Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sitting Pretty - Revisiting A Chair Makeover

What a wonderful luxury to have enough room in a bath for seating! While working on this Master Bath Redesign I gave two chairs, which originally belonged to my grandmother, a makeover with the look of the bath in mind.

Initially I had intended to paint the chairs ivory, but once into the project I decided to instead apply a finish that resembles the oil rubbed bronze bath fixtures in the room. I have to say I can't believe how well this turned out, indeed looking very similar to the hardware finish! Then the absolutely delightful Thomas Paul print, found at Calico Corners, brings an unexpected pattern into the room.

Below are photos showing the before chairs, their transformation and a run down of the steps taken which gave them a big dose of style. Finally, a look at the results sitting pretty in the room.


1) Seat cushions and fabric are removed.

2) The chair frames are lightly sanded to remove the old finish and prep the wood for primer.


3) Rust-Oleum's Ultra Cover Primer is applied.


4) The frames are painted with Rust-Oleum's Satin Espresso.


5) Three layers of color are then wiped over the frame to achieve the final finish, meant to look similar to the oil rubbed bronze fixtures . First platinum metallic paint, then a lighter brown paint and finally the gold metallic paint. I keep experimenting until the desired effect was achieved.






6) The cushions are wrapped with a new thick lining which is attached with staples.

7) The new fabric is cut and placed on the cushion, making sure the pattern is positioned identically on each cushion.


8) The fabric is stapled down, starting at the center of each side and working towards the corners, pulling the fabric slightly for a polished result.


9) The cushions are attached with screws to the chair frames.

10) DONE...it's a love affair. Every time I walk into this room the sight of these chairs make me just smile.









These chairs are attending the Furniture Friday Party at Miss Mustard Seed!
Furniture Feature Fridays

53 comments :

  1. Janell, I love the new look. I am so drawn to black and white lately. They really do look so luscious in the bathroom!

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  2. Very nice fabric! It goes perfectly with the shape of the chair.

    Kelly

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  3. I love it! I love the fabric you chose! I love the paint! I love that you have seating in the bathroom! Great job.

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  4. The chairs look fabulous. I love the color you selected and the fabric is beautiful - I would be smiling every time I saw these too!

    Chelsea

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  5. Love the black and white fabric that you have chosen for the chairs, I love the look you have achieved....they look great

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  6. I love the paint treatment! It fits in your bathroom so well. That pillow WOULD go great on this chair!

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  7. These makeovers just make my heart go pitter patter! They are just lovely! Thanks for taking time to photograph and share and inspire us all for our next makeover!

    When visiting my post, be sure to click on the "Follow" button if you like what you see. This way we can share one anothers creativity!

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  8. The chairs look lovely. You did a fantastic job redoing them.

    Willow

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  9. the chairs look really beautiful, great job

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  10. Great job, masterfully done. Somehow, from earlier posts, I thought this was a client's bathroom, but you said "everytime I walk into this room..." Is this your house, or do you just happen to visit this client often? Just wondering? :) - L in Michigan

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  11. Great job, Janell! I love the fabric AND the paint treatment (and the fact that you can have two of them in your bathroom!) Have a good day...

    pk @ Room Remix

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  12. 'L' in Michigan asks a great question! When I was originally posting about this redesign, about a year ago, I had just begun to post on a more regular basis and was not completely comfortable with it all! So talked about projects is a less personal way, focusing on the work instead.
    Have a great one! Janell

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  13. Great makeover- I love little chairs like that-
    you did a wonderful job.-

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  14. love the chairs! Now if I can just find one for my "office"!!!

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  15. Hi, I love your re-design of the chair... the fabric is wonderful.
    Also! you did the full job of redoing the seat! bravo!
    With Kindness,
    Mary

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  16. Okay...I am jealous on two counts:0
    1) cute chairs!
    2) you can fit chairs in your bathroom?!

    They look great!
    Tamera@doubledelight

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  17. I love the shape of the chair and the fabric you chose. It looks great!

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  18. Such a fantastic makeover- I love the new paint job and the fabric is beautiful!

