Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dropcloth Chair Tutorial

Do you ever stumble upon a great deal and wish you would've bought more?  Well, that is how I felt after bringing home these 4 beauties.

ASCP Old White, clear wax, dropcloth cushion
OK, well, they actually didn't look anything like this when I found them {but I knew they had potential}.  I will have to admit that when I first saw the ad for $5 and $10 chairs {100's of them} then I was a little skeptical.  I called the number listed and the {very sweet} lady explained that her family was turning an old Country Buffet into a Japanese restaurant and they were trying to sell the old decor.  I could not get to my car fast enough.  When I arrived, they had literally gutted the entire restaurant and we maneuvered over boards and broken tile to a back room filled to the ceiling {literally} with tables and chairs.  I stood amazed as this tiny, sweet lady climbed to the top of the pile and very patiently handed me chair after chair until we found a few suitable ones.  I scored these for $5 a piece. 


I know...they look pretty junky {and not in the good kind of way}, huh?  I knew that with a little paint and new seat cushions they would be transformed.  If you have not reupholstered a chair seat then you should!  Simple and I'm going to show you how!  Start by flipping the chair upside down and find the screws holding the seat cushion on. 


Remove those and place them in a baggie so you don't lose them.  Next clean the chair to remove any dirt or grease.  I grabbed what I had close by and it worked like a dream...baby wipes!  Paint the chair using your preferred colors and technique.  I used Old White, distressed with clear wax. 

ASCP Old White, clear wax, dropcloth cushion
 While the wax is curing you can recover the seat.  If your seat is in decent shape, you don't even have to remove the old fabric.  Since my seats were ripped {and smelled like fried chicken} then I removed the old fabric but reused the foam.  I like a firmer seat so I chose to add a liner over the foam.  Muslin works really well but you can use anything that you have on hand {even a twin sheet}.  Lay your cushion upside down on the muslin.  Cut around the cushion being sure to leave enough to staple.



Now, grab your heavy duty stapler.  Pull the fabric taught, staple and repeat on each of the four sides.



After you have stapled each side once, continue stapling around the entire cushion being sure to pull the fabric taught each time.  Gather the fabric neatly and staple to make nice, neat corners.


Trim off any excess and your seat should look like this.


Repeat the same steps with the fabric of your choice.  I love the look of linen but wanted something more durable so I used a dropcloth.  {Yes, as in a canvas paint dropcloth.}  When you launder a dropcloth you end up with a soft, knotty fabric that is really beautiful.  Reattach you cushion and you have a gorgeous new chair!

ASCP Old White, clear wax, dropcloth cushion

ASCP Old White, clear wax, dropcloth cushion

I'm so tempted to drive back over and see if she has more because I am keeping these for myself but know that someone else would love to have a set!

ASCP Old White, clear wax, dropcloth cushion

Just to keep it real...this is what DIY {really} looks like at my house.



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12 comments:

  1. So cute! And what an amazing deal on the chairs!

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  2. What a steal.... Love how they came out. On the AS paint you really don't have to sand anything? I am just now trying to learn how to revamp furniture...Thank you so much for the tips on the cushions :)

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    1. No sanding! Seriously, all I do is wipe down the pieces and paint. These chairs were really shiny and it adhered perfectly.

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  3. the chairs look lovely, but i really love that table! gorgeous!

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  4. I loved your chairs!
    I bought a dining set and as soon as the weather is better (we have not had a week of sunshine yet here in Vancouver BC Canada)I plan to re-do them!
    My plan is to paint everything in Paris Grsy, except the top of the tsble I will leave it wood color.
    Cheers,

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  5. What a score those chairs were! Love what you did with them--they look fantastic!

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  6. Cindy...wen i paint withascp it goes streaky or balls up...i tried adding water and not over workin the brushing. I end up having to sand it smooth before waxing but then it gets a velvet feel...which is nice but it doesnt look great...not a solid colour like normal wood paint gives. Im in the uk...i have a very new very small business..please take a look at me on www.tatteredelegance.co.uk. ..a face book link is on contacts page. Pls add me..i learn a lot from u. hayleyjane

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    1. Chalk paint is designed to look hand painted and will deliver a finish with dimension. I have not experienced it balling up but wonder if it is thickening up on you. Chalk paint thickens very quickly compared to other paints. I never leave my can open while painting. I actually pour some paint in a bowl and even have to add a little water if it thickens too much. If I want a full coverage finish, I apply 2 coats. Paint the first coat full strength and mix a very small amount of water to the paint to thin it out for the second coat. If you are looking for a smoother finish without much dimension then I would recommend using latex or oil-based paint.

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  7. Anonymous9/27/2012

    Do you know what weight your dropcloth was? I bought one to use on some chairs, and after laundering I worried that it wasn't heavy enough for the wear of a seat cushion. Mine was 8 oz. and labeled Heavy Weight.

    I think your chairs look great.

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  8. You are so sweet and polite...a joy watching all your videos. Could it be possible to have a lesson on painting fabric, such as chair or chesterfield? Thank you very much for your detailed instructions, will be using in the near future.

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