Lately I’ve been toying with the idea of giving a few rooms in our apartment a makeover. I suppose it’s because we have yet to really get our home in that place where I feel satisfied with the decor. Though I’m beginning to think that feeling doesn’t exist (someone please tell me that it does!). One thing that I’m finding with all my research, aka endlessly browsing Pinterest, is that a good and fashionable chair tends to be way over budget, at least for what I’m looking to spend.
Another finding is that it’s completely possible to makeover a basic chair with a few simple DIY methods. There are so many ways to turn a boring piece of furniture into a quality statement piece for your home, that I just had to roundup a few of my favorites. Here are ten diy chair makeovers I fell in love with:
In my previous post, I showed a bit of the behind the scenes and how I used my Intel Tablet to help plan this project. I was a bit nervous that the measurement feature would lead me astray, but I’m happy to report that everything turned out perfectly! Because of it’s RealSense technology, all I had to do to plan the project was take a photo. From there, I chose the two points I wanted to measure between, and it gave me the length (in this case, between the space between the bed/window). It also helped to have the tablet nearby when I was working so that I could consult the original tutorial before beginning. Well that, and watch Netflix. We all do that, right?
One of the main tips I can give is that you need to protect your wood, especially if this is a piece you want to keep in your house for a while. Wood cracks, and bugs like wood, so it could be problematic later on if left untreated. I used a polyurethane interior sealer, which is why this project takes so long (just dry time).
Apply one coat and let dry for 2 hours. Come back and then do 2-3 additional coats. When dry, you’ll also want to coat the other side as well as the sides.
Another thing that needs to be stressed is that while a self driving screw is handy, you need to pre-drill your holes beforehand. You do so with a drill bit that’s roughly the same side as your screw. If you don’t do this, your screw won’t really go anywhere and there’s a chance it will break.
Once your legs are screwed into place, your table is ready for use!
While the project wasn’t that difficult, it still feels like I accomplished something pretty amazing. What do you think? Would you ever take on a project like this?
Time: ~4 hours Materials: ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093EL, sander, Behr® Marquee™ Paint, Wooster® Pro 4.5” x 3/8” Shed-Resistant Knit Cage Frame Mini Roller and Wooster® Pro 2” Nylon Thin Angle Brush
It’s hard to believe I took this table home with me from the thrift store, but what can I say, I’m a sucker for a makeover project. After some basic TLC, all this table really needed was a fresh coat of paint. So naturally my first stop after leaving the store was to head to The Home Depot to gather everything I needed.
To prep the surface for painting, I peeled the existing paper as much as I could, then sanded the rest. Continue reading…
I found this beauty at Goodwill on half off furniture day for $8. The structure was in good condition, but the exterior, well as you can see from the photo above, that was a different story. I’ve stored my craft supplies in Ikea boxes over the years, which is a bit limiting. One advantage of converting our garage into a work space means that I have a dedicated space to leave my stuff (not just in piles around our living room anymore! Yay!).
This wasn’t the first time this dresser was painted. There were layers and layers of all sorts of colors hidden under the dirt on the outside. Instead of adding to the bulkiness and just painting over it again, I removed the paint with a heat gun and scraper. If you’ve never used a heat gun to remove paint before, just know that they’re amazing. Be careful though, they get extremely hot! Continue reading…