A painted vanity seat seemed like it would be a quick and easy project. But those are always the ones that take a turn in an unexpected direction. I’ll explain. When I think stripper or stripped I think Channing Tatum in Magic Mike. I don’t think of screws, there’s nothing worse than stripped screws. (If you didn’t get the Channing Tatum/Magin Mike reference, google it and you’re welcome 🙂 )This little vintage seat was sitting in my inventory and is an ideal extra addition to my living room makeover. Since we removed the giant sectional sofa I figured that having a small accent piece that could be used for additional seating when necessary would be perfect.
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Reupholstered & Painted Vanity Seat
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Reupholstering a Vanity Seat – Obstacles
I knew all along that I wanted to use the leftover fabric from my china cabinet project that I received from Spoonflower but I hadn’t decided on a paint color just yet. (Click here to see the china cabinet: China cabinet with Fabric Decoupage ) I decided to start with the reupholstery and would go from there. This is where I ran into my first obstacle. The screws that held the cushion seat to the base had been completely stripped and there is no screwdriver in the world that would be able to remove them. (At least no screwdriver in my collection of screwdrivers). I had to break out my electric drill and screw extractor set.
Once the screws were removed you can see how they look after using the screw extractors (such a nifty tool).
The next obstacle in my path is the abundant amount of staples to be removed. The previous upholstery consisted of the fabric that covered the seat as well as an additional trim resulting in double the staples.
The easiest way that I could think of was to use a small flathead screwdriver and a pair of pliers to pull out the staples.
Reupholstering a Vanity Seat
Once I was past the obstacles I could finally move on to the pretty part and recover the cushion. I laid out the fabric and the seat to see how I wanted the pattern to sit on the cushion and then wrapped and stapled the new fabric with my electric staple gun. This is the extent of my reupholstery skills which doesn’t say much 🙂
Painted Vanity Seat Legs
Now that my seat cushion is reupholstered I have to decide on a color for the legs. I had turned to my Facebook friends for their opinions. I confess that didn’t help and only made the decision harder because they all had so many good suggestions. If you click this photo you will see what I mean. (or click HERE)
In the end, I decided to play it safe and use the same custom color that I had used on my china cabinet makeover.
You can find great quality furniture paint and stain online HERE. An added bonus, when painting furniture, you want to make sure to use a quality non-toxic furniture paint.
Once I painted and sealed the legs I was able to put the painted vanity seat back together. Since my previous screws had been stripped I ran to the hardware store for new screws.
The Result – Reupholstered and Painted Vanity Seat
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Crafty Girls and Furniture Friends
A few of my creative and talented blogger friends and I have joined together in our monthly Crafty Girls and Furniture Friends share. We plan to get together on the second Tuesday of each month 😉
Let’s see what my friends are up to! Make sure to click the links below the image to check out all the amazing projects that my bloggy girls are working on this month.
Care to See the Other Projects of the Room Makeover?
This reupholstered and painted vanity seat was part of our entire living room makeover. To see more projects related to this living room makeover, check out these other posts:
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