Feb 21, 2011

Revamp an IKEA Chair

Two years ago this Poang IKEA chair was on the curb outside of someones house, hours away from being trashed.  I pulled over and quickly shoved the chair into my teeny Toyota Celica and drove home. When I got the chair home, I was able to take a closer look at its condition. Aside from a missing screw and minor wear and tear, the chair was prestine. By bleaching the fabric cover and with a new screw I had a new comfy chair.

Here's how the chair looked in my home...


I was stoked about my curb side find and I've been very happy with the chair, but I recently got an itch to spruce it up a bit.  With several coats of wood stain left over from my powder room makeover, I was able to change the look of the chair to this... 

It's been awhile since Roxy has made her way into my pictures.  But on this day, she wasn't moving for anything.  Since I think she's so cute, I let her sit right in the middle of my picture. 
 
See how nice the chair took to the stain.


Here's some pictures of what I did...it was so easy!

This is what the wood looked like before I stained it.

Here's a super close-up of the wood while I was sanding.  In order for the wood to absorb the stain properly, it's important that you use a rough sandpaper to take off any protective coating from the wood. 

I took the chair apart to make painting the base easy breezy.
 
Here's the base of the chair as I began to paint the first coat of wood stain.  I painted a total of three coats, allowing each coat to dry overnight. 
Don't you think the dark wood looks so much better?


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10 comments:

That One Girl said...

It looks really good!! Great job!

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

Looks great! What a find!

Comeca Jones said...

I do it looks great!

Laurel said...

Looks great! I have one of these chairs on my porch and have been thinking about painting the wood...now I am ready to go for it :) Thanks! Laurel@chippingwithcharm
Visiting from BTPF :)

Erin said...

Wow!! It's amazing what just darkening that wood did to update that chair! Nice job! :)

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Can't believe you found that in the trash, looks comfy! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

adrienne... said...

Love the poang! Also love your end tables and couch! Where are they from?

Mara said...

What type/brand of stain did you use? I've been wanting to darken my Stefan chairs, but haven't selected a stain yet.

Mara said...

What type/brand of stain did you use? :-)
I'm trying to redo my Stefan Ikea chairs.

Maria said...

Chair looks great. What stain did you use, I have two and I am planning to stain them too.