Queen Anne Styled Chair Before and After

These Queen Anne Style chairs have been in our family for more than 10 years- ever since I brought them home from a garage sale in their original maple-brown, beaten up finish. I think I paid $10 for the pair and I immediately painted them a biscuit-white color, which I loved. I covered the seat with a tan-on-cream toile, which I loved, too.

For about a month. Until the first stain appeared. Then the blue from jeans started rubbing off. Within a couple of years the general dirt from lots of people and kids sitting on them became so heavy that you couldn’t even see the toile pattern anymore (although I would’ve shown it to you, I just forgot to take a picture until just before I started painting).

However here we are, years after that and I’m just now redoing them. *blush*  What can I say? Sometimes it’s easy to pass over things that are always right in front of your eyes. But using my new paint sprayer on the Craigslist chairs I redid a few months ago gave me the motivation I needed to finally make these chairs shine again.

green chair after

Since I used a creamy white for the other chairs, I decided to use a sagey green for this chair update. We did have to reinforce the frames and fill holes, but then they only needed a couple coats of the green paint.

I covered the seats in burlap (What else? Apparently, it’s the super-hot decorating fabric now) to coordinate with other burlap things in the living room (the ottoman and lampshade).

I also decided to be brave and add a monogram (also hot all over the internet), though I didn’t have any fancy equipment so my technique was decidedly low-tech.

Interested in what I did? I wrote how easy it was to monogram these chairs here.

After sanding a bit to distress the edges (best thing ever for painted furniture- who cares about chips, then?), I sprayed them lightly with a protective coating and called it good.

Actually, very good, since I really like how they turned out. What do you think?


This is linked to Power of Paint Wednesdays, Transformation Thursday and Furniture Feature Friday.


  1. says

    Wow- what a great project! I love the look of the monogram. I just snagged a white beat up chair for 45 cents (1/2 off day, ya know *grin*) at the thrift store last week. Originally I had planned to make it an outside chair but now I’m thinking I should add some paint and bring it indoors.

  2. Rachael Resurreccion says

    I just want to say (again) that I love your blog! These chairs look wonderful! Thank you for sharing all that you do.

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