Craig’s List Makeover By Bleak 2 Unique

Hi, I’m Lori from over at Bleak 2 Unique where I like to do just that…take the bleak and make it uniquely me. I’m super excited to be a guest here at “Project Queen”….Thanks so much Mandy!!! Today I would like to share my first chair makeover. I have at least a dozen chairs stored here and there, but I finally got busy and fixed one up. This is one of three chairs that I picked up for free on Craigslist…gotta love CL. Unfortunately, I couldn’t decide what  to do with em’ , and so they sat in the garage forevvver. Then it occurred to me that I didn’t have to make a final decision….I could keep my options open by just tackling one, and see if I like it. Liking a lot of different styles can make it hard to make a decor decision sometimes…do y’all have that problem? Finally motivated to get moving, here is where I started…

A little dirty and beat up…but cute
Great details
Nice legs

She had a few “dings”, and I hate to sand, so out came the homemade chalk paint. Don’t get me wrong, I love Annie’s chalk paint, but since I have a budget I make my own…
 and you can too….you can get the recipe HERE.
After removing the seat and tightening up all the screws, I brushed on the first coat…

Needs more cleaning
Screws tightened
First coat on

While the chair dries, I worked on the new seat. Recently I found a curtain, and the fabric was just what I was looking for…bright, bold, and durable (the lining makes it heavier). The cushion was left over from another project, so I just cut it to fit and secured it with spray adhesive…like this…

Love this fabric
Cushion cut
Spray and press…done!

I used the seat as a template and cut the fabric leaving a six inch border. There was quite a bit of extra fabric to cut off, but too much is better than not enough, right? To finish off the seat I stapled each side in the middle…pulling tight, and working out to the corners. 

 Once the seat was finished I got back to the chair. Usually I just distress pieces a little bit, but on this project I wanted to try a more distressed look. I sanded, sanded some more and then finished up with a coat of wax…


The only step left….put her together and take her picture…..Here she is…”Paisley Love”. Tell me what you think…Too much distressing? Not enough distressing? Wrong color? Right color? Whatever you think, let’s hear it!

Thanks so much Mandy for having me over, and letting me share with your readers today!!!

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  1. What a beautiful redo! Love the fabric choice. Megan
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  2. I really love the extra distressing. It is really pretty.
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  3. I really love this! I love the thoroughness of the tutorial, the awesome photos, and the BEAUTIFUL chair! Great job!
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  4. What a transformation! I love the way the white brings out all of the details of this chair – great job!

  5. She looks perfect. I love the fabric choice and great job with thinking outside the box using a curtain panel! She just shines now 🙂

  6. This is a good tutorial for those that don’t know how to do this and how simple it really is to have something that looks this great!
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  7. I get the sanding to make it look distressed… but what do you do with the wax?? Your chair is gorgeous!
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  8. What an adorable chair, Lori! I love the fabric and how you distressed it!

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