I just love a pretty vanity chair. I’ve always wanted to have a beautiful vanity in my bedroom with the daintiest of gilded vanity chairs to pair with it. I have yet to find the perfect set for my bedroom but on my quest I did happen to stumble upon a precious pint sized vanity chair at a local estate sale. The fire engine red houndstooth vinyl seat was an eyesore but beyond that there was a beautifully shaped chair that was just perfect for my baby girl’s nursery.
Just look at that shiny vinyl seat. Yikes. The vinyl was in great condition leading me to believe it had been reupholstered recently. The fabric was a surprising choice for such a feminine chair, but to each his/her own right?
Since I had already tackled that upholstered cornice, I was feeling like I could handle reupholstering this chair. Of course a custom sewn seat cover with a nice welt would look best, but when your short on funds and sewing skills, the staple gun is your best friend. I carefully ripped off all the vinyl from the seat and back cushion. I had no idea what I was going to uncover when I took off the fabric but was pleasantly surprised to find the cushion in salvageable condition along with a wood base.
I saved the existing button to use with my new upholstery since it was already the perfect size and ready to go. I laid out the fabric and positioned it to where I wanted and started cutting a circle around the seat.
I then pulled and stapled the fabric to the wood seat base. The wood was pretty dense and the staples weren’t going all the way through. To make sure they were secure and weren’t going to be a hazard, I took a hammer and nailed them flush to the base. The button was pulled up through the fabric and secured by the brad-like prongs. I stapled each side down to make sure it was extra tight.
I chose a neutral linen to go on the back pad to compliment the coral floral fabric. All that was left before I attached the cushions back on the chair was a quick couple of coats of spray paint to revamp the brass.
Overall, I think the chair turned out pretty good. I am still an upholstery newbie and definitely don’t have all the kinks worked out yet. I don’t love the folds in the fabric but no matter which way I tried pulling, tucking or folding the fabric, they were still there. Maybe some of you upholstery vets know a solution (besides sewing) for this?
The chair looks adorable in the nursery and once she is old enough will look super cute with a mini vanity or craft table. I purchased the chair for $35 and since I already had the spray paint and linen fabric, all this makeover cost me was $8 for a yard of coral fabric.