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Vanity Stool Makeover Before And After

I have a thing for vintage vanity stools and chairs. I especially like this vanity chair because it has arms.

I painted and replaced the fabric on the junk store find. The fabric choice was interesting. Not because of the color or design, although it’s really pretty,  but because of where I got the fabric.

vanity chair makeover before and after

It’s themed furniture day and that means my furniture friends have projects too. Links at the bottom of the post.

Vanity Chair Makeover

Vintage Vanity Chair

Each month we have a theme to go by for the makeover and this month’s theme is “Romantic”. Each blogger interrupts the theme to suit her style.

vanity chair before makeover

The chair was a little blah. No color at all. I love all the curvy details and the padded seat. I could see potential.

vanity stool makeover before and after

The red and white damask fabric is actually a curtain panel. I purchased a pair of them at the local Habitat Restore ages ago. The curtains were a little frayed and worn but damask print happens to be one of my all time favorite prints.

The red is what I would call a lipstick red…..red leaning toward pink, not orange. Do ya’ll know what I mean?

recover a chair seat

It’s really easy to cover a chair seat….cut the fabric a little larger than the seat……staple the two opposing sides first, pulling the fabric tight….finish the other two sides and corners. The corners are the hardest. Usually I can work out the folds in the corners. It helps if the fabric is on the thin side.

red and white damask print seat cover

I love the red and white. Think outside the box when looking for fabric. A nice curtain panel, shower curtain, even old clothes can be used for chair covers.

vanity stool makeover before and after with new fabric and paint

The paint color is off-white from Beyond Paint which is a 3 in 1 primer, paint, and sealer. The sheen of this paint is perfect, between flat and satin. I did a light distressing job on the paint.

soft and feminine vintage vanity chair

My take on the romantic theme……white paint…soft girly fabric…..and curvy furniture.

vanity stool makeover before and after photo

I have several posts on covering chair seats…How To Cover A Chair Seat

Visit the themed makeovers below then visit me again and share the scoop on the makeovers. These are little teaser photos …click the “pink link” or the photos to see the completed projects!

nancy artsy chicks rule

Thrifty French Chair from Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule


French Chair from Christy, Our Southern Home


Vanity from Meegan at What Meegan Makes

Remember to come back and leave me a little note after you visit my friends. I love hearing from you.

As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. So darling–love it, even though the fabric is red!

    To Lizzy, above: I won’t say I wouldn’t use red ever on anything, Lizzy, but it’s not a color I can live with either. It projects Just too much energy or something. I can appreciate it in other folks’ designs and homes, but don’t want to use it in my surroundings. So I would have used probably a shade of blue or green or maybe coral or magenta. I need more calming colors around me. Not red. Just wanted you to know you aren’t alone out there not being comfortable with RED!

    Kathy, I will say that the shade of red in the fabric you used on the stool is much more pleasing to me than a more orangy red. I like the way the shade leans toward a blue tone or a rosy tone, if you will. I think it compliments the chair really well. Good choice. Nice job.

  2. Great job! I love the chair and damask pattern, but I must be the only one that would never use red on anything. Lol.

  3. LOVE the fabric. I have a chair I am hanging on to so I can cover it in cute fabric. It was my Grandma’s chair and I just couldn’t part with it!

    It is wood but after seeing yours, I might distress it white.

  4. This is so fresh and pretty , Kathy! Love this pop of color! 🙂

  5. Beautiful job, once again Kathy! You are so talented. Pinned and thinking about that lovely pop of red.
    No, it does not look like the same chair!!

  6. I’m not usually a huge fan of red but this is great, just like that red and white painted chest of drawers is, the one I think looks like a toolbox! I guess when you do red, I LIKE IT! 🙂

  7. I have a similar vanity chair but have been unable to remove the cushion! Its screws are buried in deep holes and I can’t get to them! Do you have any tips for me? I love the red fabric and white paint on yours! Makes me really want to do something with mine! Thanks!

  8. Red is so romantic and I’m in love with your chair redo and can’t get over your fabulous Restore find. The damansk shower curtain is perfect on the chair seat.
    Beautiful work, Kathy! I always love to see what you do!

  9. Red is my favorite color so I love what you did with the chair! I sometimes see similar low-back chairs on Craigslist and have wondered how they would look refinished. I also like the added touch with the nightie. 😉

  10. I did as you asked and visited all the sites and it was never more obvious that all of you like to distress your furniture. I especially liked the bench that Therese refinished. Quite a stylish piece. I’m always impressed with the work that all of the bloggers I follow accomplish. I love your little vanity chair, but the fabric was too bold and the print too large for my taste for such a dainty chair. But, then again, I’m all for French style furniture and am jealous that I no longer have the room to re-do furniture. Have a great day.

  11. Kathy,
    I love how it turned out! Shower curtain and from Restore! Amazing!!! Such fun this month participating with you! ~Christy