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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Redoing a Vintage Chair to Compliment Another

I was asked to redo this vintage chair... "go with" this old chair that I previously restored:

I answered, (tongue in cheek) "Sure!"

As both chair styles are completely different, I contemplated the finished project. Well, sanding and upholstering them to be similar wouldn't be a problem. What about the overall design?  It must have some turquoise on it, but where and how?  This 1947 chair (stamped underneath) clearly doesn't have the character the older one has.  Nor much room for add-ons.

Maybe... carving something in somewhere!

Having an idea, I went to work.

It had a brown paint and clear coat finish. 

The vinyl seat and back pad were in very good condition,
despite the appearance and the need to be reupholstered.

Overall,  it's very sturdy, no repairs needed. 

I removed the seat and back for sanding. 

After stripping and scraping,  I continued sanding. 

Until done. 

Then drew my geometric design on the front legs, hopefully matching up to the Old Chair.

Chiseled out the design, of a simple diamond and a fading line above and below.

Turquoise paint worked in the diamond shape,  and then I stained the whole chair.

Then I added black paint here and there for an old distressed look.

I used the black paint and dry brushed the feet.

Then applied a coat of lacquer.

Reupholstered the seat and backrest. 

And then I put it all back together. 

Kind of goes with the "Old Chair Redo" now doesn't it?  

It's ready to go home... be with this. 

"So happy together" 
The Turtles, 1967


~ A cute little storage stool was added to the collection~ 


The Dedicated House


  1. Ha, that tickled me with the Turtles song at the end, perfect! As for this chair it is ingenious and I rather think I like it better than the first one, if possible. You had me as to what you were going to design and the outcome was as the new owners probably said..more than expected.

  2. Wow.. that was some challenge and you totally outdid yourself. That 'new' chair is barely recognizable. Beautiful job!

  3. This is incredible! I hope the owners were thrilled -they should be… all the little details are amazing and totally tie it into the first chair without copying. Flashback - The Turtles (good one). I just found you from the link-up, and I'm so glad I did! I'm following you on Facebook and I will be back.

  4. See I would love to be able to do things like that. Sadly the crafty gene fell to my older sisters. dagnabbit.

  5. This is so beautiful and creative! i can't believe it is the same chair with such so little changes! thanks for sharing this - i am not handy myself but my daughter would love to try out this! i will share this with her! Thanks, passing by from the click n chat link up. Marwa @

  6. What a creative idea for matching the styles! You were brave to take a chisel to that chair and it turned out great!
    Blessings, Deborah

  7. Great post! I would love to see you next week at

  8. What an awesome transformation and I think you made a great matching set here.... beautiful....

  9. That song was in my head all night after posting this! The owner was very happy with the design and sent me home with a foot stool to match both chairs! We are going to work on the whole room now. Ha! Now I'll have to work with more tunes :)

  10. Thank you, Kim! It was fun to do. :)

  11. I'm so happy you stopped Cyndi. The owner loved the new addition and sent me home with a foot stool to match up. I couldn't help the tune, it seemed appropriate :D
    Now to get the song out of my head~

  12. I bet you can do these types of redo's, Angel. Start out with something small and not overwhelming. Even a photo frame or mirror can be made up any way you would like. How about a chalkboard for the grandbabies? I'd be happy to help you along. Feel free to contact me anytime.

  13. You got that right! I was brave. Then I chickened out. Then decided "why not"? Thanks so much, Deborah :)

  14. Thanks, Kim! I will be there. This great spring weather has me working outdoors and I'm pulling things out of my garage storage. And there are the little crafty things going on too ;) I'm glad you stopped by!

  15. Thank you so much, Marwa! I'm glad you are sharing with your daughter. I hope you will share with us what she does. I admire seeing others' work. Thank you for stopping by too, I really appreciate it!

  16. I am inmpressed with your wood carving skills. What a great transformation.

  17. Wow Robin! You are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of our Let's Get Real readers. You may have saved a whole bunch of chairs from going into the trash with this post. I can't believe the transformation and your imagination.

  18. Awww, thanks so much! I hope this inspired many to salvage what they already have or not pass up a great find. The possibilities are there with a little bravery and determination. As I always say, "Just Redo It!"

    Thank you for visiting.

  19. Hello Robin! So fun to find you on #smallvictoriessunday! You have an amazing talent! This transformation is amazing. I love all of the extra touches you did to make this chair into a piece of artwork. Lovely! Can't wait to share on Pinterest! Thanks for posting on #smallvictoriessunday- we hope to see you again next week!

  20. Oh my, thanks so much for sharing! I'm so glad to link up with you and I'll be stopping by as often as I can! Thank you for the invite :)

  21. Nan a.k.a. Granny FabulosaApril 14, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Nice job!

  22. Angela @ Life in VelvetApril 14, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    I absolutely love this! Gorgeous transformation to go along with the first one! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE! I'm planning to include this in a furniture makeover roundup I'm putting together. Have a great week :)

  23. This is a great chair make over. It's hard to believe it's the same chair, I like that you added the diamond accent on the chair. It helps tie into the first chair. Thanks for sharing this at the Let's Get Real Friday Link Party.

  24. Aww, thank you Angela! I'll be sure to stop by and see you again! Happy Easter!

  25. I'm so glad you stopped to view the post and process to achieve the "match up". Thank you, Nicky!