Vintage Sewing Chair Gets a Facelift

Hello, June!  Summer is an especially exciting time of year for me.  As a teacher, June brings the excitement of more time with my girls and just being able to relax.  Plus, it gives me a lot more time to finish all those projects on my to-do list!  Ahhh, summer is calling my name!

June DIY Challenge Collage

A few DIY bloggers and I have decided to take part in a monthly DIY challenge.  On the first Monday of every month, we’ll all share a project based on a theme.  This month, I’m completely in my comfort zone.  Find a diamond in the rough at a garage sale or thrift store and bring it back to life with a makeover.  After checking out my sewing chair, I’d sure love it if you checked out the other awesome projects created this month!

vintage sewing chair before

I found this adorable little chair at a garage sale, and as I picked it up a little drawer fell out, making it that much more charming!  What was not so charming were the four layers of smelly fabric, the disintegrating foam, and the scratched and worn finish – nothing that can’t be fixed with a little paint and fabric, though!

vintage sewing reupholstered chair

I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Artissimo, and the second coat unintentionally ended up being a tad lighter, so it created some variation in color.  Not really the look I was going for, but it’s okay, I can live with it.

reupholstered chair swatches

Underneath that red corduroy fabric were three other layers of fabric and some remnants of foam.  I love what Christy from Confessions of a Serial DIYer did when she uncovered multiple layers of fabric on an old bench – she stapled a swatch of each fabric on the bottom.  I took her lead, and did the same for this chair.  Now, the burgundy reds and mustard yellows will always be remembered.

vintage sewing painted chair

I used ModPodge to line the fabric on the inside of the drawer.  It’s the perfect place to stash that pair of scissors that I’m always searching for in the middle of a project.

vintage sewing chair paint and upholstered

Oh yeah, and I know that the antique sewing machine is nowhere near from the same era as this chair, but I just had to include it in the photo.  I found it at an estate sale for $20.  Yes, $20.  Of course, I have big plans for it, but for now, it’ll just be eye candy in the background.

vintage sewing chair

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