A Garage Sale Dining Chair Upcycle With Pillow


 I found this vintage chair last summer at a garage sale for $4.

It has had some repairs on the spindles and needed a few more repairs as well with glue and clamps.


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I painted the wooden chair with two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Hurricane Gray 

I have become a big fan of Dixie Belle paint products.  Dixie Belle's website has tutorials, FAQ's and even videos to help you get great results with all of its products.

*Dixie Belle Paint Company has provided me with complimentary paint products.  All opinions about the products are my own.


I used to hate painting chairs with all the skinny spindles and legs, but not any more.

I now use the Zibra Grip-n-Glide 1-Inch Square Paint Brush.  It spreads around the spindle or chair leg and gets three sides at once.



I used Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth to paint just the top front of my chair back.

If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I am a big fan of buffalo checks.  So are my daughters, friends and most of the locals as well.

I have used this *Old Sign Stencils Buffalo Check stencil over and over again.


*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

Here I taped the stencil on a diagonal over the Drop Cloth (off white) top of the chair back.

I stenciled on the buffalo check pattern with Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in CAVIAR (black).

Dixie Belle Paint, once cured in about 30 days, is durable without wax or a sealer.

Since my chair will not likely get used often as a dining chair, I wiped on Dixie Belle Best Dang Furniture Wax in Clear with an Intex Pfc-99972-50t Precision-fiber Paint & Cleaning Rag. These rags work well for wax application.

You can also use an old tee shirt.  One rag to apply the wax and one to wipe it off. 

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Here is the chair back with my buffalo check stencil on the diagonal.

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I like the gray, off white and black together on this chair.

This is a 12" x 20" pillow cover from Hobby Lobby.  These covers come in three different sizes.

They are on sale for $3.49 this week at Hobby Lobby!  If you miss the sale, they are half price at least one week per month. 

The 12" x 20" pillow inserts are not available at Hobby Lobby.  I purchased some feather/down blend inserts at Ballard Designs last year, but Ballard's no longer carries them.  

I centered the stencil on the pillow cover, and taped it in place with blue painter's tape.

It's a good idea to place a piece of cardboard inside the pillow cover while stenciling in case the paint would bleed through the fabric.

I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black for stenciling on the pillow cover fabric.

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Time for buffalo check overload, with the chair, pillow and rug.

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I love to transform my garage sale and thrift shop finds into fun and inexpensive decor with paint and stencils!

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I don't know how long the buffalo check fad will last, but I hope for a while!

Valentine's Day One Piece Decor with Thrift Shop Finds

Buffalo Check Stencil Project Round Up #oldsignstencils #buffalocheck #buffaloplaid #stencil
Recent round up of two years of buffalo check projects HERE.



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