blue chair makeover




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Remember this chair I found on Craigslist for $10 back in July?




I hauled her out back, pulled out my chemicals to give her a thorough cleaning and vacumming before bringing her inside.
july 2010 0040 1 and then painted the wood heirloom white. I used liquid sandpaper to prepare the wood for painting, then used a brush and then kids’ small paintbrushes to get the curves. Then, I just sanded the edges and made it look worn so when my kids continue to beat it up, it all looks like it’s meant to be. No re-upholstering here~I bought it because I actually liked the fabric, it’s durable, and it’s super comfortable. The living room is coming together! Gotta love what $10 and some paint can get you….
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20 comments:

  1. i think it looks great and super comfortable!!!!
    i belong to a local recycling group and am always stressing the importance of trying to reuse ( jazz things up) with order furniture.. i like the fact that you left the fabric and just did the wood. :)

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  2. i meant "older furniture" not order... lol

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  3. I would of done the same thing! I love the fabric and so why reinvent the wheel right? The price is right too! Looks very comfy.

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  4. I love it... quick question, what type of paint did you use? I just purchased a solid wood antique dresser that is painted an off white color, it looks dingy. I want to paint it a brighter white and do the same thing you did with sandpaper. Did you use a flat, or semi gloss? What grit sandpaper did you use? Thanks for your response.

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  5. Oh, she's so pretty! Great find!

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  6. Get out!! You get the award for best piece of furniture for $10 and under, ever! Love the finish of the frame and aren't you lucky the fabric was just right as it was...after cleaning that is! Janell

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  7. What complete and utter bargain.

    I love the button back and you've just brought it alive with the paint (oh,and DEFINITELY the cleaning!!).

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  8. Isn't it amazing the change just from the paint? You didn't NEED to reupholster... It looks amazing! I wish you'd go share it at my "Little Distressed" linky party.

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  9. Wow! No way! It looks stunning with the white paint and blue fabric! Love it!
    Sandra

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  10. Such a great deal! She looks fabulous and I'm sure she looks amazing in your room.

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  11. Great job!!! She's so cute now. ;) I have a question that echoes Cyndee's. I just bought a buffet/credenza thingie at Salvation Army and was wondering if the liquid sandpaper would work with it. I want to paint it white....

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  12. Amazing!! I can't believe how different the chair looks with just the little paint that shows. :)

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  13. The liquid sandpaper takes off the shiny finish and prepares it for painting. If it's just stained, you should be fine using liquid sandpaper, primer, then paint. I used rustoleum heirloom white (satin finish), found in quart cans next to the spray paint at Home Depot. For the distressing, I just grab a piece of medium grit, tear of little squares and go to town! Good luck~

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  14. I love this chair and what a little white paint did for it! It would look fabulous in my French Insprired (lots of white and blue home). I love your blog! Check out my blog at Outrebeautybistro.blogspot.com Or Outrebeautybistro.etsy.com I am joining your blog right now! XO Heidi

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  15. Painting and distressing things is one of my favorite hobbies now. I mean, really. Could it be more fun?

    I just love your chair! I can't believe you found it for $10. . . you should get an award!

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  16. This is great to read about, I have almost the exact same chair {with an ottoman} that I want to paint white as you did.

    Thanks for the tips, I'll be sure to look for the liquid sandpaper at HD.

    It looks great!

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  17. What a steal, great job! I love how the white paint actually made the blue fabric look a little different--like more robin's egg blue than country blue. Isn't it funny what a little white paint can do?!

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  18. What cleaning chemicals did you use....I have a similar project.  Thanks  L

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  19. What a beautiful chair transformation! You did a good job painting the wood edges white to make it look updated. The chair looks comfortable indeed, she's a beauty for $10!

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  20. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 4:24 PM

    Oh goodness, I don't remember. Probably some Mrs. Meyers, a scrub brush, and
    some Lysol? Hope it gets you started in the right direction :)

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