Yellow Chair Makeover

  • Yellow Chair Makeover

Use simple paint finishes and repurposing techniques to give old timber pieces contemporary style. 

Old timber furniture that is structurally sound can be easily reinvented using paint, with good preparation the key to achieving a professional finish. To prepare furniture for revamping ensure you do the following. 

REMOVE old fasteners with pincers and flat-bladed screwdrivers.

SAND THE SURFACE with the best grit abrasive paper for the job, sanding between coats of primer and paint.

APPLY Paint with a quality brush.

Hight-gloss chairs 

This pair of stained chairs were sturdy but the seats were worn and the timber had superficial scratches and dents. The chairs were sanded and painted then the seats reupholstered. Ensure you remove the seat base before painting, placing it back on the chair after reupholstering. 


Step 1. Prep and Prime

Prepare the timber by cleaning with sugar soap and warm water, sand with 120 grit abrasive paper then apply a coat of all-in-one primer, starting at the legs and working up.

Step 2. Paint

Paint the chair with two coats of acrylic gloss, sanding lightly between coats with very fine grit paper. Turn it upside down to start with the legs, leave them to dry then paint the top.

Step 3. Upholster

Remove the old fabric cover and foam, using the seat base as a template to cut a new 17mm thick plywood base plus foam and backing fabric, securing with spray adhesive. Cut the new fabric cover with an extra 100mm all around, pull it taut over the seat and fold in the corners, securing it with staples.   

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