Lady Sings The Blues: Reupholstered Chair

Welcome back to our 3rd installment of “Black Excellence.” In case you missed it the first two projects I showed you how to repurpose an Ikea shelf into a server/bar and a picture frame into a lighted vanity mirror. This week we are reupholstering a chair!  I have to tell you the journey of this chair. 

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It started out as a regular dinner table chair but I needed it for a music video.

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Then it was turned into this.

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And stayed like this for the better part of three years. Now that you have seen where it has been let me show you where it is going!

What you need:

A chair (duh lol)

Paint (latex is fine, if it has primer already in it even better)

Medium grit sandpaper 

Fabric (if you get 1 yard you will have plenty of leftovers)

Staple or hot glue gun

Sealer (Spray Shellac or Polyurethane)  

Ruler

Scissors

Pencil

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Remove the seat (the screws are on the bottom you need a long screwdriver to reach the screw) and sand as much paint and adhesive off as possible.  If the chair is just a finished wood a light sanding will do.

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Take the seat and lay it “seat first” on a fabric that is “face down.” Jo-ann’s fabric had a sale on this fabric I had NO idea what I was going to do with it…that is how this project as born.

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Measure about 3” all around your the seat of your chair.  That should be enough to reach the bottom of the seat. After it is measured cut out the pattern.  

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Use your hot glue or staple gun to adhere one flap at a time.

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Pull it taunt while doing this no one wants a flappy chair!

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Once you do opposing sides 1st it is easier to fold in corners.

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*Note* if you are using a staple gun do not staple over the screw holes that are in the cushion. 

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Paint your chair! The lighter blue I found at the “OOPS” section of The Home Depot. *Note* the OOPS section is heaven ok not really but it is awesome. Paints are heavily discounted because someone didn’t like the outcome, the paint department then remixes the color and and sells the new color for dirt cheap.  I was able to get a quart of paint for $2 normally it would cost $12. WIN! The deeper blue is “Lagoon” from the Martha Stewart Collection by Glidden I got it in a sample size and it was about $3. WIN!

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I highlighted the small details with ivory acrylic paint. Once dry spray with shellac to protect it and give it a nice sheen.

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Reattach the seat.

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Clean up the floor.

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TA DAAAAH! Now take a seat. 

Lady Sings The Blues is a song, autobiography and biopic about the legendary Billie Holiday. The film did very well and went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Actress for Diana Ross’ performance. I named this project Lady Sings The Blues not only because it is blue but one of the main details of the chair is that it has a a prominent flower and an iconic look for Billie Holliday was to wear a flower in her hair.  

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Billie Holliday.

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Diana Ross as Billie Holliday.

*BONUS PROJECT*

This chair was just in the corner completely out of place so I decided to spruce it up a little bit.

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Before

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My inspiration was piano keys (hence the music notes) using a similar color scheme as the bar I made two weeks ago. Also fun fact “Piano Man” is the name of Richard Pryor’s character in the film, Lady Sings The Blues.  Next week will be the final installment of my “Black Excellence” decorating series, be sure to come back and see what I have in store.

~A.V.

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