Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Captain's Chair Makeover

This project is about a month old now. I had this empty spot next to the armoire that houses the TV in the great room - a spot that was begging for something - even if the only purpose was to help disguise the cord of the power strip plugged into the wall there. If you remember, I'm using my grandma's depression-era dining table, but I'm not using the matching chairs. I knew the set had a captain's chair, so I brought it up from the basement. Yes, that could work. Only one problem - old black, dirty upholstery.

Make that two problems. The wood (especially the legs) didn't look so great either.

Let the makeover begin!

I removed the seat and set about cleaning the wood and then conditioned it with furniture oil. Looks pretty bad in these before shots.

I had some rummage sale green upholstery fabric on hand from a past project, so I removed the old black fabric and stapled on the green. That would do - for now. . .

but my next trip to Walmart turned up something new. I found this fabric on the sale rack - just the right colors to match our sofa - $4/yard!

Ahhh, much better.

Steve talked me into buying a whole yard, so I have enough left for another project you may see pop up in the future.

Before and After:

After #1 and After #2:

This chair may not be in the great room forever, as the armoire is currently sitting where the fireplace will be one day; but it was a quick, inexpensive project to fill the space until we reach that point.

All is well in the Keweenaw.


  1. Great project... nice chair. :)

  2. It looks great, you did a beautiful job!

  3. How lovely, you have breathed new life into a tired chair. It looks so much better.

    1. Thank you, Julia! This chair sat in my grandma's unoccupied house for years, then off to a storage unit for 2-1/2 years, and then to my basement - without even getting wiped off first. It's nice to have it in service again!

  4. Julie, That was a success! The Walmart fabric matches great. I love the wood in your house!!! Have a great day! Sylvia D.

  5. What a great redo! Love the final fabric you used. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thank you, Jann. It's great what a little furniture oil and new fabric can do.


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