I buy a lot of ugly furniture. Dirty, tattered, damaged furniture. Mostly because it is inexpensive, but beyond that, I don't really see it as ugly, I can usually envision how it CAN look versus how it presently looks. Just like people, we all look better when we clean up a bit!
I liked this chair because it looks like a miniature stool. It is the height of a chair but it is tall and skinny like a stool. Definitely child-size.
The fabric was worn, torn and really dirty.
The chair was caked with dirt. I mean caked. Where on earth was this thing stored? And how long did it sit there? All fixable.
I removed the seat and cleaned the entire chair with Krud Kutter. This stuff works great—and I am not getting paid a dime to say that! I really like how it, well, cuts through the crud.
After it was clean, I coated it with Folk Art Chalk Paint in Rich Black.
I used 100 grit sandpaper to distress the piece in several places. Then I used Varathane Crystal Clear Polyurethane with a satin finish on the chair.
I removed all the old fabric and padding and covered the seat with new foam, batting and a black and white ticking canvas fabric.
I wanted to add a contrasting button on the seat so I used a small piece of black canvas material to make a fabric covered button. This is very easy to do. You can buy button cover kits at most fabric, craft or big box stores.
I used waxed upholstery thread to attach the button to the seat of the chair. I reattached the seat to the chair.
It is really cute now. Clean lines and really sturdy. It would be great as a time out chair. Who wouldn't want to spend some time on this? It's now ready for the next generation of use. It sold in less than a week after putting it in the shop. Before I even had a chance to write this post!
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