18 May 2015

Midcentury Chair

I get the most satisfaction from the simplest projects. 

This simple chair was listed on Craig's List for $10 and I believe me when I say that I ran to it as fast as my legs would carry me. 

It was rickety and dirty, but in good shape overall. I reinforced the legs with wood glue and clamps. I lightly sanded the wood, but I could not bring myself to paint the wood. Painting mid century furniture makes me cringe. The furniture of this era is designed around beautiful wood. Please, paint the other stuff, and maybe paint mid century furniture sparingly, with design in mind. 

On to the seat & upholstery...

You can imagine my delight when I removed the first layer of icky vinyl, and discovered a bonus layer of icky vinyl. It was my lucky day. 

The upside - a double layer of vinyl left the padding clean and in great condition. 

I brought out the Restor-A-Finish, just to see if it would work on this worn out stain. I love this stuff, and I've used it before with great results. Honestly, I was not expecting these results, this chair seemed to be past the point of a simple fix.

Look at the difference in the legs. The scratches and dullness wiped away, leaving beautiful shine and enhancing that gorgeous wood grain.  

refinish, mid century chair, black and white, upholstery

before and after


  1. This is such a great makeover! I'll be featuring it tonight on the Found & Foraged linky party!

    1. Oh that's awesome! Can't wait to see it there and check out the others. Thank you!

  2. That is one really cute chair. Love that you kept the wood natural and what a perfect fabric choice. Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope to see you again!

    1. Wow - thank you so much! I'm on my way over to check it out.

  3. What a pretty chair, it looks so happy and loved now! If it could talk that's what it'll say, lol..
    You are so talented, what a great job you did. I also love the little rug under it.

  4. gorgeous makeover! I love the pattern you chose for the new fabric! and, I love that restore-a-finish!

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