Makeover an old, beat-up chair into a gorgeous modern piece of home decor. (stencils provided)
I recently moved, and with the move inherited a lot of old furniture. This Windsor style chair belong to my mother in college (it had an emblem lightly marked for her school) My grandparents kept the chair and used it as a knock-around office chair, their dog, Honey, had chewed the lower prongs and the front bar had been either chewed or sawed off. To say the least, the chair was borderline dumpster worthy. It had seen a long life of about 30 years, and I really wanted to give this chair one last shot! To make is even more personal, I designed these stencils based off a Vintage Scarf Pattern, that belongs to my Grandmother
First: Repairing the Chair
1. To fix the broken front bar, I sawed off the remaining little bits, and sanded it down as smooth as I could.
2. To repair the dog bites I used drywall plaster and a plaster knife to fill in the holes and missing parts. Some were really deep or big parts missing, so this needed two times over with the plaster (drying at least 4 hours in between)
3. Lightly sand off the varnish to give a little more grip to the paint.
Use a black spray paint to give the whole chair a solid base coat. This took me 3 coats of spray paint, and a 4th flipping the chair over the get the little bottom bits. Once the black paint is dry, tape off the edges for the white paint. (take your time taping… it will save you a lot more work in the end fixing the edges) It took about 4 coats of white paint to give it the solid enamel look. Wait until the paint is FULLY dry to remove the paint.
Download the stencils here (for free!):3 Peppers – Floral Stencil Download
There are three .pdf documents with the various floral arrangements. Print the stencil files on cardstock paper then cut them out. Arrange one by one on the chair, taping down the different pieces and tracing the stencils in pencil on the chair. You can re-use these stencils later for matching wall art!
Paint in your stencil outlines using an acrylic paint and a very small tip brush. I find that combo gives the best results for a lot of detail. Use the same acrylic to touch up the edges of the blocking. No matter how great of a tape-er you are, the lines will never be perfect.
Let all your detailing work dry. Then spray with a high varnish lacquer. Here’s the finished product of my floral chair makeover turned out.