Friday, September 3, 2010

Thrift Store Chair Makeover


When I started working on my craft room, I knew I needed a cute chair for my sewing desk. I got really sick of rolling my computer chair back and forth every time I wanted to sew. So I found this cute wood chair at Salvation Army for $3 and I knew I could fix it up!

As you can see, it was all scratched, had stains and paint all over it, and just needed some TLC.

I started out by sanding it with a fine grit paper.

Then I used a tack cloth to clean up all the dust. Do you know how much I HATE tack cloth? That stuff is gross and it feels so weird to get all over your hands. I had no idea what I was in for when Hubby suggested I use it.

Then I did a second sanding and cleaned everything with tack cloth again.

I decided to use a polyurethane spray to keep the original wood color, but just add a clean gloss. I sprayed the chair outside and let it dry according to the directions.

There were a few rough patches on the seat of the chair, so I went back with a very fine grit sandpaper and sanded again. This made a HUGE difference and the whole chair was smooth. Then I sprayed one more time and let it dry.

And here's my finished chair! I was so shocked that it matched my sewing desk perfectly!
I love it!
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  1. great job on the chair!

    thanks for checking out my blog!

  2. Totally loving this! It looks so comfy!! Thank you oh so much for linking up this sweet creation at the FABULOUS FRIDAY FINDS party today!! I hope your weekend is wonderful!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  3. It looks SO good, Lisa! I LOVE that chair pad, too! VERY CUTE! :)

  4. Great job! The seat looks so comfy as well!

    I'd love it if you would link up to my Friday link party! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. I just left a message but deleted it because I had my last viewing on the mind:) I love how you cleaned up that chair and added a simple chair pad. Really cuted it up!

  7. Heyy!! Just swinging by from New Friend Fridays!! <3 the chair!

  8. I love the transformation. I love inexpensive finds that turn out great! I also love the cushion. Super comfy!

  9. The chair looks great and that cushion looks so cushy....the pair look like a great place to sit and get your creative on! :> Thanks for stopping by & saying 'hello' tonight...glad I was able to click my way back to you! :>

  10. That turned out great. I love to be able to spend so little and then have something turn out so perfect. Greatjob and you are right, it matches perfectly!

  11. This transformation was great! I'm about to be creating my first craft space now that we have some more room in our new place, and will definitely be following in your footsteps with a resale chair (and maybe desk!) makeover!

  12. I love finding good deals on things! The chair looks great, especially for $3!

  13. O, it looks really great. You did a great job.

  14. good job on the chair, it looks fabulous! Hey, I just wanted to let you know you won the pizza give-a-way on my blog. e-mail me your mailing address and I will get your prize in the mail to you. eizinger2002(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. Great job! It's amazing how well it matches. It makes the job so much easier when you don't have to glue it all back together. What a deal you got:-)

  16. hi lisa-- this is darling... hope you link it up to A Crafty Soiree tomorrow (-:

  17. I saw this the other day but forgot to comment on it. DUH! It looks AWESOME! Love it!

  18. Great makeover! I love thrift store fix-ups!

    Thanks for linking up last week for Friday Favorites!

  19. A good chair is a must for sucessful crafting and your makeover was a great way to fix up a cheapy find. It looks like a million bucks now and was worth all the elbow grease! Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree!

  20. Hi Lisa, Great job. I have never heard of tack cloth. I think it's nice you kept the original color... it's a great color! Thanks for linking up to A Crafty Soiree!

  21. Great job! That cushion looks so nice and cushey! I would sit there for hours :) Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again next week :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions


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