When you have that ugly chair, and don't know what to do with it.... here's a solution.
Reupholster it in burlap and personalize it with a painted monogram for a charming NEW chair!
We started out with this sad old chair found in a dumpster at a corporate office that had definitely seen better days. I wiped it down and washed the wood with soap and water to get the party started.
Next step was to paint the wood with gold metallic spray paint to get rid of the scratches in the arms and legs.
Measure your chair to see how much fabric you need. We used burlap, but you can use any fabric you would like, and that would look nice with a painted monogram.
Gather your supplies:
Textile Paint, or Acrylic Paint and Textile Medium
Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion
Temporary Spray Adhesive
Sponge Paint Roller
Twine or Rope
Here's a tip: When cutting burlap, find the exact place to cut. Cut a single thread and then pull the thread out completely.
Then you have a perfectly straight line to cut where the thread has been pulled out. This will decrease fraying and keep the fabric straight when applying to your projects.
Cut a piece of fabric and glue below the arm rest, placing the selvage edge next to the wood to prevent fraying.
Cut fabric to cover the bottom of the chair with sides long enough to tuck under seat of chair with 2-inches extra to glue underneath the chair.
Then cut fabric from the bottom edge of the fabric to the base of the arm in a "Y".
Apply adhesive around to top of the arm.
Tuck the fabric under and press into adhesive.
Pull the tucked fabric to secure the adhesive.
Turn fabric under at the corner of the chair and glue the fabric at the top edge of the leg.
Pleat remaining fabric on both sides of leg, then glue to the bottom of the seat.
Apply adhesive and push fabric into the crack of the chair.
Glue fabric to the bottom of the chair.
Pin fabric in place while it dries, if necessary.
Cut fabric to cover arms of chair. Pin in place.
Turn chair on it's side and glue fabric to the bottom on the arm.
Now to do the back of the chair!
Measure the chair back.
Cut fabric 6-inches large than measurements.
Pin the fabric to the chair to determine placement of the stencil.
Mark with straight pins.
Place waxed paper under fabric.
Apply temporary adhesive to back of stencils.
Adhere stencil to fabric.
Squeeze paint onto paper plate, roll paint onto stencil.
Let paint dry for 5 minutes, then peel away stencil.
Repeat paint steps for monogram. Let dry completely.
Place painted fabric on chair for placement.
Apply glue in the crack of the chair.
Push fabric into the adhesive with a craft stick.
Pull fabric to the back of the chair. Apply adhesive and pin to hold until dry.
Apply glue and wind twine or rope around the joints of the arms. Let dry.
There's your new chair! A little bit of farm chic style for a charming accent piece for the home or office.