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Upholstered Chair Makeover from the Curb

You’re driving down the street as a family of 8 with a mission to not be late for the concert. Then, you spy an upholstered chair sitting on the curb. Do you bug your family to turn around and grab it, or do you carry on your merry way?

Curbside Chair & Lamp Before by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If you say carry on, we can’t be friends. bwahahaha! My husband, JC, had no idea why I wanted him to turn around (because he obviously doesn’t have #trashure vision). He should know by now that I will grab something if (1) I’m interested in it (2) I can save it from the dump and give it to someone else. No need to fill our planet with perfectly useful things, right?

Broken Socket on Curbside Lamp | prodigalpieces.com

While I’m grabbing the chair, I also grab a book, two pillows, and this lamp. Yes, the lamp is broken at the socket, but that’s a simple fix. The chair has wear and is coming apart at the seat joint, but it is full of potential.

Curbside Chair Upholstery Before | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Plus, it’s made by Stanley, a fine furniture company. You just can’t find good furniture like that much anymore.

DIY TIME

First, to start, remove the seat cushion from under the bottom. Typically, there are four screws holding it on.

Removing Upholstered Chair Seat | prodigalpieces.com

If they are boogery, you can place your chair upside-down on a surface, like a table, to help. Then, I asses the stability of the frame. In this instance, my chair is coming apart at the seat. No worries, I gently pry it apart more, add glue, and then clamp it back together.

Upholstered Chair Coming Apart | prodigalpieces.com

STEP 2

Next, it’s time to make any needed repairs to the finish on the frame to prepare it for paint. My chair is damaged on the back and various spots, but nothing a little sanding and cleanup can’t fix.

Upholstered Chair Wear and Tear | prodigalpieces.com

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My sander helps me quickly take off any worn finish and prepare it for my next step. After sanding, I wipe down with a vinegar/water mix to remove any residue (a 1:2 ratio).

STEP 3

Then, it’s time to paint! {{happy dance}} If you’ve followed along with me for long, you know I’m smitten with Zibra Paint Brushes. I use them for:

  • furniture
  • exterior
  • interior
  • stain
  • poly
  • waxing
  • and so much more…

Zibra Paint Brushes for Upholstered Chair Painting | prodigalpieces.com

For today’s purpose, I’m using the Fan Brush and the Triangle Brush. Both will allow me to do this chair update quickly with an awesome finish.

Painting Upholstered Chair Leg | prodigalpieces.com

First, I apply a base coat to the entire frame. My color choice is a soft, light brown called Basketry in an eggshell finish. You can choose any color you want, but I’m after a layering effect that I prefer to use to create a worn wood look. The Fan Brush fills in perfectly.

Painting Vintage Chair Back by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Meanwhile, the Triangle Brush makes the splat in the back and easy chore because it fits perfectly in tight spaces. I love using it in cupboards in cabinets too.

Triangle Brush for Painting Chair Splat | prodigalpieces.com

STEP 4

Next, while that paint layer cures for approximately 2 hours, I begin to tackle the upholstery. We begin by removing the dust cover on our upholstered chair.

Removing Staples from Chair Dust Cloth | prodigalpieces.com

If you are careful, you can save the cloth and replace it when you are done. Even save the labels and replace them too. If you’d like to see simple steps on replacing upholstery, you can see it in this post HERE.

After the dust cloth, you may find a row of welting. Remove that as well and set it aside. A simple tip: I find putting my tool under the welting to pop the staples is much easier than digging in from the top.

Removing Welting from Upholstered Chair | prodigalpieces.com

Last part of this wickedly tiring staple removal journey is to remove the upholstery. Your hands may be tiring, but power through! haha! Then you can also ask yourself the question, “Why does one seat need 10,000 staples??” {{head smack}}

STEP 5

Last step in recovering the chair is simple. Put it back in the same way you took it apart. Begin with your upholstery on the bottom, followed by batting (if needed to plump up the seat), and then the cushion if present. I’m choosing to use a soft linen as my upholstery.

Layers of Upholstery for Upholstered Chair Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Also, notice I made a new strip of welting by pulling the cord out of the old and re-wrapping ti with new upholstery. While there is a welting/piping foot for a sewing machine, I use my zipper foot in the same manner.

Making Welting with a Zipper Foot on Sewing Machine | prodigalpieces.com

Again, assembly is in reverse of the way you took it apart. Tack on upholstery and batting, followed by welting, and last the dust cloth.

STEP 6

The last step in our upholstered chair makeover is to put the finishing touches on. Again, using my Fan Brush, but this time with a soft white, I apply a coat lightly, but quickly wipe off the excess with a damp rag. You can see this process in action in my recent video below and the steps outlined HERE.

