Vintage Sewing Chair Makeover

It’s been years since I’ve recovered any chairs, so prior to finishing the MCM dining room chairs, I practiced on this cute little sewing chair. Not too many people probably have, or need sewing chairs anymore, but wouldn’t this make a great vanity chair? The seat of chair lifts to reveal the storage; lots of space to fill with all your favorite hair and makeup products!

I didn’t really do much research on this chair prior to her makeover. The market seems to be flooded with these modern mid century Danish style chairs; the majority of them are in their natural state. I do like their original look, but I am liking how she turned out.

What did I do? I scrubbed the chair really good; it had layer upon layer of grease…must have sat in a kitchen for 50+ years. After a good scrub down I took the chair all apart, painted the legs, and chair back with a soft pink chalk paint that I mixed up myself. I think it’s like a ballet slipper pink. Then I spray painted the interior storage with Rustoleum Hammered in Rosemary (similar to a pewter-ish tone). I used a matte polyurethane top coat.

I love my staple gun! Yep, I’d have to rank it right up there with spray adhesive or my glue gun. I forgot to be careful to line the pattern up, and by pure dumb luck, the pattern of the fabric on the seat and sides aligned. Good thing, I hate taking things apart and having to re-do what I’ve already done.

Stump Home Specialties – manufactured circa 1960

Before - Mid Century Danish Sewing Chair

Before – Mid Century Danish Sewing Chair

After - Mid Century Danish Style Sewing Chair. This would make the perfect vanity chair with lots of storage for hair and makeup products.

After – Mid Century Danish Style Sewing Chair. This would make the perfect vanity chair with lots of storage for hair and makeup products.

MCM Sewing Chair - Vanity Chair

MCM Sewing - Vanity Chair

Tomorrow she’s off to The Landmark Antique store along with some other juicy finds.

Oh, and after a trip to Landmark, my friend Karen and I are going to make some of those chicken wire glow in the dark ghost dresses for Halloween. There may possibly be more football watching and wine drinking going on, than dress making.

Happy Sunday Funday! xxoo Kris

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