Welcome back to another edition of DIY Themed Furniture Makeover Day! If you’re new around here, each month we get together with a group of talented furniture painters, and each create a project based on the same theme. This month our theme is “neutrals”, and as always, it’s open to interpretation by the participants.
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I have to tell you we struggled this month. And I know what you’re thinking, how in the world do you struggle with something as broad as “neutral”?! But it wasn’t the theme we struggled with. It was this chair. This chair that we found at the thrift store and thought, oh, we don’t ever makeover chairs or do upholstery. Let’s makeover this chair! That’ll be fun!
Oh, how wrong we were. This chair was not fun. This chair was the opposite of fun. The truth is we probably should have bailed on the chair weeks ago and picked a different piece of furniture for this project. But we like to make things difficult and un-fun for ourselves, so stick with the chair we did.
Want to meet the chair? Behold. Here she is fresh out of the thrift store.
She looks innocent enough, doesn’t she? I won’t bore you with all the details, but this chair rebelled against every attempt at a makeover, and she’s currently wearing her third or fourth paint color. I lost count of the number of fabrics we tried.
My mom finally took the reins and painted it with Annie Sloan’s graphite chalk paint. We sealed it with GF water based sealer, replaced the cushions, and reupholstered it with fabric from JoAnn’s. If you do occasional upholstering, an inexpensive electric staple gun like this one really comes in handy.
Have you ever worked with a piece that just didn’t want to follow the plan? What do you do when that happens?
Ready to see what the other girls did with “neutral” projects? Check them out below, and if you want to see the full tutorials just click the photos.
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