Second Layer of Paint on Upholstered Chair | prodigalpieces.com

ONE MORE THING

Because I have a chair and a lamp, I feel I need a table to go with it. This little cutie was in need of a little revival.

Small Antique Drum Table | prodigalpieces.com

When I bought it, the owner said, “It’s an antique and I painted it.” Yep, it sure is painted, and in not the best job, but DIYers have fun. See the stuff stuck in the paint? That has to go…

Bad Paint Job on Drum Table | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Are you ready to see my upholstered chair trio? Here it is! It’s funny to think that they were in the trash.

Simple Farmhouse Chic Decor with Curbside Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor #vintage

Vintage Stanley Splat Back Chair with Linen Upholstery by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #diy #homedecor #farmhouse

Actually, most everything in my photos is from trash or thrift store. My kinda decor indeed. It makes for a wonderful home story.

Vintage Farmhouse Decor from Trash and Thrifted Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

This chair only took half a day to work on and the table and lamp were easy fixes. Would you have picked them up off the curb?

Farmhouse Chic Chair with Linen Upholstery by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #furniture #linen #home #homedecor

 

Linen Chair Seat on Upholstered Chair by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor

Half of the fun of decorating this way is to tell folks where you found it, what it looked like, and what a blast you had recreating it. That’s why I love to create a story-telling home.

Linen Upholstered Chair Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #homedecor #diy #furniture

Small Antique Drum Table Refinished by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #antique #furniture #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor

Oh, and in case you were wondering…yes, the lamp does work.

Farmhouse Chic Lamp found Curbside & Repaired by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #lamp #home #farmhouse #homedecor

If you’d like to make any of these goodies your own, you can find them available in my online shop. (ALL SOLD) When you sign up for my free email newsletter, you get an instant discount on your first purchase – see details below.

Shop Prodigal Pieces Furniture, Vintage Finds, Handmade Goods, & Supplies for your home | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Farmhouse Style Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vignette #farmhouse #vintage #home #homedecor

GIVEAWAY TIME

Zibra and I are all about empowering you to tackle your own DIY project. And the best way to do that is get these awesome brushes in your hands. You can enter to win this set of finish brushes for your very own.

Zibra Paint 3 PC Detail Kit Giveaway at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Complete the widget below for as many entries as you like (daily even). Giveaway open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to claim your prize. Be sure to check your spam!

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Also, do pin and share my upholstered chair makeover with curbside finds. Let’s inspire others to save beautiful things from the landfill too.

This vintage Stanley upholstered chair was left in the trash. Trash no more! See how Larissa of Prodigal Pieces gave it new life at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #upholstery #vintage #home #homedecor

Up next, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Looky what I found sitting on the curb… See the afters HERE.

Old Whiskey Barrel Planter Found Curbside by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, here’s more furniture makeovers like this upholstered chair:

Amazing Upcycled Gun Cabinet turned Farmhouse Cupboard by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | DIY details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #furniture #homedecorLearn this paint layering technique applied to this vintage serpentine dresser as demonstrated by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture #farmhouse

Comments

  1. Alison S says

    I really do enjoy your makeovers. If I win the brushes, I would paint a dresser that has been waiting for quite a while. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Allison. I think we all have projects like that. 😉

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    Wow!!! Why can’t I be a “treasure magnet?” You do find and create the coolest stuff!!😎

    • Larissa says

      hahaha! You can have my power for a bit…I have enough! 😀 Thank you, Rebecca.

  3. Susie Wilcox says

    Sure wish I could find some “trash” like this. No one leaves things at the curb here as they will not be picked up by the trash truck! You did a great job with these treasures. I would love to know the type of paint you use. I have a cabinet from a school that I am in the midst of stripping off 6 layers of paint that were put on to last a lifetime. I want to redo it in a navy, but am not sure what type paint to use. The brushes you use would be great to get into all the nooks and crannies. Thanks for the give aways!

    • Larissa says

      haha. Around here if it’s set out, it’s fair game. 😀 These folks just moved and left behind the items they didn’t want. I was excited to save it as trash pickup was the next morning. Such a shame if it didn’t get rescued. I typically use Glidden Premium in different finishes. You’ll love the brushes!

  4. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    Thank U Larissa for this great giveaway opportunity.
    I sure could use a set of them wonderful brushes.
    I have an adorable little table that I had just picked up a few days ago & it really needs a Big makeover really bad.
    It’s a very nice, heavy little entry table, but who ever had it before did a terrible job of painting and in such an ugly color.
    You wonderful sometimes just what people are thinking when it comes to redoing furniture.
    Thanks again and wishing you a safe and wonderful day.

