My blog will be taking a different direction these next few weeks/ months as we our buying our first house and have very little furniture. We're currently making/ refinishing pieces I'll be sharing because I'm excited about them, and then when we move, we have home improvement/ decor ideas to share too.So I found this chair for $3.00. It's a vintage chair from the seller's grandma's cabin they were cleaning out.
So we go from $3.00 piece of junk--peeling paint, gross puke colored stained vinyl, to
This chair had 2 layers of paint, so I actually stripped it twice.
After you've scraped as much paint off as you can, you really need to clean the chemical stipper off the wood.
The 2nd round it started snowing all the sudden...life in the Rockies.
On these stools, I didn't quite get it off and it really changed the color of the paint. With the white paint, it put pink streaks in it.
So this time I made sure to get it off.
I filled a cool whip container with 1 to 1.5 cups of mineral spirits (paint thinner would work too). Using a Scotch Brite scrubber pad and a grout brush, I scrubbed down the wood to get the stripper off, and also to remove dried little flecks of paint still hanging on.
Next I painted the frame with a primer.
Obviously things change depending on the particular piece of furniture you're upholstering, I just included all the steps to give an idea, I imagine a lot of similar pieces would need to be recovered the same way.
But I think upholstery is easier than I always thought. This was a good piece of furniture to start on because the cushions came off so easily. A wingback chair is a totally different matter.
This chair was a warm up to my next upholstery adventure, 2 of these chairs that were $5.00 each. This will be an actual re-upholstery job rather than this green chair which was kind of in between just recovered a seat cushion and actual re-upholstery in my mind. This was the actual craigslist photo: