Chair Makeover: Before and After

Earlier I showed you this chair that I got at DI for $8.

Then, after a $4 can of red spray paint and one very interested onlooker…

And as always, after the paint came the distressing. 
I love how the dark finish came through under the red.

For $12 and a bit of elbow grease, I’ve already got some great use out of it (as you can see, it made it’s way into some of our apron pattern cover shots) and I think it’ll be a fun little addition to have in my sewing room.

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  1. My mother-in-law has some chairs like that. I need to see if she’ll part with one to give it a makeover! Love it.

  2. I loooooove it! great work!

    Now I know what to do with the 4 I have in my basement.


  3. This looks like the dang set in my dining room. I so need to do something with it! Did you sand it first or just go at it with the spray can? It looks great!

  4. So cute. The distressing really gives it the finishing touch and you did a great job in choosing a shade of red…that can be tricky!

  5. Abby, this turned out beautifully! Agh, now I just want a whole set for my dining room. But I guess first I’d better have a dining room. Haha. Seriously though, such a beautiful job.

  6. Great chair and color – I especially like how well it complements that yummy looking dessert. And it goes so well with your apron! ~Barbara

  7. so cute abby! love the red. I had gotten a similar chair at a garage sale. I really love it and can’t wait to paint it, it’s a good sitter! :)

  8. Abby- I keep thinking about this chair. All the time. And about having a kitchen full of them. Perhaps, perhaps…

  9. I REALLY want to find a cute chair to makeover so I can use it as a photo prop! Love this.

  10. Gotta love that DI. We have Goodwill here. Nice chair makeover! Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  11. Just came across your blog! I love your RED chair! Can you tell me the color of spray paint you used to paint that chair? I have red all through out my house…it is so hard to find a good RED! Thank You!

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  13. Can I ask what color paint that is? I have 4 of these exact chairs and instead of buying new ones, I thought I could paint them but was nervous about this type of bulkier chair being painted.

    It turned out great!

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