    • Larissa says

      You’re welcome. Sounds like a sweet project. I hope you enjoyed my fun today too. Crazy what people toss. 🙂

  5. Ginny says

    Trash to treasure! Love the natural finish on all three of these items! Keep inspiring me!
    I have an end table that I’ve been wanting to paint. I’m thinking of painting it navy or possibly just sanding and sealing it for a natural look!

    • Larissa says

      Yahoo! Thanks so much, Ginny. I’m always trying! 😀 End tables are fun to do. You’ll love the Zibra brushes for it.

  6. Patti M says

    That chair is so cute! And the table and lamp fit with it so perfectly. You did a wonderful job on them!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Patti! 😀 It truly was a fun find. I’m glad they didn’t head to the trash.

  7. Brenda. says

    I recently redid my dining room chairs and table in a similar Color. I had no idea the work I had gotten myself into with 6 chairs plus the table. It took much. Longer than I anticipated-they usually do 🙄. But I preserved. I love the results. I learned as went. . I wish I had known about these brushes prior to the project. I used my husbands regular paint brushes.

    • Larissa says

      Ooh…I feel ya. I use my sprayer when possible for jobs like that. However, the right brushes make it even better too because the right ones fit the job. I’m so glad you tried! That’s half the battle.

  8. Nancy says

    Defiantly turn around. Great job on the chair. I think they are on the top of the list for me to make over, especially ones with fabric. It can change a dumpy old look to a fabulous new look!

    • Larissa says

      Yes!! So much potential in them for sure. You’re a kindred spirit, Nancy.

  9. Mary says

    I have some of those chairs Larissa. One of the screws refuses to stay tight no matter what I do. Yours turned out really pretty with the new paint job,

    • Larissa says

      Have you tried filling the hole with glued in dowel, and then re-inserting the screw? I use that method on most anything, including my interior door hinges. Works every time.

  10. Lori Oswald says

    Love what you did to your trash! Some of my best projects have come off the curb!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! It sure makes for a fun adventure, doesn’t it, Lori?

  11. Michelle says

    Wow, I’ve never had brushes like that. I’ve been meaning to paint this little side table that I’d like to convert to a nightstand…I think these brushes would do the job nicely! Thanks for the giveaway! P.S. My house is like yours…nearly everything I have was a curbside find, given to me, or something I picked up at one of the local ReStores. =)

    • Larissa says

      They are amazing! 😀 I can’t say enough good about them. It sounds like you and I are peas in a pod, Michelle. 😉

  12. Micah says

    Beautiful job! That chair especially!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Micah. I’m glad we happened to be passing by.

  13. Mother Deer says

    Your projects from the curb turned out so well! I appreciate not adding useful items to the landfill. My first painting job with the Zibra brushes will be to update a garden bench. Thank you for the opportunity to win 🙂

    • Larissa says

      Thank you for the vote of confidence. It sure makes a fun adventure. You will definitely love the Zibra brushes too.

  14. Babette Thurston says

    I love how you redid the chair, lamp, and table! So pretty! If I won, I would paint the vanity in my guest bathroom! I’ve painted my master bath vanity, but I feel like the guest bath could use a refresh! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Babette! 😀 I love it when paint can refresh a space so easily.

  15. Sheri says

    I figure if I keep following your amazing makeovers some of your talent will rub off on me. I finally am in the middle of my first furniture redo–my daughter & I are painting the desk I bought for myself 40 years ago when I was 12. It’s going to be quirky just like my daughter. 😄 I’m convinced I need some of these great Zibra brushes for my next project (painting my mom’s childhood desk for our new home office). Thanks for all your inspiration!

    • Larissa says

      You go girl!! You seriously just made my day, Sheri. Thank you so much. I would love to see it if you want to email. 😀

  16. Shelly says

    I love smaller makeovers like this that are done in a day! Great job

  17. Annette Santana says

    You are really amazing. All the trash to treasure that you make really are inspiring. I enjoy each and every transformation. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

  18. Laura Strickland says

    Love the vignette with the chair. I also have never tried those brushes, I very rarely bother with giveaway entries, but I did for this one, lol. Typically, i get brushes at Walmart, yeah…bad…lol

    • Larissa says

      hahaha! You are too funny, Laura! If you don’t win, I’ll personally send you one of my faves because you gotta dump those brushes. 😀 😀

  19. Jane Clelland says

    I sure wish someone would put their “trash” out for me. This was a great find. You are blessed to have a hubby willing to help you. These brushes look awesome.

