Chair Redo Inspiration

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I can hardly wait for warmer weather.  I long to fling open the garage doors and start a spray painting and staining frenzy in my driveway!  I want to redo my dining room chairs along with a few other chairs in my house, and was looking for some inspiration and ideas to start the planning process.  Below are a few of my favorites.

While I will probably safely choose the extremely boring process of re-staining the wood and updating the cushions, I want to be prepared in case a chair that is not part of my set flings itself at me unexpectedly {which actually did happen to me once during a snowstorm-a pickup truck carrying unsecured oak chairs lost its cargo and a chair flew into my beloved sports car hitting the front bumper and then making its way under my wheels…yes, fun certainly ensued that day!}.


I love the deep turquoise and the lively chair cushion pattern….I really like this combination!


I love wicker.  What fun to find some inexpensive chairs at a yard/garage sale this summer or save some from the trash and paint as above.  {If you click on the picture it will take you right to the directions and details for doing so!}


If you want to redo your chairs maintaining a more traditional look, Martha Stewart has all of the details in this excellent tutorial Antiquing a Chair.  I don’t have a picture, but Martha Stewart also had a tutorial on recovering a chair.

Angelic Accents
Angelic Accents


Stephanie has a wonderful blog  just packed with great tips and ideas.  The chairs above are so pretty and the “skirt” is a unique twist.  Visit Angelic Accents for the how-tos.


If you find a chair that’s too far gone to redo and use as a chair, why not think outside of the box and use it for storage.  The complete instructions are available in video form at BHG.

You can’t really tell from the picture but the chair seat is now a shelf…it is a very functional chair redo.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my chair inspiration.  When I get mine redone I will be sure to post pictures.

I am linking this over at Julia’s Hooked on Houses for the weekly blog carnival.  Be sure to click on over their for wonderful ideas, inspiration and great links!

hugs, mb

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  1. Your chair inspirations are wonderful! I know what you mean about wanting to get started on projects once the weather is better. So much energy comes with the sun. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do with your chairs! ~Arleen

    Arleen´s last blog post..Inspiration ~ French Doors & Windows

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE the turquoise chair!

    It’s already warm here (in Texas, LOL), so I’ve already been doing some painting. It’s so nice to be able to be outside again.

    living with lindsay´s last blog post..Hooked on Monograms

  3. Hi there~ Love all of your chair re-do’s. I “re do” everything around here. And I think we are all getting the paint itch! Just last weekend I took armfuls of things to the basement for a quick spray paint. Cream is needed in this house full of black and dark rustic colors. I am ready for Spring!

    Misti of Studio M Designss´s last blog post..Featured Store: The Paisley Farmhouse

  4. I love the turquoise chair!

    Angela´s last blog post..Re-design your room with what you have already!

  5. Very cool!

    Maya@Completely Coastal´s last blog post..The Color Shell Pink

  6. Great inspirations for chairs! Thanks for linking to the tutorials also! :D Jewel

    carolinajewel´s last blog post..Metamorphosis Monday- Foyer

  7. I, too, have fallen for your turquoise chair. I love the color and want to go transform a chair (my favorite piece of furniture). Such a happy color. Thanks for sharing. cheers, -s

    Susan´s last blog post..Color Forecast for 2009 to 2010

  8. I LOVE those wicker chairs!! I hope to get to some yardsales this spring and pick up a few! Thanks for sharing all these tips!! I will certainly be using a few of them!! We have three porches on our house, and they need some attention! :-)
    ~angela @ peonypatch

  9. those chairs are all so fun–I never would have thought of painting dots and flowers on wicker chairs. awesome.

    aubrey´s last blog post..Bedheaded Randomness

  10. You know, gardening can be a lot of fun too :) Don’t forget to support us growers in the spring……you can even buy your plants at home depot while you are getting your paints and things!

    Tamara´s last blog post..Hooked on Keepin’ It Fun!

  11. I do love that turquoise chair!
    Good luck!

    Leila´s last blog post..What should a family room look like?

  12. Love this post! Thanks so much for featuring my chair makeover! It was really so simple to do. Hardest part was picking my fabrics!

    I’d love to try to make the BHG chair shelf ~ thanks for posting that video!

    You have a beautiful blog I will follow & visit often.

    Angelic Accents

  13. Great idea for the wicker chairs. I’ll be on the lookout now! Thanks for sharing.

    suzy homemaker´s last blog post..Hooked on Vintage Aprons….

  14. Thank you for sharing these great ideas with us! I think the turquoise chair is so pretty.

    Gayle´s last blog post..Free Crochet Duck Pattern

  15. Great post, I love to makeover old chairs with a lick of paint and some new fabric. Cheap, simple and fabulous – thanks for sharing :)

    Liz@VioletPosy´s last blog post..Hooked on…Bunting

  16. Great visuals and mucho information and links…makes me excited to follow some links and find an old chair…the predicted snowfall will probably curb my enthusiasm for a couple of days :-)

    janet bishop´s last blog post..FRENCH COUNTRY HOME

  17. Chairs are one of my favorite redos. Thanks for sharing the inspiring pictures!

    Kimm at Reinvented´s last blog post..Easy Art for Kids’ Rooms

  18. What great chair inspiration! There’s something about colorful chairs like that turquoise one or the wicker ones on the porch that make me smile. I have orange-painted chairs in the playroom that I love. Great post! :-)

    Julia @ Hooked on Houses´s last blog post..Before & After: My Home Office Gets a Fresh Look for Spring

  19. so many great and inspiring ideas – i think the turquoise one is my favorite too…I sure have a few that could use a facelift :)

    Alice Golden´s last blog post..Revisiting an old favorite


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