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before + after

i love a good before and after diy project. nothing is quite as satisfying as seeing what you can do with your own two hands. marie at justmariec made over this fantastic antique store find with a gorgeous amy butler fabric. it's amazing what a coat of white paint and a bit of new fabric can do. [thanks to marie for sharing and claire for the tip!]

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Blogger Outstanding Occasions said...

Wow! Amazing transformation! I love the stark white chair with the ultra hip fabric. Just beautiful!

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Is there any way of getting a list of step-by-step instructions for this project?

8:31 AM  
Blogger Homegrown Skinny said...

Ugh, so jealous! Why can't I ever stumble upon chairs like that?!

8:33 AM  
Blogger sk8ordiehard said...

ooooo, drooling and liking the idea of glossy white more and more and more.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous anh-minh said...

wow. that's amazing. kudos to marie for having such a good eye and seeing the potential of the piece.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

I love it! Anybody know what kind of paint works best? Latex? Spray paint? A paintbrush?

9:18 AM  
Anonymous AngieMontreal said...

Kind of makes you just want to do one of these chairs for every room in the house. Great inspiration!

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Amara said...

cool chair, seems a shame that it's a one-off! I have an old chair, its pretty different to this but I like the idea of the white paint over the wood. How can I do this? Don't want to ruin the chair with a botched effort!

10:21 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

hi guys

a few people have commented and emailed asking for a step-by-step guide to this project. i'm afraid i can't speak for marie, but i've done something like this several times before so i thought i'd throw in some tips until (and if) marie has time to add hers.

the key to repainting any piece of furniture is good prep work. i can't overstress that sanding, stripping, cleaning and priming your chair first is the best way to produce a gorgeous piece of furniture.

start by sanding down your chair. i suggest paint-stripping weight for the sandpaper unless you're working with metal chairs- in which case you'll need stool wool or something more substantial.

sand down your chair thoroughly and evenly so that you have an even base from which to work. then wipe clean with a damp cloth and let it full dry. run your hands over the chair again and patch up any spots you missed and switch to a lighter grade sandpaper to sand again. wipe clean with a damp cloth and you're ready to prime.

i always work with benjamin moore's basic primer (it comes pre-mixed for like $7.99 a can). i do at leas two thin coats of primer until the furniture is evenly covered.

then i follow with two coats of latex or "furniture" paint. you can usually find this sort of paint at hardware stores. if you can find latex furniture spray paint that's great, too. i've also painted furniture with regular glossy wall paint and it's perfectly fine. it just might require an extra coat or two.

i normally do two coats- allow it to dry for at least one full day and then follow with a coat of clear poly or a latext sealant that gives shine and protects the paint.

let that dry (don't forget to wear a paint mask during all of this!) for at least a day in a well-ventilated area and you're good to go!

for simple reupholstery you can cut fabric to shape and use a medium to heavy gauge staple gun to secure the fabric.


10:31 AM  
Anonymous lindsey said...

I have a chair rescued from the curb that I want to do, but I'd like to solicit suggestions for color and fabric combos (it's got a kind of Asian theme about it that is really interesting). Do you know of a good online forum where I could post that kind of question? I was thinking Apartment Therapy's Open Thread at first, but that seems mostly to be for shopping/product location questions.

10:54 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


i'm sure either spot would be good for you but if you'd like you can either email me (designsponge@gmail.com) and we can chat about ideas or you can post a link to a flickr photo in here if you'd like other people to comment on it :)


11:05 AM  
Anonymous Marie Cox said...

Hi all....

It's Marie...I will tell you what I did.

Prepare the chair by sanding it down...with furniture this old, I have not realy had to use any sort of primer.Just make sure that you get off any type of glossy paint. Now after yoou have sanded it down. Get a wax rag and clean up all the shavings so it's smooth and clear.

Now time for paint...I wanted a very hip and modern look so I went with a high gloss white from KRYLON and I ended up painting instead of spray but i bet spray would work just as well.

After you paint..you need to add your fabric and trim. Some older chairs will not have push out seats and back so you actually have to trace the pattern of the upper back and bottom with a large piece of paper. Once you trace the pattern, cut out and use that to cut your fabric.

Now that fabric is all cut...staple it to your chair and then hot glue your trim to cover up the staples...

I loved doing this chiar and I am on the look out for another cool piece.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

I too am jealous of the find! We never have great stuff like that around here.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually prefer the before....

2:57 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

love the silhouette of that chair.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous lindsey said...

Wanted: Input from fabulously talented and "with it" D*S readers.

That's YOU!

I am soliciting suggestions for color and fabric combos for a chair I recently stumbled across.

Your two cents would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

10:12 PM  
Blogger magbot said...

Ha! Love Grace's typo: "stool wool". Although I'm not sure I'd care to know exactly what that might be....

10:09 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

eek! steel wool, not stool wool. that sounds seriously disgusting.


10:21 AM  
Blogger Blue Orchid Designs said...

love it, love it, love it! :)

2:02 AM  
Blogger Cherry Runway said...

Wow! That looks amazing!!!

10:42 AM  

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