09 June 2012

Flea Market Chair MakeOver~

Hi everyone, I hope your enjoying your weekend. 

I wanted to share a make-over that I just did on the chair I picked up at the flea market recently.
If you recall, I had said that it wasn't very pretty, but it was very sturdy and solid, so I knew I could do something with it. After all, I only paid $35.00 for it. You can see the before upholstery here.

I didn't take a photo of what the base looked like before I painted it, but I'm sure you've all seen that ugly old yellow and brown paint that use to be all the rage in the 60/70's.

I painted it with Benjamin Moore paint called "Steam" and lightly waxed it with dark brown Briwax.

I loved the color of the velvet but it was in pretty bad shape and the foam pad was disintegrating underneath, so it wasn't really comfortable to sit on.
When I took off the old velvet, it was a complete mess underneath, the foam pad had turned to dust, literally, so I am glad I decided to re-upholster it.

I used one of my old grain sacks to cover the seat and arms. I love this one with the red monogram.

I am so happy with how it turned out, so it was worth my hands and shoulders hurting for a few days from all of the stapling. :) I really need to get an electric air staple gun.

Now, I think this piece will be the next to get a makeover. I'm not really loving the old creamy chippy paint. So I might end up just painting it white for a fresh and clean look. Plus it will stand out a lot more against my newly painted pale gray walls. I've always loved how Maria's mantle looks against her gray walls. Her style always inspires!

Well, I hope everyone has a beautiful Sunday!
Thank you all for taking the time to stop by!!~
Talk with you soon!



  1. This is a gorgeous transformation, Melinda. It is such an elegant chair. I am looking forward to seeing the mantle transformed.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

  2. I love what you did to the chair.... And I am sure it is more comfy!

  3. LOVE that chair redo. Makes me even more anxious to get to one I've had for several years waiting for the paint and grainsack makeover. Don't hold your breath though! LOL!

    Happy Sunday,

  4. It looks really beautiful. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dee x

  5. Your chair is absolutely lovely, Melinda! What a beautiful transformation.
    Mary Alice

  6. Your chair looks so fresh, beautiful, and new! You did a wonderful job. I love your choice for the upholstery.

  7. Gorgeous Melinda!! You are so talented my Dear and so inspiring =) Wishing you a lovely day! Xo, Ashley

  8. Love the chair, especially after you performed your magic! Sounds like you are enjoying your new home.

    Take care,

  9. Love your new/old chair! You did an amazing job. I love the chippy mantle! I'm sure it will look gorgeous if you paint it, too. Maria's home always looks amazing. I've considered painting my walls her color, too. Love your gorgeous home!!!


  10. Oh Melinda...you are so very talented with furniture makeovers. That chair is gorgeous! ! And I'm certain the mantle will be beautiful!

  11. Melinda,
    Your chair turned out beautifully.Yep you are right you need a airgun stapler.When I reupholstered my chair I used a regular staple gun and it was not easy.I will not do that again LOL.That fabric looks great on your chair too!

  12. Oh Melinda, this turned out absolutely gorgeous and so YOU! I liked seeing this chair the other day with the velvet, but this is much better. The grain sack will be durable, too.
    I've been on the hunt for another chair to makeover as well, and now you've got me more inspired! (oh, and I hate those staple guns, too. I never heard there was an easier one!)
    Have a wonderful week, my talented friend!

  13. Girl, that is one gorgeous chair. You did an amazing job!

  14. Melinda,
    You made a great choice to recover the chair. It looks absolutely FAB!!!! I love it and I am sure everyone else loves it as well.
    GREAT JOB!!!!
    Have a wonderful week~

  15. Beautiful Melinda. I wish that I could sew, although my husband is an excellent seamstress! So on Monday, I'm going a sewing circle....but I warned them...I'm a beginner!

  16. Thanks so much everyone for your kind comments on my chair, I really appreciate it!

  17. Melinda!!! I LOVE LOVE the chair! It turned out awesome! You are so beyond talented! If you ever sell this chair, pick me! I would love to purchase it from you!! :) Love it!!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Your friend,

  18. It is just beautiful! I love it.

    Have a good one!

  19. It turned out so, so fabulous Melinda!!! I absolutely love it with the grain sack you chose! I wish you could make one for me :))


    :) T

  20. Hi, this is sooo pretty, I wish I had your stash of grain sacks - where do you get them all? Kerry from Ilovemyhomeblog.blogspot.co.uk

  21. Oh Melinda the chair is just stunning...so you!!
    Wish I lived closer ~ would love to get to meet you some day!
    Hope you are well, take care!

  22. Beautiful chair. Love the monogram on it, too.

  23. I need to go flea marketing with you, Melinda. You always find the prettiest treasures! I love the magical way you transformed this gorgeous French chair! Just beautiful! :)

    xoxo laurie

  24. Melinda,
    Wow!! You are so a.m.a.z.i.n.g.l.y. talented!!! So, if your chair comes up missing just know it's either me or Laurie from Heaven's Walk who snatched it in the middle of the night LOL! ;)

    Love your picture on your profile! So good to put a face with your blog! You are just darling :)


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