Whitney’s Little Black Chair

You just can’t go wrong with black.  It is the perfect color for almost anything… including chairs.  I have found that one of my favorite pieces of furniture is a dining chair.  They make perfect accent chairs… they have great lines, they are a great size and they are really easy and cheap to find.  Can’t beat that! My latest revamp… an old dining chair given to me by my father-in-law.  I fell in love immediately… the lines, caning and legs… woohoo!!! It obviously just needed a bit of a makeover.  This is what I did…
I started by removing the cushion and taking the chair to the garage to paint.  I used Rustoleum American Accents spray paint in Canyon Black.  I only used about a half of a can on this chair and if you are considering painting your chairs I would ONLY use this brand… It’s the best!
While that was drying I started working on my cushion… I wanted something a bit less tailored and also decided to add a little burlap… why not??
This is my stencil brush and my Americana Ebony acrylic paint I used to do the stenciling.  I knew this would be an accent chair that won’t get much use so I used the acrylic.  If you will be using your chairs more often you will need to find a washable fabric paint to do your stenciling.
I cut out my stencils with my Cricut and positioned them on a 10″ square piece of burlap to get an idea of how it would look…
I used my stenciling brush to put the paint on… remember… up and down, not like a normal paint brush!
While this was drying I got to work on the rest of the cushion…
I will give a few details on the sewing but I know many of you don’t even own a machine so I will skip the tutorial:)  If you do want some extra tips, just leave me a comment.  I started by making my cording.  I decided the rest of my cushion would be made of a drop cloth.  I purchased a $5 drop cloth from Lowe’s for this project.  It is a perfect weight for this project and many others.  I cut a strip of the fabric and sewed it around some jute twine to make my cording.
After making my cording, I went back to my now dried burlap.  I cut a piece of drop cloth the shape of the cushion and layed it next to my burlap.  I used just a bit of spray adhesive to stick the burlap to the drop cloth.
This is what it looked like….
I used my machine to put a straight stitch around the burlap about 1/2 inch short of the edge.  I wanted it to look like a patch so I frayed up the edge of the burlap just a bit.
Here I have put the cushion cover together… skipping all of my sewing steps that don’t interest many of you:)
I distressed the edges of my chair just a bit and then just pulled the cover over the cushion.  Isn’t she cute??  I think this will be my chair for my work space up in my loft but for now I just took some random shots for you.  What do you think??  For those of you hesitating to paint your chairs… STOP:)  Just go for it!  You will look at the outcome and smile every time!!


  1. Kimm at Reinvented on October 8, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Wow! You two and your fabulous ideas! I love the stencil and the burlap accent is perfect. Thanks for linking up!

  2. Alyson & Ford on October 7, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Great makeover; you're brave. Would never have spray painted wooden chairs!
    Alyzabeth's Mommy for One Year!

  3. Alyson & Ford on October 7, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Great makeover; you're brave. Would never have spray painted wooden chairs!
    Alyzabeth's Mommy for One Year!

  4. Christina on October 7, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Oh my! This is a fabulous makeover. Love the little skirt and the black paint. So fun and such a dramatic difference.

  5. Aprons Gone Wild on October 7, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Very sweet makeover. Congrats!

  6. niartist on October 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    WOW! Love the finish, and that darling cushion cover is just spectacular! Great job!

  7. Barb on October 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I'm hearing you mention a 'cricket' to cut stencils.
    can you tell me about what that is??


    barbara jean

  8. Infarrantly Creative on October 6, 2009 at 1:50 am

    I love the little ruffles so frilly and cute.

  9. Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE on October 6, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Very cute chair makeover, I love the number you put on there. I also ;think the leg distressing is done very well, thats not that easy to do perfectly the way you have done. Always love the dropcloth idea, so creative…I am a new follower, come for a visit..

  10. ImagineCozy on October 5, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    So cute, the burlap with the distressed black is perfect.

  11. Beeutiful by Design on October 5, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    The chair is adorable, miles from where it started! Great post.

  12. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ on October 5, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Pretty little chair. I love your stencils but don't have the machine. Any ideas of where to get stencils like that? I have checked google for help but can't seem to find any I like. Yours look great.

  13. Julie on October 5, 2009 at 2:25 am

    cute cute cute…love it

  14. Sheri on October 5, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Do you ever get that feeling of deja Vu that you already commented somewhere? LOL Oh well. I really like the way this chair turned out.

  15. The DIY Show Off on October 5, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Beautiful makeover! I love it! 😉
    Have a great week. Your party sounds like a lot of fun!

  16. g.suzie on October 5, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Okay, more great ideas from you two! Everyone needs 'a little black chair' don't you think?

  17. Sandy on October 5, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Great chair makeover. Love the little skirt on the cover. You have a great blog.

  18. Dresser Girl on October 5, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I LOVE IT!!

  19. nannykim on October 5, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Very cute–love the little skirt! Now did you really have to give it a worn looK when kids do the job in minutes! Ha!

    my met blog is the spindle cottage blog 😉

  20. Glenda/MidSouth on October 4, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Great redo! You and your Sister are so talented.

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