean and wipe down all pieces before you spray paint.
Next my chair makeover involved using some denim fabric from an old project tucked in my sewing room. I cleaned the cushion and spray painted the wood seat to seal in the stains. I learned a valuable lesson: do not use stretchable fabric. I did not stretch the fabric too much and found that I could not do the corners as neat as the original seat. That’s okay because the denim is masculine and my husband liked it. Sometimes you just do a project with what you have. Besides, if someone comes into my home and say “boy what a lousy job you did on that chair” will not be welcome again.
So what do you think of the metal chair makeover? I love creating, transforming, and completely changing an ugly piece to something beautiful and useful. It is in my DNA and something I love to share. Thank you for stopping by and if you ever have a question, ask it. Have a wonderful day!
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