I’m a hunter & scavenger of the vintage kind. There’s nothing that gets me more excited that finding thrifted treasures for pennies and up-cycling them into something fabulous. For this project it’s a set of dated brown folding chairs and dress that’s a little too dated for even me to pull off but the fabric is too great not to reuse.
Once the chair is dry, mask off the top part where you will put the gold leaf. Make sure you have your gold leaf ready to go. I suggest testing it out on something small if you haven’t used it before. I learned this the hard way! So then spray or apply generous layer of glue then apply the gold leaf. Brush off the excess when you’re happy with the coverage. I purposely made it look a little rough.
You’ll end up with something like this:
These chairs are so cute you won’t want to fold them back and put them away.
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5 responses to “BEFORE & AFTER: rags to riches, folding chair makeover”
I love the rustic look of the gold in combination with the dot patterned! Another beautiful chair makeover Melissa! Perhaps you should start a business :)
Thanks! Seriously…I should think about it…
I am OBSESSED with this project, Melissa!!! It looks so good! Impressive that you used a dress, too!
Thanks Thalita! Yeah, I’m pretty happy with it and it seriously was easy. God I love spray paint.
Whoa! A dress?! So inventive and gorgeous! You see those chairs everywhere, and I really have never thought I’d see one that I want. I would definitely pay for this one. Good luck in CWTS!!