make this: gilded chair makeover

Grab your sand paper, staple guns, and spray paint because it’s makeover time!!! Don’t run away screaming though; we’re talking about a furniture makeover! (Unless you use sandpaper in your beauty routine, then more power to you.) But, today we’re going gold.

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My obsession with gold is pretty new. For a long time I was against almost all shades of the metallic hue, but now, I can’t get enough of it. From brassy to champagne, it looks amazing in pretty much any space.

A few years ago, I picked up this fun chair from a thrift store for five dollars. It had such an awesome shape that I couldn’t resist. And, because I was still new at the whole furniture makeover concept, I decided to go crazy. I painted it purple and recovered the cushion in this fun, bold yellow fabric. It was a really fun addition to our previous apartment, but in 816 (our new place), we’ve toned down the decor just a bit. So, for the cost of two cans of metallic spray paint and a yard of fabric, we made over this crazy chair into a fabulous place to park it.

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But enough stalling! No makeover story is complete with mid-transformation montage (a la every 90’s teen rom-com ever!) So, here’s what we did!gilded-chair-makeover-before (5)

The first step is pretty much any furniture makeover, is sanding and primer. I found this awesome paint stripping sand paper and gave the chair a good scuffing (no dirty jokes here, please!). Then, after wiping it down with a wet cloth and letting it air dry, we moved on to priming.

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Then, after wiping it down with a wet cloth and letting it air dry, we moved on to priming. Another benefit to priming when you’re going metallic is that it gives you a white base to build on. If I had just sprayed the gold over the purple, I probably would’ve ended up with a less vibrant gold or I would have had to do more coats. Just remember, white base = best!

I used Krylon’s metallic gold spray paint and it worked fantastically. Truth be told, one can would have done it, but I broke the seal on the second can for good measure. I’ve got a lot left, but what girl doesn’t want more metallic gold spray paint on hand? You know, for emergencies.

While the chair cured outside on our patio for several hours, I turned my attention to the cushion. No pictures here, because it was that easy, I removed the yellow fabric, and stapled the ikat fabric to the cushion. No piping or batting needed here! I would recommend going with a thicker fabric (mine is a duck fabric which is kind of like canvas). It tends to hold its shape and you can pull it very taught without distorting the pattern much.

And, here she is.

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The blue fabric is such a perfect compliment to the gold, right? And I can’t help but show a photo of the back of the chair. The shape is so pretty and I just love it!

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We’re moving along on my goal to get this apartment whipped into shape, and this lovely gal fits right in!

What are your thoughts on furniture makeovers? Worth the extra work or not? Do you have a favorite on of your own? Share below!

{I linked up at Home Stories A to Z!}

10 Comments on "make this: gilded chair makeover"

  1. Julia says:

    I haven’t had a chance to do any real furniture makeovers, but they’re high on my list of projects I want to find a reason to do :). The gold on your chair is great, but I especially love that blue ikat with the gold. Gorgeous!

  2. Liz G. says:

    What a great find, and a perfect makeover! Love it

  3. Gorgeous! What a classy transformation!

  4. oooo la la. I love it! Great transformation. I’ve always been a “gold” fan. So happy to see it more again.

  5. Carissa says:

    i loove it. especially representing VB too:)

  6. nalleshouse says:

    The chair looks SO nice. I really like the ikat fabric with the gold. Great job!

  7. Shay Lyn says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous.. I’m going to try it! Hope I have your same luck finding a great chair!

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