Chair Upgrade: Diamond in the Rough

If you are a collector of all things old, enjoy a good deal, and don't mind a project, then this is the post for you!   A customer of mine found a GREAT chair at Habitat.  If you've ever been in Habitat you know, among the dust and randomness of "stuff", that it can be a challenge to find that diamond in the rough.   But the owner of this chair was successful in her search. 

Today's post features a "diamond in the rough" piece that has amazing potential, and I have the great honor of restoring it.  What the chair needs more than anything, is some sanding (like a lot of sanding).  Once that's done, then it's primer and than paint.  The chair also needs new upholstery....I have found several options which I'll show you here! 

Here is a look at the chair: 

I love the chair because it is well-made and has good bones.  It also has simple, clean lines.  I love a good clean line in furniture!    Below you can see the ware and tare and the desperate need for some serious sanding action...

After sanding and than sanding some more, a smooth finish was achieved.  Awesome.  No need for wood filler.  Next up: primer.  Then one last sanding and on to paint...finally! 

Now we're ready to talk paint....

The color?    Smoke Gray.   The owner desires a monochromatic look in the lower level of her home, where the chair will go.   Monochromatic means a base color that remains consistent throughout a space.  That base color is typically a neutral tone.  Grays, creams/whites are some common examples.  Some pop of color can also be added....and with this chair that will be achieved with the upholstery.  The fabrics below have potential with this chair....... 

Knowing the owner likes oranges and greens, and isn't afraid of pattern, I think any one of these could work, but I tend to lean toward the fabric in the center.  I question whether the larger print will be too large for a small piece of furniture?  I could see this as a non-issue though, if the fabric is positioned just right on the chair seat.    I will probably check out another fabric store...just to make sure I've seen ALL possibilities.  It's hard to stop at just one!   

I am wrapping up this post right now and heading back to the chair to do one last sanding before painting.   And you know how much I love the painting part!  

Have you every re-upholstered a piece of furniture?  My upholstery skills are limited to the basics,  but, this is yet another thing on my "to-learn" list!!!  My list is getting long!  I better get painting. 

Until next time my friends....

Thank you for reading!  I appreciate it so very much.  

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