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  19. You are doing such a great job!
    -Sylvi

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  20. i love the fabric! the chair looks great! I am thinking of doing my dining room chairs..only i am thinking paint! i have been so busy doing my annual harvest party and this weekend it came and went..so im inspired to do my chairs after seeing yours! come by and check things out...would love to have ya!Stephanie

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  21. I was looking at your bathroom last night--you did such a good job! I love the shades in the windows. How did you apply the 3 top coats--with a brush, sponge, or cloth? I haven't been able to figure it out.

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  22. Also, I left you a note on my blog after your comment. Thanks for reading!

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  23. You picked a great fabric! It's one of my favorite! I love it all!

    I was so excited to spot the satin finish spraypaint the last time I was at the store! I love the way it comes out and the finishing technique did looks fab!

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  24. Your re-do looks absolutely professional! I'm going to save this post and follow your directions to refinish my kitchen chairs...I've been wondering what to do with them, and I think this will be perfect!

    God bless,
    Mary

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  25. Oh those turned out great, love your choice of fabric!!
    Linda Q

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  26. Hello, Janell,
    I love the shape of these chairs and the print you chose to go on them! A wonderful cottage transformation! Have a beautiful week! Vicki

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  27. Love the way this chair turned out! You definently have an eye for creativity and beautiful things! Love it!! Sorry it has taken me so long to get over here and visit. We have been through our move and illness...finally back to the real world! I thought of you when I found my thrift chairs in the Good will...I am inspired by the way your chairs turned out! Can't wait to work on them...after we transform our new home. lol. Have a great week!

    Hugs friend,
    ~Victoria~

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  28. Love them! Wish I had room for a chair in my bathroom. Wish there was room for ME in my bathroom :o)
    peace.

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  29. the chairs look great...what a brilliant makeover!!!

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  30. Ciao, Janell! You did a very professional job on your chairs--and of course, I love the graphic Thomas Paul fabric from Calico Corners on the chairs! The combination of a contemporary fabric on a classic frame is a wonderful way to update furniture.
    Best,
    Jan

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  31. Wonderful! I love the tones in oil rubbed bronze.

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  32. I really like how you show the color of the faucet and the chair color - They go together so well. Definitely a great job - thanks for presenting this in such an easy to follow sequence....

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  33. Beautiful! I love the bronze color and the fabric is gorgeous.

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  34. oh wow! Great transformation!! I have a few of my grandmother's chairs I need to redo.. great inspiration!

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  35. I'm so impressed with the finish on those chairs -- it's absolutely perfect! I've got oil rubbed bronze fixtures in all my bathrooms and may have to try this on a small stool I've got stowed in the garage awaiting inspiration.

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  36. So pretty! And I love that they were your grandmothers. I love things that have a history. Beautiful!

    XOOX
    Jen

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  37. They turned out so beautiful. I love the fabric you chose.

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  38. What a wonderful job! I love the fabric you selected. I was going to attempt to reupholster my dining room chairs a few years ago. I chickened out or just got tired. My husband and I had just refinished the table, chairs, and china cabinet. We cried UNCLE! on the the upholstery. Cudos to you!

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  39. Your chair is beautiful! The paint came out so pretty.
    Ginger

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  40. I am pretty sure I can't get past the soaker tub envy to even see the chair...LUV the chair makeover and the fabric choice. Gorgeous.

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  41. Beautiful job! They are gorgeous now.

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  42. I adore that chair ! And very swoony fabric indeed. Is that a word? Swoony? It should be.

    Gorgeous job !

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  43. I'd love some of that fabric! It's so pretty. Great job on the chair.

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  44. I'm a little behind on my blog reading but wanted to say I'm here today and I love the new look. Oil rubbed bronze is so pretty (great technique) and I really love the fabric you chose. Great job!

    :)
    Roeshel

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  45. Those turned out so well! The color and fabric look very sophisticated and rich. Great choices. Thanks for linking up to FFF!

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  46. Just bought a house with bronze hardware throughout. I'm using your master bath as inspiration for my master bath! Will post about it when it's complete... but just found an adorable $35 chair at my local antique mall so the chair makeover will begin tomorrow! Just need to order the TP fabric! Thanks!

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