Hello again! Today I decided to wrap up a thrift shop chair project that I’ve been working on. We went thrift shopping a week or so back and we picked up an awesome thrift shop desk find. The desk was so cool we decided to go back a few days later to see what else we could find. We found a neat little chair that needed some serious help.
Thrift Shop Chair Makeover
Okay, when I say “we”, I mean Katie. She found the chair. I walked right by it and she said “what about this chair?!” I said hmm. It was pretty nasty, lol. I reluctantly sat on the chair and to my surprise it was really sturdy! I mean really sturdy. I’m not a small guy and it didn’t wiggle a bit. The legs were strong, the back was strong – the bones of the chair were rock solid! It’s a great thrift shop find!
We had just left another thrift shop before coming to this one. They also had a chair we liked, but it was $20, and pretty busted up. It needed a lot of work, more work than the chair was worth. So, I pessimistically asked how much this chair was. “Five bucks” the cashier said – how can I argue with that? For 5 bucks it’s not even worth dickering over. So, we bought it!
Refinishing the Chair
The chair cleaned up pretty quickly. I removed the seat from the chair and sanded the wood down with my RYOBI orbital sander. It went fairly quickly, there were a few spots which needed to be sanded by hand with sand paper and a couple of other spots that needed a little wood filler to make the chair look like new again. All in all the refinishing process went quite easily. The detail in the center of the chair back required a little extra time to sand and clean up. But all in all fairly easy.
I also hit JO~ANN Fabric to pick up a new seat pad and a piece of fabric. It’s always funny going into JO~ANN because the ladies are always surprised to see a guy in there, or at least they act that way. Always overly helpful and acting all giddy. Anywho – I chose the blue and white chain link type pattern and think it looks pretty cool.
After the sanding process was complete, I went ahead and gave the chair several coats of paint. The wood was very porous and it took a couple extra coats of paint than it should have. I used RUST-OLIUM Universal Matte French Cream paint and primer in one and it seemed to work well, the color was more of a white than I thought the can indicated, but I think it came out great nonetheless.
I haven’t decided what I’m doing with the chair yet. If we don’t find a place for it here at the house, I might just donate it back to the thrift shop I got it from. Maybe… who knows!
Want more? Check out my thrift shop desk makeover, you won’t believe how awesome this turned out!
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