There are many times when you can find great deals on furniture at a local flea market or yard sale. When you find the treasures, you need to be able to update them to give them a look that will pair well with the style you have in your home. The following guide walks you through a few ways to turn an inexpensive wooden chair into a piece you will love to see each and every day.
Make the Chair as Stable as It Can Be
The first thing you want to do is make sure that the chair is usable. If no one can sit in the chair, there is no reason to have it in your home. First, you need to take the chair apart. You want to do this so that you can easily access all areas of the chair and secure them properly. You need to place wood glue in all of the openings that the pieces of the chair slide into. The wood glue keeps the pieces in place so that you can easily drill screws into them when needed.
Paint the Chair a Color that You Find Appealing
Next, you need to use 80-grit sandpaper to sand down the chair so that you can paint it. Sanding it down opens up the pores of the wood so that it will absorb the paint better. Be sure to dust off the piece before you add any paint to it or else the paint will not be smooth when you are finished. Apply the paint with a paint brush or use spray paint to create the look that you want to create. Spray paint allows you to get the job done in a very short period of time.
Create a Padded Seat
In order for the chair to be as comfortable as it possibly can be, you need to add a padded seat to it. Cut a piece of plywood to the exact dimensions of the seat of the chair. Purchase a piece of fabric that matches the paint color that you choose. Cut a piece of upholstery foam to the size of the board. Lay the fabric flat on the ground with the side you want the world to see facing away from you. Lay the foam on the fabric and board on top of the foam. Pull the edges of the fabric over the board and secure it with staples. When you are done, place the seat on the chair and secure it with small screws.
When you are done, you will have a one-of-a-kind chair that cost you very little to create. You will be able to use it for years to come because you took the time to make it as sturdy as it could possibly be.