Old Dated Chairs get a Clean Modern Makeover


Oh! Yeah! I’m back to furniture makeovers and it feels. so. good. Since we started renovating my studio (aka painting) space and we had a very wet winter, I haven’t had space to tackle one of my favorite forms of DIY lately – the furniture flip. (Have you seen the new gallery of my projects I put together? You can see it here.)

Today, I’m sharing my old dated chairs and their clean modern makeover πŸ™‚ Here’s a big hint – it’s all part of the living room makeover/refresh I alluded to in this post. All will be revealed in the next couple weeks, I promise πŸ™‚ Just in case you’re wondering why my living room looks totally empty… ya, that’s why.. πŸ™‚

These chairs started out like this. I snagged them at the thrift store for $5 each. I LOVED the cane back, the curvy arms and the general small size. They are perfect for occasional seating when we have a house full of guests. We’ve actually had them for about two years and have been using them constantly. I just figured it was time for an update and refresh.

Faux Bois Chairs BEFORE

First thing, I removed the vinyl seat. They were just screwed on and much to my surprise, they were covering more cane! But it was damaged, so it makes sense as to why the vinyl was there to begin with.

I cleaned them up a bit with just some soap, water and a pot scrubber and slapped on two coats of glorious brilliant white chalk paint. I always underestimate the time it takes to paint chairs with a brush. So annoying. We got our hands on a paint sprayer over the winter and I cannot wait for the weather to turn so we can spray all the things πŸ™‚

Anyway – my best tips for painting chairs like this? Put it up high – I put mine on my craft trolley. And move your body around the chair rather than moving the chair as you paint. I always make sure I can walk clear around any chair I’m working on. It helps you see all the nooks and crannies and get in there with your brush.

As they were drying, I recovered the vinyl seat in this super modern and playful, grey and white faux bois fabric (Faux bois = Fake wood). I wanted something somewhat traditional, but with a modern flare and this jumped out at me. Some staples in the bottom of the seat and they were ready to be reassembled.Cane Backed Chairs makeover with paint and fabric Thrifted Chairs recovered with Faux Bois Fabric

After seeing them all fresh and fun, I cannot believe I waited so long to refresh these chairs! I did add a teeny bit of wax to the chair backs, but not too much – as it can cause the caning to warp and I didn’t want that.Β Cute Cane Back Chair Makeover Cane Back Chairs with White Chalk Paint and Faux Bois Fabric

Β These chairs will go back to their original position, flanking my china cabinet by the main stairwell of the house. I am so excited about the new things I’m bringing into this space. I truly sense that building our fauxdenza storage unit has helped me really see all the potential in this room.

Redo chairs with fabric and paint Cute Cane Back Chair Makeover

I have another teensy tiny furniture makeover to share with you this week… hopefully I can get it all spiffed up and photographed. Then, if I’m living right, I’ll be able to let you in on the whole room shortly after that. I love yard sale season. It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year πŸ˜‰

UPDATE! A few years later and I gave these chairs another POP OF COLOUR! Check out the second transformation and the Instagram Inspired Gallery Wall πŸ™‚

Here are some other flips you might like!Β 


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