A DIY project – renovating an old dining chair

I desperately wanted a princess chair for my dressing table but the chairs I’ve seen in places like Laura Ashley and Dunelm are way out of my price range – so I very politely asked my husband to help out with the renovation of an old mahogany dining chair. We chose a dusky blue Crown paint ‘etiquette’ for the frame and bought a length of silver fabric trim from Dunelm.

The first step was to remove all the tacks from around the edge of the fabric and gave the fabric a good clean with some upholstery foam. Once dried we covered the edges of the fabric with masking tape ready for painting. A quick sand and a couple of coats of the blue paint was enough to cover the dark wood and once it had dried we used a hot glue-gun to over the rough edge with the lovely silver trim.

We then rubbed over the paint with sandpaper so that some of the wood showed through and lightly flicked a little white paint onto the edges with a paint brush for a distressed look and to highlight the wood carving. Beautiful!

 

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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