The Chair Makeover – Magpie Monday

This week for MapieMonday I found this great chair in my local charity shop, for some reason it was only £5, we were really surprised about this as normally the chairs sell for £10 upwards.  I don’t really know about different woods, but hubby thinks this is probably oak and quite a modern one judging by the chair cover.  All I know is I loved the shape of the back and the legs and could just imagine how it would look once it was given a “makeover”.


Ever impatient to get my “creation” completed I set hubby to work straight away removing the cover from the seat cushion.  This was not a quick job, this chair was well made and had over 100 tacs in it holding the old cover onto the padding, once removed, the pad was in great condition so just needed to be covered.  I purchased some gorgeous Rachel Ashwell material from Ebay which was perfect for the new cover, its a discontinued material in the softest white and pink rose design. 

We sanded the chair and on Friday night I set to work painting.  I couldn’t decide whether I wanted a “distressed”  or a plain chalky white finish.  I decided to wait until I had painted the chair and felt sure I would “know”  how it was meant to look.  (apologies for the lack of photo’s for the in between stages, my helper “forgot” to take them.  I won’t be using him again! )


Again, apologies for the quality of the photograph, the light was going when I realised I didn’t have any photographs of the end product.  But I hope you will agree, it turned out pretty good.  I  love it, now all I have to do is decide where to put it.

Chair £5

Material £8

Paint £4

Sandpaper & Staples £1


(Labour – paid in kind ) ; )

Please pop over to Liz at Magpie Monday to see everyone elses great finds.



  1. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    March 14, 2011 / 8:12 am

    Wow, matches so well with your style now – no wonder you're pleased! Amazing transformation job x

  2. carole
    March 14, 2011 / 8:30 am

    Oh what a difference, it looks amazing! I'm so glad you've done this post as I am about to embark on a project, I want a table for my hall and am on the look out for something I can transform….you've showed that with a little time, and a bit of effort just how easy it can be achieved. Thanks x

  3. Missdaisy's Crafts
    March 14, 2011 / 8:37 am

    oh fantastic find and it looks great after its makeover! thats the sort of stuff im on the lookout for at the moment as Daughter wants her room done out and its "got" to be shabby chic! shes got great taste for a 7 year old lol x

  4. gidders1
    March 14, 2011 / 8:43 am

    I love the chair, the fabric is perfect!

  5. Karen Jones
    March 14, 2011 / 9:12 am

    Thank you for your lovely comments ladies. I am really pleased with how it turned out and only took a day or so to complete (with help from hubby of course) xx I am on the lookout for more chairs now to use around the dining table. Different shapes and different colour seat pads xx

  6. Mom-on-a-Wire
    March 14, 2011 / 9:39 am

    Absolutely fabulous as always. Love the chair fabric!

  7. missielizzie
    March 14, 2011 / 10:01 am

    Wow, you've done an amazing job there.The chair is stunning – can absolutely see why you bought it, the back and legs have such a gorgeous shape to them.Thanks for linking up x

  8. midlifesinglemum
    March 14, 2011 / 11:03 am

    I always wanted different chairs around the table and a different table setting for each diner – coordinating in a colour theme of course. In the end I sold out and bought six dining-room chairs. Still quite good at the mix'n'match crockery though. The chair is q'white exquisite!

  9. icklebabe_com
    March 14, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this, you have such an eye and skill misses, why are you not sell this kind of thing for a living? would be fabulous! XXXX

  10. ScandianvianMum
    March 14, 2011 / 12:54 pm

    What a bargain! And I love the work you've done to it. Proper french countryside shabby chic! Well done!Love Little Scandinavian x

  11. Karen Jones
    March 14, 2011 / 1:20 pm

    Thanks again lovely ladies. It has come out much better than I expected. May well try to start selling a few if we can find more. xx

  12. NataliaLovat
    March 14, 2011 / 1:24 pm

    Looks fantastic, nice job! I am inspired to give a couple of chairs I have a lick of paint 🙂

  13. The syders
    March 14, 2011 / 1:32 pm

    It looks beauriful…Love the new fabric on it x

  14. Becky
    March 14, 2011 / 1:33 pm

    Your chair is beautiful! I love the material you have used on the padded cushion. I want to cover a board here at home, this has now inspired me to give it a go! Thank you for your comment on my blog, lovely blog Bx

  15. QWERTY Mum
    March 14, 2011 / 2:27 pm

    Love the shape of the back. It reminds me of the "is it a vase or is it two people nose to nose" illusion!

  16. squeakymom
    March 14, 2011 / 4:21 pm

    What a gorgeous shape, I wish I could master something like that.

  17. mumsarcade
    March 14, 2011 / 4:38 pm

    Love the shape – reminds me of a face. Love how you have such a good eye for how things might look with a little work.You are inspiring others I feel sure.My finds are not as clever but are themed over at

  18. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy
    March 14, 2011 / 5:28 pm

    Oh so pretty! And what a clever little helper you have. You are a perfect team x

  19. Karen Jones
    March 14, 2011 / 5:39 pm

    Many thanks all you lovely ladies for taking the time to comment. Next time my "helper" is off work we are going on a hunt for more furniture to transform (and maybe sell) xx

  20. dogsmom
    March 14, 2011 / 5:42 pm

    Looking at the first fabric I have the idea that was not original to the chair. Then when you mentioned 100 tacks! It sounds as if someone else had a go at it before you.I can not help myself, seeing the legs done in white I picture toe nails or animal nails on the front feet.

  21. Karen Jones
    March 14, 2011 / 5:50 pm

    Hi Dogsmom, thanks for your comment. I shall forever more picture toes on the feet of my chair : )

  22. WhiteLily
    March 14, 2011 / 6:24 pm

    Wow!!! that is GORGEOUS!!!!!

  23. Molly and the Princess
    March 14, 2011 / 7:44 pm

    wow, great find and even more amazing transformation – I love the paint job with the fabric you chose. In awe – as always 🙂 x

  24. Jenny Kearney
    March 14, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    That's lovely and definitely worth all the effort 🙂

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