Updated Captains Chairs

So, I’ve been re-working our dining room the last month or so, and it started off with switching the lights out, and then adding a chalkboard wall, and now it’s onto some chairs.  I have been wanting to get rid of the black chairs for awhile now, but chairs are so expensive…so they’ve stayed.

I was staying a week at my parents house in Wisconsin and my mom and I were thrifting (surprise!) one day and came across these beaut’s at the Goodwill.

Captain Chair

Do you see “potential” written all over it??

I was giddy.  They were something new, well not exactly new new, but new to me new, and they were solid, and they were CHEAP!  At $10 a chair we loaded them up in a jiffy.

Since I was at my parents in Wisconsin for the week, I decided to tackle them right away.  I started by unscrewing the chair seat and taking off that beautiful blue color…

Reupholstering a chair seat

Oh, lucky me! There’s another cover hiding under there!  Hip hip hooray.

I must say, these covers were quite nasty, and the person before was staple happy, so by the end of the two chairs I had a pretty good blister forming…

Reupholstering a Chair seat

After a lot of man power, I got them off.  The chair now looks empty..

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I was excited to see how the piping was attached, how easy is that?

I painted by chairs….wait for it…White!  and then attached my new piping:)

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Next up, seat cover.  I had drop cloth at home and decided I would cover the seats in that.  I knew I wanted to add something to them, so of course another bit surprise, I decided to add numbers.  Sorry for the lack of photos, but I made two large stencils using Modern No. 20 font, cut them out, centered them on my seat and stenciled them on.  I wanted the seat to look more like linen, so I stenciled a lot of my paint onto a paper towel first so only a little bit was left on the brush.  It gave more of a washed out look instead of a solid black looks.

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and that’s how far I got in Wisconsin.

When I got back home, I finished stapling them and distressed the white a bit.  Here they are now in all their glory:)

Captains Chair

The pop of white looks much better now since the wall is black.  I just flip flopped the colors.

drop cloth chair cover

Thing 1 and

drop cloth chair

thing 2.

distressed chairs

I just took the power sander to the raised parts to give it the distressed look.

Captains Chairs

2 Chairs down….4 to go.

dining room

Do you spy anything else different in the room??
I”ll share that one next week!  And…it’s my favorite makeover lately:)


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11 Responses to Updated Captains Chairs

  1. CC Wexler says:

    Awesome! Did you have to prep the chairs first? I have a set of four mates chairs that need a new look desperately.

  2. These turned out gorgeous! I am in love with the chalkboard wall as well!! We have textured walls boo… The cabinet looks amazing against the black…love it all! :)

  3. Megandvd says:

    FABULOUS!!! I am such a sucker for numbers so this touched my decor heart strings. :)


  4. Julie H says:

    Wow, those are pretty! I so loved your old black chairs!! Any chance those are looking for a new home?? :)

  5. Beth P says:

    These are adorable! Your makeovers are the best..always love em :)

  6. I have a very similar chair I have been procrastinating on for months because I had no idea what to do with it and that piping looked scary. Thanks for your post and the inspiration to tackle a make over! x Julie @ Restyle Relove

  7. Monica T. says:

    Gorgeous job yet again :)
    I wish I had your talent Allie.

  8. Nicole says:

    Is it your table?!?!? :)

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