“Perfect red paint” and a thrifted chair transformation

I picked up this sturdy and quality toile chair at a yard sale this weekend and I knew it needed the “perfect red paint” formula. I’m a paint psychic.

It’s a girl chair. If you do not know how to check the gender of your furniture that is something that will come with time.

Be patient young grasshoppers. We will take your furniture transformation transition in baby steps.

Our “girls” upholstery was in good shape but her body itself left something to be desired. The bones were beautiful but the wood was a blond worn out wood and just didn’t look right with the fabric. I knew that with a coat or two of “the perfect red paint” that I used on the antique chest we all loved, and she would be ready to shine again.

She is rocking the red!

Isn’t the back cushion odd?

I see these chairs often in the South and I’m sure someone can tell me what they are called but why do they make the back cushion so small?

You may not like the “perfect red paint” with the toile and may prefer the natural state.

It really would have been pretty stripped and stained but this is for re-sale so I needed a “fix” that didn’t require too many “work” hours to flip this piece of furniture.

So two coats of the “perfect red paint formula” and less than an hour labor and wah lah…….

From here…….

To here………

I used the same technique with this “red” that I did in the “high chair” transformation. I needed it warmed a tad. So after the paint dried I had distressed the piece, I used stain and wax to warm the color. I share how to distress a piece with that technique in my “table reveal post series“.

Guess how much I picked this chair up for at the yard sale? $15.00! I usually wouldn’t spend that much but I knew I could wash the upholstery and not have to re-cover the chair and it would be an easy “flip”.

Look how paint brings out the pretty details in the chair. Love her curved, hooked arm.

Her chunky big thighs and slender ankles….I’m feeling ya’ girlfriend!

We just put it in our booth and it appears that it will be sold today or very soon. The “perfect red paint” was perfect again.

What do you think?

Have you picked up any fun deals at yard sales or thrift stores lately?

Would you have taken the time to re-upholster?

Check out the links in this post that will take you to other fun transformations and see the distressing technique that I used for this chair.

Do you know how to tell if your chair is a boy or a girl?

Think she is rocking the red?

Let me know what you think!



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19 thoughts on ““Perfect red paint” and a thrifted chair transformation

  • November 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I love her…she would have looked lovely sitting at my desk! I love the fabric, and the paint color is perfect!

  • November 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Great redo. It’s perfect red!

  • November 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Great job with the “antiquing” of the red paint. Takes it to a whole ‘nother level of looking aged. Right amount of tweaking it to flip! : )

  • November 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    She is so pretty! Love the bright red color. It will brighten any room. It would be fun to see a turquoise pillow on it.

  • November 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Beautful! Definitely a she. Good job 🙂

  • November 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I am really lovin this red. It’s been a little while since I’ve done any furniture re-do’s but I want to try something in this red. Love it! So cute. By the way, I’m a new follower and I totally love your blog!

  • November 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Love red.
    Love toile.

    The two go together like peanut butter and jelly 🙂

    • November 16, 2012 at 6:47 am

      You won’t believe it and it may sound creepy…but it this piece actually made me think of one of your past “sun room” styles. : ) I’m not a creeper. For.Real. : ) Love, Me

    • November 16, 2012 at 6:45 am

      L.O.V.E. YOU! ; ) Love, Me

  • November 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    She is just wonderful! The red is perfect!

    Patty V

    • November 16, 2012 at 6:42 am

      You love her! Yay! Love, Me

    • November 16, 2012 at 6:39 am

      Kim, I need to get my hiney in gear and actually do a red piece that I keep. ; ) My favorite too! Love, Me


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