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. yanytrddlv on October 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I lurrvv this. I want to try this with my dining room chairs. Do you have any more pointers? Thanks!

    Yanira in Orlando, FL
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  2. shay on October 23, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Okay, LOVE the skirt…I do need more details. How wide is the width of your 'drop' and also the little box pleat? It looks just perfect. Did you just make a pattern of the seat top with a paper bag or something to get the shape just right? LOVE the idea of using jute for the welting. would you email me if you have time? toushay73 at gmail dot com

  3. Carly on October 12, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I would love a tutoral on this project! Love your site and think you are amazing!!!

  4. Jennifer on October 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Leave it to a little boy to ask 'why did they put # 2 where your seat goes?' Hahhahaaaa!

    You do beautiful work. Love your blog!

  5. Jennifer on October 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Leave it to a little boy to ask 'why did they put # 2 where your seat goes?' Hahhahaaaa!

    You do beautiful work. Love your blog!

  6. Pat B. on October 10, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I LOVE this idea & I LOVE this blog, too!! I just found you tonight & will be spending tons of time looking over all of your posts.

    I would love to have more details on the sewing & also on the Cricut cart that you used.

    Thank you so much for the info. & for the GREAT blog!!!

  7. honeysuckle on October 9, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Your chair turned out great! Did you use the Jasmine cartridge for the number? and did you cut it on vinyl? Love the burlap addition too.

  8. The Crazy Suburban Mom on October 9, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Honestly this is the kind of project I always want to do and never think I can… it was wonderful!

  9. Heartfire At Home on October 9, 2009 at 9:11 am

    She is indeed very cute!!! Gorgeous!

    Linda. 🙂

  10. Angie on October 9, 2009 at 2:29 am

    Ok you 2 might be my new heros!! Found your blog thru Room to Inspire (love her blog too) So far all i've seen are the "Boo" jars and this chair. LOVE IT!!

  11. Nice and Easy Antiques on October 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Looks fabulous! We love burlap!!! many possibilities!

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