Chairs with Flair

Chairs with Flair

Well, hi there! Welcome to Monday! Are you all sugared up from Easter? I am still full of jelly beans and ham, which sounds pretty gross now that I think about it. So, how about some candy colored chairs for your viewing pleasure? Sure to delight without raising your blood sugar.

First from Better After reader Riley who salvaged this chair that had apparently served several faithful years as a cat scratching post and covered it in a cheerful floral.

Next, a fun and flowery redo of a country kitchen chair. I seriously don’t know how they managed to squeeze so much country into one chair. There’s a heart cut-out, knotty pine and sage gingham! I wouldn’t be surprised if it was wearing cowboys boots and there was a banjo painted on the back. Looks so cute now though! See it on her blog Centsibly Chic Sisters.

And finally a drab rocker (and I do mean DRAB. Just looking at that cushion might require Prozac) gets an update from Manjari who traded in the gilded fruit decals for a fresh coat of paint and colorful stencils. It looks brand spanking new! Thanks ladies!



  1. April 25, 2011 / 4:15 PM

    Olá, diariamente acompanho este blog que adoro de paixão/. Estas cadeira ficaram realmente lindas e com certeza inspiradoras. Bjos

  2. April 25, 2011 / 5:43 PM

    Love the bright colors!

  3. April 25, 2011 / 6:26 PM

    too cute…LOVE that first chair!

  4. April 25, 2011 / 7:56 PM

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  5. April 25, 2011 / 7:58 PM

    I am loving these chairs! So bright and cheerful!

  6. April 25, 2011 / 8:45 PM

    That armchair is amazing! Beautiful colors!

  7. April 25, 2011 / 10:13 PM

    Mm these are good ones, all of them!

  8. April 25, 2011 / 10:41 PM

    I’m loving the fun and funky florals!

  9. April 26, 2011 / 10:08 AM

    Love all the makeovers, but I do agree the arm chair is AMAZING! I have one I need to redo but I’m a little intimidated by it. Any pointers for a beginner? GREAT job!

  10. April 26, 2011 / 2:01 PM

    Hey Heather! Riley here, I was intimidated too. The chair sat in my living room for almost a year before I finally got the nerve to tackle it. Here are some tips and feel free to ask any questions.

    1. Use this website:

    2. Watch Youtube videos – especially when it comes to using metal tack strip

    3. Unless you have a upholstery shop willing to sell you metal tack strip, you will have to buy it online.

    4. Each chair is different and it is a learning process along the way. I followed that website but varied a little bit in the order of reupholstering each section. It all depends on the chair.

    I have many other tips from my learning experience plus more pictures. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  11. April 26, 2011 / 11:51 PM

    love them all!!!!!!!!! as specially the top one!!!=]

  12. April 26, 2011 / 11:51 PM

    love them all!!!!!!!!! as specially the top one!!!=]

  13. April 27, 2011 / 1:38 AM

    Those chairs look so happy and fun now!

  14. Anonymous
    May 2, 2012 / 2:37 PM

    AMAZING wow….you are so very talented.

  15. Anonymous
    November 12, 2012 / 5:30 PM

    Hi Riley, Your chair looks amazing! Where is the fabric from? I’d like to seek a few yard out for another project. Thanks, Joanne

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