Refinishing a chair {before & after}



yellow chair makeover

I thought it would be super fun to take this chair I reupholstered last year (that was in dire need of a makeover)and paint it BRIGHT YELLOW. )


Here’s a quick tutorial on how I did it. First you’ll want to sand down the wood and then wipe it down. Next you’ll want to prime the base of the chair. After that spray on 2 coats of yellow spray paint, allowing it to dry in between each coat. Then for recovering the fabric, all I did was staple right over the existing fabric. I promise, anyone can do this, once you’ve found the right chair. For a complete guide follow this tutorial HERE.


How to refinish a chair

I love the end result! The yellow is so much fun! I should have taken a REAL before picture, but I forgot. So this is what it looked like a couple of years ago. Obviously you can tell the seat got it’s fair share of love (thanks to my 2 year old -winks) from the pic above. The yellow is bright and fresh and absolutely lovely. I used Krylon’s ‘Bright Idea’ yellow in case any of you are wondering. Also, the fabric is the chevon chic HGTV home fabric from Jo-Ann Craft Store. For more tips on how to reupholster a chair click here.

chair makeover on

So what do you think?


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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Kristi posted on July 23, 2013 at 1:17 am (#

    You just made me believe that I could actually redo a chair. Thanks!

  2. Happier Than A Pig in Mud posted on July 23, 2013 at 5:37 am (#

    Your chair turned out great, love the color! Thanks for the fun (and yummy) give-away:@)

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm (#

      Thanks! Yellow is such a fun and cheery color…love it! :)

  3. Cindy Brickley posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:37 am (#

    Reading blogs like yours gives me inspiration and ideas. Keep up the great work you do. Thanks for posting the redo and giveaway.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm (#

      Thanks for the nice comment Cindy! xo

  4. Emily @ LaForce Be With You posted on July 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm (#

    Looks wonderful! Where did you find the chair?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm (#

      I found it at good will! :)

  5. Mindy posted on July 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm (#

    Love this chair.. can I have it? lol No really, I have an old chair that is certainly in need of a makeover. Thanks for the INSPIRATION!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm (#

      Lol! Good luck on your makeover! You got it girl! :)

  6. Crystal posted on July 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm (#

    I love the chair!! Love the yellow and chevron pattern!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  7. LeAnn posted on July 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#

    I love that you just dig right and go for it! I love that you take things from your everyday and make it suit your families lifestyle .
    I used your chalk paint recipe and painted my old bar stools barn red!
    Just one question I would love to buy Annie sloans milk paint, but the cost is just to much! Would you use your chalk paint on bedroom furniture?
    Thanks and I love your blog!

  8. Ann Nikitina posted on September 10, 2013 at 7:53 am (#

    Wow. Your DIY is just amazing. Now I am inspired by you and I am going to refinish my chair for sure.