It was in this situation that Sarah Greenman turned out to be, and being a creative person – she is a successful writer, actress, photographer and artist – found a quick and effective way of transforming old dining chairs into a vintage decoration of her dining room.
She needed several spray cans, a piece of cloth with a modern pattern and a handful of tea bags. This is how she describes the process of transformation.
Prehistory of the Project
Having bought a ranch in Texas with my husband, we became owners of a canteen, the whole situation of which remained from the previous owners. It was not our style, but a strong and comfortable dining set was one of those that fall in love once and for all life. Having lived with a second-hand table and chairs for three years, I was resolutely prepared for their low-budget reconstruction. That’s how I made good old chairs boldly brave in one weekend.
For work it was required:
- Time: 4 hours plus time to dry the paint.
- Difficulty: Moderate.
- Price: 65 $ (~ 2000 rub.), If already there is a main tool and a screwdriver.
The dining-room walls are painted in a dark gray color under the name Cracked Pepper and we knew that the red chairs would look cool against the dark walls.
BEFORE: Here is an old chair with a blue brocade upholstery.
Necessary tools and materials
Tools and materials for wood:
- Stapler pistol;
- Staples 3/8 inches;
Screwdriver or drill;
- Spray primer BIN Shellac-Base Primer (I used two cans for four old chairs);
- Spray paint of the chosen color (I used two cans of glossy paint “apple red” from Rust-Oleum);
- Spray bottle of polyurethane coating.
- A box of tea for toning upholstery fabric (I used 10 Earl Gray sachets);
- Fabric 46 x 112 cm per pillow, consumption may be different depending on the size of the seat of the old chair;
- Plastic bucket, sink or bath for soaking.
Painting of the wooden frame of an old chair
- Using a screwdriver or a drill, remove the screws from the seat cushions and set them aside.
- Take the frame of an old but sturdy chair. Cover the work area with paper, film or tarpaulin – I covered a part of the yard with a large canvas. Wear safety glasses and gloves. Cover each frame with a spray primer evenly, allow to dry completely. This primer dries quickly; The coating should be ready for the next step within 20 minutes.
- Coat the frame with aerosol paint. the instructions to the spray gun, apply evenly and at the correct distance for best results. Allow to dry completely (about an hour).
- I put the cardboard under my old chairs so as not to mow the grass in the courtyard.
- I like glossy coatings, so I finished the work with a polyurethane topcoat. It leaves a smooth, durable coating that allows me to easily wipe furniture after eating.
- Give your bright, now not so old, chairs completely dry in the open air before bringing them indoors. I left them to dry all night, but four to five hours should be enough.
Staining and peretyazhka the seat
I love typographic prints, so I chose this fabric from Ikea. 5 cushions from my old chairs took less than 3 meters of fabric. The fabric was too white for my dining room, so I “aged” it by staining it with tea.
- Toning with tea is a great way to give your upholstery an antique look. While the frames are drying, fill the bucket with hot water and brew 10 or more tea bags in it. Immerse the tissue in tea and let it soak for two hours or more. Stir occasionally. The longer you paint and the steeper the tea, the darker the shade.
- If the tissue has acquired the desired pigmentation, it is time to wring out the water and hang the cloth to dry. Or throw it into the dryer to medium mode, so that it is not completely dry.
- Put the pillow from the old chair on the cloth and cut it out with scissors, leaving enough space around the edges to completely cover your pillows, including the sides and a few centimeters below them. I left 10 to 15 cm of extra fabric around the edges of the pillow.
- Turn the edges of the fabric. This will help prevent it from shedding and falling out of the fastening staples over time. Tip: If your fabric has a strictly oriented pattern, as in my case, make sure that it is correctly positioned when cutting. In my case, I have cut the fabric so that the text on it is read when you are facing the seat.
- Use a stapler gun to attach the edge of the fabric to the bottom of the seat. I was more comfortable when I read from the front edge of the seat. When the front is well secured, pull the fabric toward the top of the seat and secure the back edge of the cushion, leaving the walls and corners free. At the corners, I just laid the folds and used additional staples to fix the overlapped area. On the sides fix the fabric in the last turn, making sure that the top of the pillow has no creases and folds.
- After making sure that the wooden frame of your old chairs has been carefully dried, attach the stretched pillows to the frame with a screwdriver or drill.
Before and after . Here’s a look at my chairs before and after reconstruction.
My renovated dining room is transformed and almost ready for tea drinking. Magnificent old chairs organically complement the eclectic design and look particularly stylish, thanks to the toning of the fabric with tea.
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