Drab to Fab Furniture Upcycling »
InstructionsThis project had elements of sewing, upholstery and furniture upcycling.
Curvature of chair ornamentation and finish required stripping (liquid sander / de-glosser was not enough on its own).
Drap to Fab class was a complete inspiration:
Strip the varnish off the chair
Paint with milk paint (3 coats)
Distress with sandpaper
Oil / wax over the Milk ...
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Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Retro / Vintage, Whimsical
Milk Paint (Snow White) Acrylic Mat Medium (substitute for Milk Pain ultra bond) Sandpaper Furniture Wax Upholstery Fabric & Supplies
What was your inspiration?
My inspiration for the project was the chairs themselves -- big and beautiful, but a little outdated. I wanted to update the brownie 60's version with a more antiqued appearance and groovy Parisian fabric.
What are you most proud of?
This was my first upholstery project. I think I did a pretty good job (did not want to pay the high cost of the work here in Geneva, Switzerland).
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Go slow, and don't be in a hurry (prevents making too many mistakes). If it is your first time doing a type of project, don't be afraid to 'do-over' by ripping out stitches and removing your new paint if needed. Make sure you have the proper tools!
While it is NOT economical to get furniture re-upholstered here in Geneva, Switzerland (they wanted five thousand dollars to recover these chairs), if you are anywhere else it is probably worth it to have someone else do it for you!