DIY Chair Makeover

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Chairs are something that I seem to come across often and always at an affordable price. Now these chairs always need a little love and cleaning before I would ever let them in the house. I scored this great chair at the Brimfield Antique Market for only $5. Here is how I made it from a drab filthy chair to a cute desk or vanity chair for only $10. 

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I didn't actually realize how filthy the chair was until I got out my bottle of windex. Yes windex! It is going to your best friend when cleaning up antique or yard sale finds. It's not just for windows anymore.  

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The chair I bought thinking it was green was actually blue.  I don't think it had ever seen any cleaner.

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Now the secret to finding cheap paint is the oop section at Lowe's or Home Depot. I found this creamy orange color for only $1 for a sample can. The sample was enought for 2 coats and I still had about half the sample left for another project. 

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Now I already have this wood spray I use it on everything. You can get it on amazon or Lowe's. 

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This fabric was a great score I got it on clearance for $4 a yard at Grey Fabric & Notions in the South End of Boston. I bought the fabric not knowing what I would be doing with it. This is how I buy most materials and let them inspire a project or determine a color scheme.  Visit Grey Fabric & Notions website here. They also have a great blog.

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So I opted to leave the cushion on. I never really like to deal with the nails. Solution just staple over them. 

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If you find yourself starting to do a lot of these projects I suggest you get a good staple gun.   This one is 20.99 at Joann's and there is almost always a 50% or 40% off coupon.

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Cut fabric with about 3-4 inches beyond the cushion.

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Staple fabric alway keeping it tight. Make sure to tuck the corners

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Make sure to trim down the excess fabric. 

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Finished project can easily be done in one day or over a weekend. Great updated look for a desk or bedroom. My dream one day is to have a farm table with all different upcycled chairs complementing each other. Need to get the house first ;) Hope you enjoyed!