My Personal Vintage Chair Restoration Project (With Photos)

A few months ago I got back from holiday I decided that I wanted to make a few changes to my room. I was tired of the interior and felt it was time for something new and different. Besides getting new bed covers, cushions and other small items I decided to spruce up old pieces of furniture.

I felt that if I were to restore or redo them, I could do it exactly the way and wanted to and brighten up the room. Amongst these furniture items was a coat hanger and an ugly chair. The coat hanger was an easy job. I sanded off the old paint and covered it in a bright racing red. It looks pretty great and makes my dull room at least look a bit better than it previously did.

I often lack in inspiration when it comes to sprucing up a room and interior design. Like you probably already know, this blog is a learning curve for me as well. The chair was somewhat of a great achievement, something you would find in one of the interior decorating magazines. At least I think so. It’s the very first image I’ve added to this blog post. You can see it up top.

So how did I turn this piece of furniture into a designer item?

It was a combination of restoration, creativity, and help from family members. I’ve always liked white minimalist designs. It’s not something I should pride myself on, but I’d say I’m a simple guy. However, keeping the chair plain white seemed a bit dull, so I decided to give it a vintage look.

To achieve this vintage aged look I used a paint called Annie Sloane on the chair. It’s paint created specifically for the purpose of being sanded down and treated with wax. A note of caution: restoring or creating furniture this way takes a lot of time. To do it correctly you need to sand down the chair and paint it one coat of paint. Afterward, it needed to be painted another time and sanded down to give an antique look. Painting and waiting for it to dry is what takes up most of your day.

If I’m honest, I can’t remember if I gave it two coats of paint or not. Either way, it depends on your personal preference. When sanding it down, you want the chair to be smooth since its a very chalky paint it often leaves bumps on the furniture.

After you’ve finished the sanding process, you need to cover it with the supporting wax. I call it supporting wax since it works in cohort with the Annie Sloane paint. The end product looks great, and you can use this paint on many different types of wood.

For the seat of the chair, I decided to again go with a bright red color. I bought a piece of red suede fabric and covered the seat with it. I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the seat, but you could probably use nails as well. Keep in mind that the upholstering part is a two man job. You need an extra set of, especially if you are inexperienced.

This video will show you how to do the upholstering:

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