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

of I Heart Naptime

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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12 comments on “Refinishing a chair {before & after}”

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

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

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

  4. Looks wonderful! Where did you find the chair?

  5. 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!

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

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

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