Thursday, September 29, 2011

Banker Chair Makeover

I finally finished this chair.  Actually, it's been done for some time but I just haven't been able to take very good shots of it.  My home office just doesn't offer very good light. 
Here it is after I took it apart but before I started stripping it.

I used the orange stripper but had to go to the stripping gel to get the job done.

My husband cleaned the joint of the arm and re-glued it.

I've done a lot of furniture stripping, sanding, staining etc. but I'm still not a fan of it. 
It's a lot of work, period.

I boiled all the metal parts in water and baking soda, scrubbed with a wire brush and steel wool, then primed and painted glossy black.
At the end of the day, it was worth it.

Love it.

Sorry about the shadowy/blurry pictures...........

I used my favorite go-to fabric......a drop-cloth from Home Depot and hot glued some the trim on.
I cut the drop-cloth to size then sprayed it with 2 coats of scotch guard.  I did the same to the trim. 

I also stained it with a Cabot mahogany stain that had been custom mixed but found it's way onto the oops paint shelf at Lowe's.  I then applied Min-Wax clear wax and buffed it to a nice shine.

I love it.

What have you been working on; I'd love to know?


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  1. Love! I just posted recently about coming across a similar chair at a thrift store for $5. It's in pieces... literally... but someone has already done much of the sanding for me. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Thanks for the inspiration to tackle the project!
    Dana @

  2. Wow such a cute chair! I can't believe you got through all that sanding. I'm pretty sure I would have gave up 1/4 of the way. The work was completely worth it though. The wood looks great and it has the perfect industrial look mixed with french style upholstery. Awesome!!!

  3. Ummm worth it?! Heck yeah! It's stunning! Where did you find the chair? I've been looking for one. :)

    PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on at my blog till Monday. Come by when you have a chance! :)

  4. The finished project makes it soooo worth it! Gorgeous1


  5. That turned out fantastic! I love those old chairs they are so comfortable. Thank you for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  6. that looks awesome! it looks like it would be so comfy, too with that nice padded back!

  7. Nice job! I love those kind of chairs. I have a similar one that I refinished to use at my desk.

  8. Kaye, you have done such a fantastic job on this gorgeous chair!! Love it!! That stain is perfect, what a find! What a wonderful treasure you'll have for years to come!
    Great job!!!!

  9. Hi there~ just stopping back by to say thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday this week!! :) Hope to see you again at tonights party!

  10. Wow, you did such a nice job on this! I am terrible at reupholstery, so I'm very jealous of your fine accomplishment!! This banker's chair now looks very sweet and sophisticated for a woman. She would look great in any office or craft space. andrea@townandprairie