14th Jan2013

Thrift Store Chair Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Thirft Store Chair Before and After

I e-meet some amazing people online, especially on my Facebook page.  I often ask advice, and I always respond to comments, questions, and suggestions.  I often get emails and posts of fellow DIY’ers showing me their talents and own unique projects.  Lily Meehan from Ventura, California sent me a fun Upcycled Penny Table that she made and I posted it not too long ago.  More recently, she sent me a fantastic chair make over.  This chair has some great bones and lovely lines.  I asked her to share it with my DIY Inspired readers.  Here is Lilly’s Thrift Store Chair Makeover.

Written by Lilly Meehan

This chair was found in a thrift store, but not purchased right away. However, the unusual lines were intriguing to me and it kept bothering me.  It went on sale and I was able to pick it up for a song, thankfully no one else saw the potential in it before I decided to buy it.   The old seventies style fabric had to go, and it was beat up and in need of a new paint job.  After filling the nicks and dents and gentle sanding, it was ready for paint.  The old upholstery nails were removed and replaced, along with repainted wheels.

Chair Makeover Tutorial

The excellent upholstery was done by highly skilled seamstress and my longtime friend Pam James, restoring it to a warmth and richness it deserved.   It is an unusual piece to be treasured for years to come.

Lilly Meehan, Ventura, CA

Here are more Before and After photos.

Flea Market Chair Makeover

Upholstered Chair Makeover


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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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