Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Chair Revamp

Last year I bought two of these vintage chairs with the intention of giving them a makeover. As is usual with these things they have languished in the garage ever since. A couple of weeks ago, on a nice sunny day, I decided it was time to do something with them so I removed the seats & gave them a light sanding.

Instead of using traditional paint & paintbrush I thought I'd give spray painting a go - it's much quicker, particularly on chairs as there are so many different sides to paint, it also gives a much smoother, run-free finish & dries quickly, but it is pretty expensive as one can doesn't go far. I used plasti-kote products. First of all I gave them one coat of primer (also spray paint) & let that dry, then applied two coats of Antique White. As it dries so quickly you only need to leave about an hour between coats so the chairs were finished quite quickly. I did this job on the paving behind the garage as it's inevitable that you'll get some paint wafting around & I don't like to stand things on newspaper as it tends to stick.

I then sanded the edges lightly to give a slightly distressed finished, reupholstered the seats with a lovely blue linen fabric & here we have the completed product....what do you think?

I have a tired wicker ottoman which is next on my hit list....


  1. The chair looks lovely Jayne, a real transformation, and the fabric compliments it perfectly, very 30's. Is that a rather lovely wirework planter I spy in the background?
    Jo xx

  2. Wow! I love your chair, the fabric you have used is really nice.

  3. Lovely makeover Jayne! Really like the fabric you used. Great transformation all round.
    Isabelle x

  4. Love the chair - that would look so good in my kitchen :O) I have similar chairs painted white but I'm toying with the idea of painting them fuscia pink ... toying with the idea, not sure if I'm brave enough :O)

  5. That's gorgeous fabric. What a lovely transformation.

  6. Brilliant transformation Jayne...I have always painted chairs with a brush which takes ages, but now it looks like I could be sold on the idea of a quick finish with spray paint...will definitely give it a go!
    Julie x

  7. The chair is turned out really well and the fabric used on the seat is so pretty. Plasti-kote is briiliant isn't it? Like you, I'm lining up a few more projects to spray..so much easier than paint.

  8. Love what you have done to the chairs Jayne - the fabric is wonderful! x