Last week I showcased my DIY accent chair makeover with 5 other blogs for the Upcycle Blogger Chair Challenge put on by the Salt Lake Home Show. We got to choose a chair from Habitat for Humanity and we were also able to select some fabric from Vern Yip’s line (provided by Calico) with instructions to use a Rustoleum finish of our choice as well.
Here is the before glamor shot.
The first step was to sand it all down!
Once I began sanding down this chair, I found a beautiful wood grain staring back at me and I couldn’t bare to cover it up with paint, so I opted for a stain. I chose to use Rustoleum’s Worn Navy, and while I had an idea of how it would turn out, I was completely wrong and SO pleasantly surprised!
The wood grain pulled through the stain beautifully. It turned out even better than I imagined it would. More denim looking than navy, but I think if I had continued to apply layers of the stain I could have achieved a much darker, more navy color.
While my stain dried, I recovered the seat, with two layers of poly batting, my Ikat patterned Vern Yip fabric and my electric staple gun.
I made sure to center the seat directly over the portion of fabric I wanted featured.
After reupholstering the seat, it was time to add my bronze tacks to the chair. As you can see this process was maddening to me! After nailing just a few studs in and seeing the beating my poor little chair was taking I decided I needed to come up with some kind of better way.
Upholstery tacks are long, and they need to be when recovering furniture. Tacks need to go through padding, fabric, and wood. However, I was using these as accents only so I decided to cut the studs of each tack by approx. .25″. This made the process MUCH easier. Each tack only took one or two hits with my mallet to go in!
Each tack is spaced 1″ from the next.
Once my tacks were finished, I reassembled the seat and made some accent pillows.
This chair is truly unique and I love how it turned out.
What do you think of this stain!?
The other bloggers in this challenge did a phenomenal job! Check out their accent chairs – you won’t believe the before and afters!!!
The Creative Mom
I hope you are all having a great week!
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