Vintage Wooden Folding Chair Gets A Fall Decor Makeover

August 09, 2021


Photo of a vintage wooden folding chair
I have purchased two of these Simmons Vintage Wooden Folding Chairs recently. 

The one that I upcycled for this blog post had a piece of chipboard on the seat as the slats were missing, otherwise it was the same as this one.  Since it was not in original condition, it was a perfect candidate for a makeover.

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Photo of a wooden folding chair being painted in coffee bean paint
After giving the chair a good cleaning, I brushed on a couple of coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Coffee Bean.  

This is my first project with Coffee Bean, a rich dark brown espresso color.

Once the paint was dry, I gathered a few of my Old Sign Stencils' Fall Collection stencilsThey all coordinate with each other for easy multiple uses and projects.

Photo of a pumpkin stencil graphic
The first stencil I used was the fat squatty pumpkin stencil.  

Photo of a wooden chair being stenciled with a pumpkin stencil
I ended up cutting the stencil apart before I taped it on my chair seat, and pounced on the pumpkin using Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in Heritage. Sadly, this paint is not longer available for purchase.  I really liked the shade of orange for pumpkins.

I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Bayberry for the pumpkin stem and leaf.

Photo of a fall graphics stencil
Next, I used the taller pumpkin stencil on the Fall Graphics Stencil.

Photo of a fall graphics stencil
I added the taller pumpkin to the back of my folding chair.

Sometimes I don't even tape the stencil down, I just hold it down on small stenciling jobs.

Photo of a You Pick Orchard stencil
And lastly, I used the "you pick" and "5 cents lb." portions of the You Pick Orchard stencil on the back of the chair too.  I pounced on the lettering using Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk.

All prices on the Old Sign Stencils's website are listed in Canadian currency.  A handy currency conversion link is provided for your convenience.

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

Photo of a wooden folding chair painted and stenciled as fall decor
This is the chair after stenciling.

I decided I wanted to distress the chair with my Ryobi Compact Corner Cat Corded Orbital Finishing Sander This definitely speeded up the distressing process vs. hand sanding. I used 240 grit sandpaper. 

I sprayed two coats of Rust-Oleum Clear Spray Sealer in Matte on the chair to protect the paint and stencils. I wore both an N95 and a dust mask for protection, even though I was outside spraying.

Photo of a wooden folding chair painted and stenciled as fall decor
The best thing about using folding chairs upcycled as seasonal decor is that they tuck away taking up very little storage space!

Photo of a wooden folding chair painted and stenciled as fall decor
This chair is perfect for indoors or under my covered patio.  I would have used more coats of sealer for outdoor use, and maybe even used a spar urethane spray.

Photo of a wooden folding chair painted and stenciled as fall decor
No real pumpkins in my area yet, so I am staging my chair with faux pumpkins.

Photo of a wooden folding chair painted and stenciled as fall decor
I will never tire of upcycling chairs!

Thanks for visiting everyone!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. This is SO gorgeous, Carlene! I just adore how the pumpkins positively pop off the black! I need to get this look on something pronto! Thanks for always inspiring!


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