Monday, October 17, 2011

Hmmm I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew.

I picked up these chairs for $15 for the pair.

An impulse buy - Great shape, solid wood BUT....

1) they are already painted in thick black paint and have been viciously, horribly distressed with what looks like a chisel rather than fine sandpaper - not sure if the surface will be revived with a good sanding so I may have to get paint stripper as well, eek

2) one of the chair backs is broken - will need to glue and fill gaps, eek.

3) both are wobbly, eek.

4) the seats are covered in paint splattered green velvet (gross) which I will need to replace but I have never reupholstered ANYTHING, EVER. Double EEK.


This may be a mistake. But a $15 mistake at most, plus paint, fabric etc. Hmmmm, Ok. Need to stop panicking and stuck in. Wish me luck.




  1. uurrmmmm that looks like really hard work Sophie!! I'm going to try and be optimistic for you :) I can't wait to see if you can rescue these!!

  2. thanks Lucy! I've been sanding today and had to go out and buy more sandpaper. First coat of primer is on though so making progress!

  3. You can do it! The seats will be easy~it's like wrapping a present. And then using staples. :)

    They're going to be gorgeous! They have some great details on the legs, and the backs have a great shape. I'd say they were a good score!

  4. ah thanks Suzanne - stuck with it and finished them - will be posting results soon!