Monday, April 2, 2018

Why You Should Never Buy Chairs From a Store Again

I fell hard for these gorgeous chairs. The mid century shape had me beeline toward them at a garage sale. I hate making the first offer, but I could tell they wanted them gone. So I got all four for only $10!!! What a steal! I had big hopes for them, so my first step was to dust out the spiders (eek!!), remove the seat, and start sanding. 

Some of the chairs didn’t have all their screws to hold the seat on. Simply take the ones you have to a hardware store and ask them to pick out some that match.

Many also had a few “feet,” but some were worn down and others were missing. With the pliers, I pulled them off so that all of the chairs sat flatly on the floor.

After I got the smaller areas, I took my electric sander to the flat areas to smooth out the nicks. 

What a gorgeous taste of wood underneath all of that nastiness!!! I didn’t waste my time on the spots that would be covered up by the seat.  But certainly set the seat back on top to make sure all the spots you skipped are covered.

My next task was to decide what to do with the wood. My go-to has always been to stain and seal, which looks nice, but takes a long time (especially with all the nooks and crannies this piece has). So, I decided to go with something I'd never tried, but had seen on Money For Nothing (British T.V. shoutout!). The Danish Oil supposedly will seep into the wood and naturally cover blemishes and seal all at the same time. Sounds too good to be true!

I love how the wood turned out! Now to do something with those awful, torn up seats... I took my fabric and laid it out on the floor to find out I had way too much. 2 yards would have been plenty. 

I marked and cut the fabric, leaving some space to fold around the edges and staple. I also marked where the screw holes were since some of the chairs were different. When you go to staple the fabric, make sure you are careful to place the fabric so the pattern is the same direction for all of the seats.

Lastly, reattach the seats. Quick note: always mark which chairs go with which seats. I may have been smart enough to mark the holes, but it took me forever to match the seats with the chairs. Handmade chairs aren’t always the same, so it’s important to make sure you aren’t busy playing Tetris when you want to be finished! And finally........
What a fun before and after! I had a blast breathing life back into these chairs. Now it’s your turn! Don’t throw away your grandma’s ugly dining chairs! Don’t walk past that chair with the ripped cushion! Show them some love and give them a new purpose! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!


  1. I can see why you snapped these up, gorgeous chairs and an AMAZING price!

    1. Sometimes, you just can't say no! I found another amazing set yesterday for only $10! Thanks for commenting!


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