Magazine article Sunset

How to Transform a Chair

Magazine article Sunset

How to Transform a Chair

Article excerpt

Seven steps to a fresh new look for tired furniture

TURN A DRAB thrift-store chair into a stylish accent for any room in your home. AU it takes is some paint, fabric, basic supplies, and a free weekend. To start, choose a chair with no missing screws or loose legs; it should have interesting features or frame detail.

For a slightly more ambitious project, turn two or more chairs into an eclectic set. Look for designs that have a wooden frame and an upholstered seat and unify them with the same color and fabric.

INFO Benjamin Moore Exotic Red matte finish 2086-10 ( for stores); fabric similar to pictured Lakeside Ticking Stripe available from Jo-Ann (www. for stores). More resources: See page 154.

Materials and directions


Sanding sponge

Tack cloth or rag

Small paint roller

2-in. paintbrush




Chalk or pencil


Staple gun

STEP 1 Unscrew the seat from your chair frame with a screwdriver. Set seat and screws aside.

STEP 2 Sand the frame. Use tack cloth or a damp rag to wipe up the dust.

STEP 3 Use a small paint roller to cover frame with primer, then follow with the 2-in. paintbrush to fill in joints. …

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