Thrifting for chairs is a great way to find inexpensive, excellent quality chairs that can easily be transformed and seamlessly incorporated into your home. Check out my 3 tips to on how to upcycle your own thrifted chair.
1.Move Past The Finish
Don’t focus on the colour or the overall tired look of a chair. I found this outdated looking chair at my local Ottawa Salvation Army thrift store. At first glance, this chair does look a little sad and not very comfortable. All of that can be easily changed, but if you take a closer look at this chair it is in excellent condition; it’s sturdy, solid wood and the legs are gorgeous! With a new foam seat, fabric and a stunning colour of paint, this chair would be an easy upcycle. Make sure to look at the overall structure, details and material of the chair. Click here to watch a video on how to get the best finds when thrifting.
2. Prepping Is The Key
The first step in upcycling a chair is to prep it first. Chairs typically will have grease and oil build up, use TSP to clean them. Fusion TSP is my favorite to use. Once cleaned, use 220 sandpaper and gently scuff up the wood to give it a little tooth. Give your chair a quick wipe down with a damp lint free cloth to finish off your prep. Click here to watch a video on how to properly prep your furniture.
3. Paint It
To transform and update your chair, paint it in a fun colour. Two of my favourite paint brands to use when I am upcycling furniture is FAT paint and Fusion Mineral paint. They both are very easy to use and don’t require any heavy duty sanding or priming. Learn more about FAT paint and about Fusion Mineral paint. I love the look of a bright modern colour on a vintage chair.
Reupholstering the seats with new foam and fabric is fairly easy and came make a big impact. Head to your local fabric store to find the perfect fabric and more information on how to reupholster your seat.
Make sure to hit your local thrift store, they always have a great selection of vintage chairs to choose from and you can create a custom look to seamlessly incorporate into your space. Happy thrifting!
Canadian summers are so short that we try to soak up every minute of it. Using our outside spaces to gather and entertain guests is a great way to enjoy the warmer weather. Creating a beautiful table setting can be costly but you can save money by thrifting. It may even leave you with some extra money in the budget to get a nice bottle of wine or a decadent cheese to enjoy.
When decorating outdoor spaces you can go with a more neutral table setting to let the beautiful colours of a landscaped yard stand out or you can have some fun by adding in some gorgeous colour to accentuate your space. One of the colour combinations I am loving right now is green and blush pink. Here are a few photos that I am inspired by.
Photo credit House Beautiful
Photo credit House Beautiful
Photo credit House Beautiful
I stopped by my local Ottawa Salvation Army thrift store to see what I could find that would work with my colour scheme. Here’s what I found:
One pro tip to help you visual when trying to pull your look together is to use a table at your thrift store to set up your place settings. By doing this, I was able to try out different items and see what worked best for the look I was trying to achieve.
I love these thrifted pieces that I found! By adding a linen tablecloth, silverware and some gorgeous peonies in the blush vase you have created a stunning space on a budget. Next time you are looking to decorate, make sure to hit up your thrift store! Happy thrifting! Click here to get more tips on how to find get the best finds when thrifting.
It’s hard to believe that Summer is almost here! It’s time to refresh and bring in fun, bright colours into your home. One thrifty way to make a big impact to your home is to paint your front door. You can simply up your curb appeal just by painting your front door in a trendy colour that you love. Painting your door is so easy to do. It is a great way to have fun with a stylish colour, it will put a smile on your face when you come home after a long day and make your guest feel welcomed, even before they step inside your home.
There are lots of paint brands on the market but two of my favorites paints to use whenever I upcycle is, Canadian-made Fusion Mineral Paint and FAT Paint. Click here to learn more about Fusion and here to learn about FAT paint. They are both easy to use, have gorgeous colour palettes and do not require priming or heavy duty sanding.
With so many gorgeous colour trends you can have some fun. Here are a few of this year's hottest front door colours.
This happy and inviting blue is on trend and will definitely have your guests feeling welcomed. Get this look by using Robyn's Egg from FAT paint.
Painting your door in this fun yellow will make your house the cheeriest on the block! Accessorize with a few planters and yellow flowers to tie this look together. Get this look by using Fusion Mineral paint Prairie Sunset.
Draw your inspiration from nature by painting your door in sage or muted greens. Get this look from using Bayberry from Fusion Mineral Paint.
Become the trendsetter on your block by painting your door in one of this year’s hottest colours. Soft pinks and blush have a more elegant and contemporary feel and are not overly feminine. Get this look by using Blush from FAT paint.
Blush by FAT paint
Taking the right steps is essential to achieving the best results. Don’t worry... I’ve got you covered. Check out my steps to up your curb appeal and paint your door.
Prepping is key
Prepping is key when painting. Using Fusion TSP to clean your door will remove any oils and grease. Once it’s dry, use 220 sandpaper to scuff up your door, giving it a little tooth while removing any paint that may be chipping. Then use a shop rag and clean water to rinse off the residue. Click here to watch a video how to prep.
Wood door or metal?
If your door is wood you can begin painting. If your door is metal or has an oil based paint on it, use Fusion Ultra grip first to help your paint adhere. Click here to learn how to apply Ultra Grip for best results. After waiting 12 hours you are ready to get started!
Brush or Roller?
After choosing your front door colour, using a microfibre roller and a Staalmeester synthetic brush will give the best results and a smooth finish. Using the roller on longer sections of the door will avoid brush strokes while the brush will help get into hard to reach spots. Avoid painting your door while the sun is shining directly on it, or you risk having the paint dry too fast and causing brush strokes. Paint your door with 2 coats of paints. If you are using Fusion, wait approximately 4 hours in between coats, with FAT paint, you can continue painting as soon as it dries.
No topcoat is needed over Fusion. If using FAT paint, use FAT paint Clear top coat to seal your gorgeous colour and to give it durability. Click here to watch a video on how to easily apply your clear coat.
Painting your front door is an easy, inexpensive way to have fun with trends and up your curb appeal. Looking for more tips on how to refresh your decor with? Watch our Daytime Ottawa and CTV Morning Live segments for more tips. Happy painting!