After using my HomeRight FinishMax Paint Sprayer to re-hab my daughter’s future toy chest, I was just itching to use it on something else too.
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This thing was a total game changer. Enter the French Country Chair makeover. Luckily, I had this old chair waiting on me in my basement.
A friend had picked up this chair, along with that desk beside it, for me at a yard sale. The chair doesn’t look that bad in this image, but a quick removal of that cat hair ridden cushion….
Yep, the caning was shot. But before, I worried about that, I had to paint this bad boy.
After removing the fabric on the arms, I got it all set up to spray. With as many curves, nooks, and crannies as this thing has, I was not going to hand brush it.
I plugged in my HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer and got started.
The fabulous thing about this paint sprayer is that it doesn’t require an air tank to run, you simply plug it in to an electrical outlet.
After giving the chair a coat of primer, a couple coats of paint, (all of which I thinned with a little water), and topcoat of Polycrylic, I brought it in to start the job of re-upholstering it. Obviously, it needed a new seat bottom. I did not want to re-cane the chair and I didn’t want to just put wood strips there to hold a cushion in place, because I absolutley did not want to sew a cushion with that many curves. Grunt Labor decided he would just make a piece of wood to replace the broken cane in the shape of the seat. Bless his heart, he tried so hard, but just couldn’t get those curves right and the piece of wood just never would sit on there perfectly.
After an evening of failed attempts that almost ended our marriage, I finally got a piece of wood cut that fit pretty well.
I laid it on my foam padding, and cut the foam out.
I covered that with batting to smooth any rough edges, and there were many. I finished the seat off with green velvet fabric and some decorative trim that I just hot-glued to the bottom.
For the arms, I put a layer of batting, then the green fabric, stapled it down, and finally hot glued more of the trim around the edges to hide the staples.
Since the trim had that extra piece to glue around edges, I just cut it off close to the actual trim and hot-glued that side down.
And I love it.
I was worried I may have concentrated in some areas too much with the paint sprayer and caused some drips or runs.
But there isn’t a drip or run in sight.
Oh and no, nothing is wrong with the back.
I just like that pillow.
The finish is just flawless.
Thank you, HomeRight for making my life so much easier.
The sad part:
The chair doesn’t work for the space I intended it for.
But, I’m keeping it.
I. Will. Find. A. Place.
Oh, and by the way, cleaning the Finish Max is a breeze. It only takes 10 minutes!
UPDATE: This French Country chair has gotten a new, modern makeover! See it here!
More Chair Makeovers & Upholstery Posts:
How to Waterproof & Repel Stains on Fabric – trust me, you’re going to want to do this!
Polka Dot Painted Chair Makeover – learn how to paint upholstery!
How to Upholster a Cane Chair – a vintage can chair gets a modern look!
Upholstered Box Spring – a great way to cover your box spring without having to deal with a bedskirt!
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