Good Will Chair Re-Do


Okay, I know it took some time, but we were hosting Easter at casa FSL which is a very big deal, so it took some time to get the photos uploaded.  Without further ado…

If you read the previous post, you’ll know how excited I was about this chair I found at Good Will  for $5.99.

I did some serious thinking about the choice of paint color and style of fabric for this chair.  I wanted it to contrast in color with the new desk, but somehow work.  I also wanted the chair to be able to work as an accent chair in another room in the house if I ever get bored with it in the office (goodness knows how often I move furniture around in this house!).  Here’s how it unfolded…

First I flipped the chair over and unscrewed the 4 screws that held the cushion on.

Remove the cushion.

At this point, I realized that the cushion was broken.  Yes, I was that excited at the store to find the chair, I didn’t even think to look underneath.  Rookie mistake, doh!

I had to call for back up on this one.  Back up was my handyman father-in-law.  He came over with some masonite boards and a utility knife.  We traced the cushion, then cut it to the correct size.

Next, I sanded the shiny-ish wood until the scratches were pretty worn down.

Holy dust!

I used my husband’s thermal tee some rag I found in the garage 😉 to wipe off the crazy dust.

Since there was so much dust, I used the leftover tack cloth from the desk project to pick up any remaining particles.

Now, I placed plastic underneath the chair to protect the floor for the next step (unlike last time when I destroyed our  lawn). I sprayed on 2 thin coats of primer.

I took somebody’s advice & went with Rustolem primer instead of the Valspar I used last time.  I should have just stuck with what worked.  This stuff took 10 times longer to dry and was so runny!

After waiting what felt like 3 years, it was time for color. I chose to go with a neutral color for the paint.  I used Rustoleum’s Heirloom White (which, by the way, is a foolproof color –it goes with everything!).  A few light coats of that and it was looking good 8) .

Next I had to choose the fabric.  I picked out 3 patterns that I finally narrowed it down to.

I chose the multi-colored one because it had pops of turquoise which is picked up by the desk.   I cut a piece of batting and placed it over the old fabric, then tightly wrapped the patterned new fabric over it.  I used a staple gun to secure it as best I could to the back.

I was way too excited about the staple gun!  It’s definitely my new favorite tool.

HahHAHaH!  I look nuts!

I screwed the masonite onto the back of the broken piece and screwed the cushion onto the chair frame.

I added decorative nail heads to add some attitude!

This is what I ended up with.  I’m stoked considering it was my first time, and I had a broken chair to start with.  What do you think?

Rocco was diggin it too.


40 responses to “Good Will Chair Re-Do

  1. Mindy, I think you are my new favorite DIY person!!

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  3. oh my gosh! TOO cute and I LOVE the pup in your picture!!! Also, the fabric choice was perfect for the chair- modern and it brought in some of the color from the table without being matchy-matchy. 🙂

  4. Your chair re-do is looking great! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop.

  5. Looks like someone else is addicted to junk furniture and paint….once you start, you can’t stop….until your house fills up. 😛

    • OMG Michelle! It’s getting really bad! My eyes light up every time I see a chair on somebody’s curb that they’re throwing out! I’ve banned myself from craigslist for a week or two. It’s getting ridiculous!

  6. I LOVE it! Such as clever idea! You’ve got me all inspired to go in search of some old furniture now! You’re so creative. Thanks for the pics – I will definitely try myself!


  7. Wow, you’re DIY-awesome, Mindy 🙂

  8. This looks awesome!! you are the next Martha Stewart!

  9. this is so cute!!!! love the little doggie too haha. 🙂

  10. Amazing job! Love it both paired together now, the desk and the chair!

  11. Now that’s what I’m talking about. Looks great Mindy. And if you ever feel like it, you’ve got two other fabric options.

  12. Ahhh! You are so handy!! I need some lessons! Awesome chair!! Your teeth are soooo white, btw! HOW?!?!?!

  13. SO cute, great job!!

  14. So cute!!!!! Love the fabric you went with =)

  15. Oh, I love it, Mindy! So colorful:)
    I gotta confess, I’m on the lookout for something for my kitchen and I just can’t wait to paint it the same color as that desk of yours.

  16. sarahruthmiles

    It looks really pretty! Great job!

  17. Oh what a great transformation! You did a wonderful job. I wanted to let you know that I have hit a milestone on my blog and am having a giveaway of our all natural organic products. I hope you will enter.

  18. It’s perfect! I love it! So well done.

    P.S. Now I will think about sipping my AM protein shake in a martini glass each day! 😉

  19. It’s perfect. Good pick!

  20. great job!! love the result! gorgeous pattern on the chair and i love the blue dressing table with the keep calm and carry on sign on the wall!

    I’m blog hopping from homemakeronadime creative bloggers’ party and hop!

    Susan @

  21. good job! love that “keep calm” on the wall 🙂

  22. Nice job! it looks fantastic!

  23. Lookin good!!!!

  24. super cute!! your such a crafty gal. Love it.

  25. Cool project! Good job!

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