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116 Year Old Dining Chairs – Part 2 – Milk Paint Finish

If you missed Part 1 of my chair makeover last week, I was showing the amazing treasures we found in these antique dining chairs, including newspaper clippings from 1899!! Click HERE to see Part 1 and all the treasures we found.
Antique chairs upholstery2Antique chairs upholstery23These chairs were riddled with upholstery nails and tacks after the four or more layers of fabric that had covered them. Here’s mum helping me pull some out – she’s a gem!IMG_3506Sanding back the rough, old and chipped frame using my Sandi Hands Sanding gloves.IMG_3509I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the colour Grain Sack to give these old girls a new lease of life, keeping with an aged appearance.
IMG_3510Here they are after two coats of the Grain Sack MMSMP:IMG_3551 IMG_3552 IMG_3553Here’s where things got a little tricky, but with the help of some youtube tutorials and blog posts, I stapled on the webbing and assembled the springs.IMG_3903Added some seat foam, stapled over some batting …Antique chairs upholstery 22 All ready for their new covers…Antique chairs upholstery 24 I had also sanded to distress the paint for an authentic antique look.Antique chairs upholstery 25And for the finish over the Grain Sack colour milk paint, I used MMSMP Antiquing Wax to give an aged finish and to seal the paint in.Antique chairs upholstery 29You can see in these close ups, the antiquing wax sits in the grooves and crevices of the wood to define and create shadows and aged patina.Antique chairs upholstery 211 Antique chairs upholstery 212 Antique chairs upholstery 210 Antique chairs upholstery 215 I brought my single seater French Provincial chair in for the photo shoot. I matched the fabric with these chairs, which is very similar, but can look different in different lights. You can read about the French Provincial couch makeover HERE.Antique chairs upholstery 218 Antique chairs upholstery 219

Aren’t they adorable?

Have you ever found treasures in furniture that you’ve refinished? Tell me about it in the comments below. I’d love to hear your stories!

If you missed the “Part 1” of these antique chair makeover, you can see the surprise treasures we found in these chairs HERE.

Please feel free to pin these to your Pinterest board. You can follow me on Pinterest too for lots of furniture makeovers and inspiration!

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    Ros Jackson
    August 19, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I think these chairs look really great. I bet they are very comfortable to sit on too. Good work. Love them.

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    Karen
    August 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    They look amazing. I am starting my first chair renovation soon (once I pull out the 300+ staples in every chair).
    Just wondering where you buy foam from? And what type of foam you used for the seat (density and thickness approx) I’m having trouble sourcing foam at the moment for a reasonable price..

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      IRestoreStuff
      August 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Karen. I just bought my foam from Clarks Rubber. Occasionally they have offcuts that are the perfect fit, but otherwise I have them cut it for me. I used a medium density for these dining chairs. I can’t remember the exact thickness, but approx 5cm from memory.

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    Keri
    August 20, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Those chairs are beautiful!! Love the makeover you gave them!!

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