This tutorial on how to deconstruct a vintage chair, was my first diy project I shared on INSTAGRAM. I Personally I love the look of an old dismantled chair or sofa, it adds a beautiful cozy feeling to any room!
I have always wanted to deconstruct a piece of furniture, but I’ve heard more then once it’s not as simple from others who’ve tried it. However, I still wanted to see for myself and embrace this challenge.
Have you ever come across a piece of furniture and think twice about it?
That was me, one afternoon two years back strolling though the local flea market.
Actually husband, luckily spotted this old vintage chair, way back tucked in a corner booth. It was just what I was looking for. However, I love the style, perfect size, clean lines and gorgeous wood details of this chair. BUT, I was still unsure.We left that day without it and upon arriving at home, I immediately felt regretful!!
This particular flea market is only open on weekends and that meant I had to wait a week until it opened. Spoke to my husband and said if the chair is still there the next time it was meant to be.
To my surprise a few weeks later, that old vintage chair was still in the same place which excited me.
We wondered if it was even for sale. Checked all around the chair for a price tag, afterword found out from the front clerk they were ask only $20.
I say only $20 because, to me as an avid vintage picker it seems like a small price tag to give this project a try. Seeing as deconstructed furniture was a trend at that time I already knew that I wanted to try giving this vintage chair a makeover.
On the other hand, it wasn’t the prettiest, the fabric was definitely all wrong, it was torn and had that old vintage smell.
What I love mostly about these types of projects is how creative you can get! There are so many different fabrics or materials to choose from. Most importantly, no chair or furniture piece will be alike. In fact each one has its own unique style and character in the end.
Again, for me that’s what make this kind of project exciting and even more fun to take on!!
If you have been following me on INSTAGRAM for a while you remember how ugly this chair was at the begin and must have wondered “why the heck did she buy that “?
On this vintage chairs, a 70 style floral pattern with mustard pom pom tassels , it was ripped in some spots with batten coming out and had stains on it. Not to mention, it smelts pretty musty
In other words I was not a fan! Trust me, with just a little work I still knew it could make it look beautiful.
However, in spit of that I could still see past it’s many flaws and see the full potential of this piece. Nonetheless, I feel in love with its smaller scale, the bones of the chair were great next to the beauty of those solid wood detail legs.
Where to find the right one?
Luckily, I found this chair by coincidence, well not me (my husband) HAHAHA!
Typically, I find my items at yard/garage sales, thrift stores, flea markets, facebook marketplace or sometimes after a relative donation are all great way to find these vintage treasures.
For instance, always try to look for inexpensive and sturdy furniture pieces that will stand test of time.
Tools you will need:
Materials you will need:
Certainly, there are so many other options to choose from when it comes to reupholstering any furniture.
In other words choose a fabric or material that is durable, but one that will hold up if its going to be a chair used often.
How to deconstruct a vintage chair
This may sound a bit obvious but you really need to be strategic about how you deconstruction your chair. Don’t go crazy removing every stich of fabric and making a ton of more work for yourself then needed.
First, take a good look at the chair and it’s frame. Then decide how much of the wood you want to expos.
Hubby hopped on board to help me with this project.
We started by removing all the side and back to expose the frame.
Forewarning you now, there is going to be a ton of staples and I’m not kidding. I mean thousands of staples and possibly tiny nails to be removed.
SIDE NOTE: Be sure to get every staple or nail possible, as sitting on one could be dangerous.
Beyond that, we found burlap on both inside arms and again on the back. BONUS !!!!!!
We just needed to re secure it back properly to the sides.
Vacuumed fabric through out, then washed it with a scrub brush, warm water and a little laundry soap. Also any surprises you will find from previous owners. YUCK!!
I wanted to keep the natural wood look, so we lightly sanded to removed the satin and put a clear coat on.
To save yourself some time, try to just upholster right over the original fabric and follow the same path.
Cut drop cloth to size, leaving 2 inches to fold over for a straight seem and stapled it to the chair.
The simplest way to fix the cushions on this vintage chair was to just recover with the same drop cloth fabric.
The beauty and uniqueness of this deconstructed vintage chair speaks for itself. Such a great spot to cozy up with a good book!
As a result, after hearing it could be difficult I truly need to find out for myself!
Anyhow, this how to deconstructed vintage chair since then has been in many rooms of our home. Now made its way in our daughter’s room for reading.
I hope next time you’re passing by a piece of furniture, you too can see the potential in what it could be! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Feel free to pin one of my images or leave a comment and it tell me what you think of this project.