Blue Crush: DIY Arm Chair Makeover

Oh happy day lovelies! Today I want to share a DIY that I did a while ago. I was inspired by this piece:

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Via Instagram, @sweet_tea_furniture

This cabinet was refurbished by a company called Sweet Tea Furniture located in a little town called Elgin, near Columbia, SC. They specialize in giving a new, vibrant life to vintage, antique and home decor. Their prices are very reasonable but, unfortunately, my budget for a chair was only $100 or less.

I knew that I would have to get crafty for this one! I’m all about color so this piece had to be bold and eye-catching. After doing some research, I realized that I would get the look I wanted by painting a leather or vinyl chair. Chalk paint was the best option for this job because it adheres well and dries with a matte finish. There are wax sealant options for chalk paint that will allow for a satin or glossy finish if desired. I settled on Valspar’s Tintable Chalk paint in the color Blue Crush. It’s a cool color somewhere in between a Cyan and Turquoise hue.

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I went on a “Flea Market Finds” type hunt looking for a low priced, vinyl chair. I searched local flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales. I finally lucked up on this cute litte swivel chair for $50:

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The chair was dingy; but, it was still in pretty good shape. This is how I prepped and painted the chair:

  1. I didn’t like the chair skirt so I removed it. I heavily sprayed the inside of the chair with Lysol and I wiped the outside with mild soap and Clorox. I’m not sure if I was supposed to use those products on vinyl, but I didn’t care. I didn’t know whose ass had been in that chair so I had to do it! I was careful to be sure that I removed all loose dirt. I let the chair air dry for 24 hours.
  2. Painting was a little time-consuming. The paint went on smoothly and slightly thick. There was no need for a primer. I used a fairly cheap paintbrush. That was the worst mistake of the project because bristles were coming out as I painted. Next time I will use foam brushes and keep a good quality paintbrush on hand just in case I need it.

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3. The next step was painting the cushion. I propped it against a metal stake that was lying around and went to work painting it. I decided to only paint one side to save time. Maybe I’ll paint the other side if I decide to give it away.

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4. I wasn’t sure what to do with the legs or underbody of the chair since I removed the skirt. It was my first project of the sort so I decided to leave it as is — perfectly imperfect.

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5. Finally, I let the chair dry for 24 hours, gave it another coat and let it dry for 48 hours before using it. I didn’t use any wax sealant because I haven’t decided if I will repaint it later. When a sealant is used to finish it becomes semi-permanent and is almost impossible to remove from certain surfaces. Luckily, I was pleased with the satiny smooth finish. In total I spent approximately $65 for this project. That total includes $50 for the chair and $15 for supplies. Here’s the finished product in my space:

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So what do you think? Are you inspired to paint your own piece of furniture now? Do you have tips and/or questions? Drop a comment below.

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