Chair Force

Chair Force
I realized that I haven’t posted a good chair round-up in quite a while, so let’s put an end to that drought, whattaya say?   Prepare for a sudden downpour of awesome chair makeovers! They are sure to inspire and send you dashing to your nearest thrift store to snag a fugly old chair of your own.
And speaking of fugly,  Amy’s chair was pretty much the definition of the word. She made it over with a cute yellow print that, get this: is just hot-glued right over the old fabric!  She said she was too lazy to do anything more. Ha! I know the feeling. She also claims that she used chalk paint over the wood, but it looks like a light color-wash to me.  Either way, I love the results.  See it on her blog  Queen of the Crazies.

Ally’s rocking chair was hardly rocking.  It was more like, feebly shuffling to the adult contemporary station. But after a deep, dark coat of Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore, it is hardcore once again. See it on her hilarious blog  Wish Simple.

Ashley went for a “Fifty Shades of Grey” look on her chair, by which I mean she painted the frame charcoal and used contrasting gray fabrics. Not like, she bondaged it out with ropes and whips or whatever.  I’m just guessing here, I have not read that book.  Anyway, it looks so very sophisticated now! See more on her blog First Home Dreams.

Katie at Happy Figs is living smack dab in the middle of Hawaii. So she knew she wanted a little Hawaiian flair on these Craigslist chairs that also reminded her of seashells. She freshened them up with bright white and a subtle tropical print and now she sells seashell chairs by the seashore.  Not really, ha!  Man, that was even hard to type.

Better After reader Bridgette is a full-time college student who has started remaking and selling furniture for a little extra money.  That sounds way better than what I did to make extra money in college: Sandwich Artist. And my boss was the creepiest creepster ever.  Yes, if I could turn back time, I’d much rather have been recovering an old chair with zebra print than slicing pastrami alongside that jerk.

If you hear the words “Barn Red” and think the words “Not on your life!” think again.  I’m not normally a huge fan of red, but this distressed tone alongside that coastal coral fabric of neutralness looks so chic together, I just can’t help myself!  From the incomparable Jesse at Nine Red.

Kimberly at Seriously Daisies had a serious case of hideous-chair-itis at her house. However, underneath that filthy fishing-themed fabric was a chair that was actually very comfortable and well made.  All it needed was some polka-dots.  Can you believe she did this all by herself?  Awesome.

And finally, Kristen at Rak’ Designs loved the style of these bergere chairs, but the fabric was a bit too reminiscent of a nursing home in the eighties. An upscale nursing home in the eighties perhaps, but still.  Nursing home. So she paired them up with a fun floral fabric that completely rejuvenated their look for a youthful yet elegant vibe. Loves.



  1. August 17, 2012 / 7:14 PM

    So many great chairs!

    Thanks for sharing mine 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    August 17, 2012 / 7:21 PM

    Love the gun the fishing pole, the arrows and other hunting paraphernalia in the background in the first pic EVEN the little pink bin it could be a picture from my house lol!

  3. August 17, 2012 / 7:58 PM

    Thanks so much for including my fugly chair in with these amazing before and afters!

  4. August 17, 2012 / 8:09 PM

    I love it, I love it, I love it, every chair has a special touch, I love it

  5. August 17, 2012 / 8:55 PM

    wow! i love that french chair (the 50 shades one). Isnt it amazing what a little zhushing can do?

  6. August 17, 2012 / 9:08 PM

    Nice redos…the red ones and the green polka dot one are so fun!

  7. August 17, 2012 / 9:29 PM

    They all look great! But I am in love with the green polka dot. It just looks so happy!

  8. August 18, 2012 / 1:28 AM

    I have to agree….although every single one of the makeovers are awesome, the green polka dot one really stands out. Not only does the fabric rock, but you can tell it was a very professional job too!

  9. August 18, 2012 / 3:03 AM

    Great inspirations! Gotta get movin’ on my thrift find chair.

  10. August 18, 2012 / 4:59 AM

    I would love to find a chair that I could play with and do a patchwork chair…fun

  11. August 18, 2012 / 12:20 PM

    Wow….I loved every single makeover! Well done.

  12. Anonymous
    August 18, 2012 / 3:42 PM

    I love the polka dot one. The upholstery job looks really professional.

  13. August 18, 2012 / 3:48 PM

    Thanks for featuring my rocking chair Lindsey! You….rock. Lol sorry

  14. August 18, 2012 / 8:55 PM

    Omg…love these chairs & have a few to recover. Your timing is impeccable! TY for Grrr8 content everytime 🙂

  15. August 20, 2012 / 1:27 AM

    Any idea how much it costs to pay someone to reupholster a rather large chair (like the green polka dot one)?

  16. August 20, 2012 / 3:00 PM

    Thank you so much for including my Bergere Chairs! They are in very good company!!!

  17. August 22, 2012 / 10:50 PM

    Great chairs!

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