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Ordinary to Funky

Facelift Upcycling

As you probably know we here at DMO absolutely love bringing new life to old products. Here is another installment of Facelift Upcycling from one of our designers. Please view our other projects for more ideas.


When moving into her home in 2009, one of our designers was left a single ordinary dining chair in the work room of the basement. In semi-decent condition, she didn’t see a reason to throw it out, so it became her sewing and craft-room chair. Well for the longest time, her craft room was hidden in a room in the corner of her basement, so the simple (and a bit beat up) chair was just fine. However, when it came time to move her craft room (due to a growing family) into a space that was visible to all her guests, she no longer wanted plain and ordinary. But why waste money on a new chair, especially when fun and funky chairs can cost you upwards of $300! So instead she decided that her old chair would work fine once it had a facelift.

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First she took to sanding down the chair. She stared with a larger grit (around 80) to get the old shiny lacquer off the surface. Then she worked her way down through a couple more grit becoming finer and finer, until she finished off the sanding at a 220 grit. Doing this allows the courser grit papers to remove the old finish and the finer grits smooth out the surface allowing for a smooth paint application.

When picking a color for the chair, she knew that it would be against white cabinetry and atop a dark wood floor, so she could be bold in her color choice. She had found an amazing piece of fabric at the store and was inspired by the color palate. So with that, along with her knife stand that she had for some years (the craft room was going to be affixed to the kitchen, so it made the most sense to run the color scheme through both rooms), she chose a vibrant lime green color for the base coat of the chair. Because of the uneven surfaces of the chair (spindles, legs, curved seat and back) she decided to go with a spray paint for the base coat. Because of the bold color choice, it took more coats than normal to provide complete coverage, at 5 coats total.


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Once the lime green was completely dry, our designer knew it needed a funky touch. She went back to her inspirational piece of fabric and pulled more colors out that she wanted to use for wall colors, accent colors, and the like, coming up with this color palette:

Color Palette

She then got a few sample sized cans of each of the paints in a satin finish and decided to create an accent on her new chair. Using painters tape, she taped off varying sized stripes in different directions on the chair and painted them different colors from her palette. (With this, you must complete each stripe separately if there is any overlap, and allow paint to dry for a minimum of 24 hours, or the paint’s curing time, before applying the overlapping tape for the next stripe. Also, due to the curves of the chair, measuring for straight lines was a moot point, rather you would need to just eyeball what looks straight because it may actually need to curve a bit to appear straight to the eye… and what you see is more important than a measurement you took.) Once all the stripes were fully cured, our designer used a spray polyurethane to cover the chair to prevent scratching, chipping, and most importantly to make the surface smooth for sitting.

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With a little work, our designer’s ordinary left-behind chair was now as fun and funky as she was, making for the perfect focal point to her new space.