    • Larissa says

      Right?? I’m always like ooh…LOOOOK!! Then, I’m like…I have no room. Hubby knows the wrath if not. haha! I’ll go get it myself.

  20. Caye Cooper says

    Great job on all three pieces, Larissa! One thing I’ve done when reupholstering is to take a piece of the old fabric and attach it to a small card. On the card I write my name, city/state, date the piece was redone and if there were any unusual qualities that I ran into when redoing the piece. I then put the card inside or underneath the dust cover and attach with a staple or upholstery tack. Fun for someone else to read when they decide to redo the piece.

    • Larissa says

      That’s a lovely idea! I’ve done something similar with just a marker, but not on a physical card. I love seeing notes from previous handi-folk.

  21. Donna says

    Great job on the chair! It’s always fun to see your makeovers. Thanks for the chance to win those brushes. I have a desk that I would like to paint.

  22. Mariah Beaney says

    Beautiful job on everything!wonderful how you can find random furniture on the side of the road and turn it into a beautiful matching set. And thank you for a chance to win the brushes. Love your makeovers!

  23. Rebecca Drake says

    As i was moving my son out of his college apartment this weekend, I noticed all the trashure on the curbside there. I didn’t have time to pick up anything, but if I did, I would have filled the truck up!Love the chair and lamp! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Larissa says

      It can be hard at times to drive by…I do it often! 😀 I don’t have enough space, time, or me to go around to take it all in. You’re welcome!

  24. Michelle J. says

    I’d paint my kiddo’s dresser!

  25. Fiona says

    I love the paint job on the chair. The colors blend beautifully!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. This technique is one of my favorite methods to use.

  26. Abby says

    I love how the chair/table/lamp look together! The chair turned out beautiful!!

  27. Kelly says

    I love your blog. You do a great job turning your curb side finds into beautiful, useful pieces. Keep up the great work!

  28. Lori J. Watson says

    I have two chairs similar to yours that I need to paint!

    • Larissa says

      The brushes will help. I hope you enjoyed my work shared today. 🙂

  29. Mary says

    Thanks for the inspiration once again Larissa! And I hadn’t thought of the fact we keep things out of the landfill when doing the rescues! These finds are like treasures, aren’t they? a big ole’ treasure hunt! 🙂 If I won the brushes I would paint the old cabinet in my bathroom that hasn’t been remodeled in 35 years…Would love to get a new one, but not in the budget right now. Thank you for the give-away too! Blessings!

    • Larissa says

      Yes, for sure! So many are wasteful, it’s sad. They sure are #trashure ! 😀 Sounds like a great project piece.

  30. Sherry Riggs says

    I love to rescue furniture too. It is so satisfying to make something new from something old.

    • Larissa says

      Yes! Especially when we save it from being turned into trash.

  31. SONJA HANSEN says

    I try not to let envy be a part of my life, but I must confess I find myself somewhat envious of your ability to find such great curbside pieces. There is no such thing in our area. As expected you turned that little table into the perfect piece to go with your chair. My first project when I finish the boxes of our kitchen cupboards is to paint a little wall magazine rack that needs repainting before I return it to the end of one cabinet. It has several little spindles.

    • Larissa says

      It is a blessing and sometimes a seemingly curse because I don’t have enough space, time, and energy to tackle it all. That’s why I pick it up and pass along to others most of the time. At least that way it is not headed to the landfill. 🙂 I love those kinds of racks. They’re handy for magazine, baking sheets, etc.

  32. Cindy Gaston says

    Love the makeover and I would love to win the paintbrrushes!

  33. Terri Hughes says

    Larissa, you are a miracle worker, very nice job!

    • Larissa says

      And you know how to make me smile. 😀 Thank you, Terri.

  34. Chris Davis says

    I have a whole pile of gorgeous trashed chair that just need cleaning, glue, and paint. Some of them need new fabric…
    They are all stacked in a storage unit, waiting for my home to suddenly grow a workshop. 🙁
    Beautiful job!

    • Larissa says

      I feel ya, Chris. I have very little room and work where I can. It makes it interesting!

  35. Becky says

    What a cute threesome! I love the wood-and-paint table! I have some cabinetry that needs to see paint, and Zibra brushes are my favorite way to do that!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I love those kinds of pieces you can tuck in here and there.

  36. Lissa says

    As always, fantastic makeover!!!!! I have a bedside table that was a rescue and is in desperate need of paint! That is the next project on my to do list and those brushes would be perfect!

  37. Deb Townley says

    It’s so much fun finding treasures on the curb!
    I really need to paint my sidebar!

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