Tossed Table Becomes a Stylish Bistro Set

One cold day when Karin and her husband were out on a walk, they spotted this old table sticking out of a dumpster at their neighbor’s house.  With permission from their neighbor, they fished the table out and took it home.  Karin–who blogs at Art is Beauty–knew that with a lot of TLC and a couple of chairs, it could become a trendy bistro table!

Art is Beauty table before

After locating two chairs and making some minor repairs to the table, Karin got started on the makeover.  She sanded down the finish on all three pieces, then restained and refinished the tabletop.  Karin painted the chairs and the table’s pedestal with CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint’s color “Slate”.  It was a perfect match for the Liberty of London style fabric she’d found on a bolt at Goodwill and used to upholster the chair seats.  Karin loves to add flair to her refinished pieces, so she selected a vintage graphic into a stencil and applied it to the table top with turquoise craft paint.  The color of the graphic brought out subtle touches of turquoise in the chair fabric.  It’s a stunning transformation, don’t you agree?

Art is Beauty bistro set after

Learn more about the makeover process for this bistro dining set at Art is Beauty.

Impulse Shopping Inspires a Rescue

When Joan from Nicer Than New impulsively purchased a Silhouette craft cutting machine, she had to look around her house for something to transform using her new toy.  “I had a boring little oak chair sitting in my garage that was too low and too wide for the couple of desks I have already sold,” she says.  “I decided this little lovely would be my test piece for a Silhouette printed stencil and paint project.”

Nicer Than New chair before

For this first project, Joan decided to cut something out of contact paper and do a reverse stencil on the chair.  She settled on a scrambled number design, similar to Pottery Barn’s subway number art.  She cut the design, applied it to the chair, and painted the chair white over the numbers.  When she peeled away the numbers, she had the same cool subway number look on the seat of the chair.  Doesn’t that look great?  I think that impulse purchase may just work out really well for Joan!

Nicer Than New chair after

Get more information on this chair rescue at Nicer Than New.


Painting Upholstery Instead of Replacing It

At Elizabeth Joan Designs, Erin scored these twin barcaloungers free from a Craigslist ad.  “And they were is great condition,” Erin notes.  “No funky smell. No nasty stains. Only a small amount of dust and hair clung on for its life as I vacuumed them off.”

Elizabeth Joan Designs painted chair before

Despite their excellent condition, the hunter green upholstery was a bit dated.  Erin had seen some tutorials on Pinterest for painting upholstery, and decided these were the perfect chairs to experiment with.  I won’t go into the details of how she painted these, but I will say that Erin discovered these chairs could soak up a lot of paint!  Once the upholstery was painted, she gave the wooden legs a coat of white paint to match the newly gray upholstery.  I think the chairs look unbelievably good!

Elizabeth Joan Designs painted chair after

Find out more about what paint Erin used and what techniques worked best on this upholstery painting project at Elizabeth Joan Designs.

Chair Rescued Once, Then Again

Cindy blogs over at DIY Beautify.  She’s got a double whammy rescue to tell us about today.  One that started with Cindy dumpster diving for some chairs.  She says, “They were GROSS. Bad paint job with bad paint. Lots of drips and globs. And sticky. And the seat cushions?  Eeeek!”  After some TLC, Cindy got them to look like this…

DIY Beautify chair after DIY Beautify chair before

…and that’s exactly how they stayed for the next few months, while Cindy cleared out other furniture and moved from one state to another.  Finally settled, she took a long look at the one chair left and decided it was time for another makeover.  This time, Cindy highlighted the carved details of the chair by painting that center panel with a homemade chalkpaint in blue.  The plain white seat cover was replaced by a much more vibrant fabric.  Isn’t it lovely?

DIY Beautify chair after

Get more information on this chair makeover at DIY Beautify.

Broken Cane Chairs Get a Makeover

Marty has been documenting her kitchen remodel at Marty’s Musings.  While she’d successfully fixed up her kitchen table, the old cane chairs that went with it were still a problem.  The caning had worn out long ago, and the only solution available was ill-fitting slipcovers.

Marty's Musings dining chairs before

Deciding to work with what they had, Marty and her husband figured out how to fix the chairs.  They replaced the missing caning with thin plywood.  The chairs were painted white and distressed for a shabby chic look that matched the look of their new kitchen.  Finally, the old upholstery on the seats was removed and Marty added pretty striped fabric.  The chairs look amazing with the new table!

Marty's Musings dining chairs after

Find out all about how Marty and her husband transformed these chairs at Marty’s Musings.

Rescued Desk and Chair Makeover

Susan of Sunflower Hugs tells us, “I found this desk listed for free on Craigslist.  It was from a storage unit facility that auctioned off an unpaid unit’s contents and no one wanted it.  Then I found a free chair driving home one day.”  Lucky!  Talk about the perfect combination.

Sunflower Hugs desk after Sunflower Hugs desk and chair before

Since she checks the hardware store on a regular basis for “oops” paint, Susan already had the perfect shad of turquoise on hand.  She mixed up a batch of chalk paint, and covered both desk and chair with new paint.  Flea market knobs and a new seat cushion made from a bandana complete the look of this set.  Talk about a total transformation!

Sunflower Hugs desk after

Visit Sunflower Hugs to get more details on this makeover.

Dipped (and Striped!) Chair Makeover

Krista blogs over at The Happy Housie.  Recently, she freshened up her entryway with board and batten.  The shabby little chair sitting in the entryway looked even shabbier next to the pretty new walls, so Krista decided she needed to spruce it up a bit.

The Happy Housie chair before

She began this makeover by mixing up some homemade chalk paint, using paint leftover from the board and batten project  (Benjamin Moore’s cloud white).    After several coats of the white paint had dried, Krista taped off the seat and legs to create the striped and dipped looks.  The pretty green, yellow, and blue accents looked just right after they were lightly whitewashed.  The end result is a brand-new chair with a fun, preppy look.

The Happy Housie chair after

You can find out more about this project at The Happy Housie.

Pair of Chairs Made Lovely

Catherine blogs at Freddy and Petunia.  She picked up this pair of chairs at a thrift sale and decided to give them a whole new look.

Freddy and Petunia chair before

The chairs had really interesting lines and were in good shape.  The only problem?  Their dated finish had them stuck in a 1970’s rut.  Catherine pulled of the seat cushions and clad them in a fun, fresh floral fabric.  Then she took a cue from the colorful new fabric and painted each chair in a bright, coordinating color.  The chairs still look like a matched set without looking like identical twins.  What a great update!

Freddy and Petunia chair after

You can read more about this makeover at Freddy and Petunia.