It’s almost July and I’m getting a little panicky at all the projects in my garage. Luckily, most are of the smaller nature so I can get them wrapped up with a few days’ work. This valet’s chair is one of them.
I wish I had taken a better before picture to show its terrible condition. All of the finish on the metal parts was discolored, and the vinyl had some tears and questionable stains. Pretty much everything needed to be redone.
This is with just one coat rubbed on. The difference makes you feel like you’re making some real progress and that everything you touch is gold. I did this same process to the chair legs and the scuff marks disappeared.
The foam was in really good shape which surprised me. Usually when I take old fabric off the foam is stained and crumbling and falls all over my rug never to be seen again. This time my project was going so smoothly and I was a happy camper. Then I stapled away with my trusty PowerShot stapler from college.
While I don’t have any process of spray painting the metal, it went something like this: Sand the metal with steel wool, wipe the metal with a wet paper towel to get all the dust off, then spray light even coats. Except don’t spray when the cottonwood trees are about to inundate your area with snow-like seeds. And make sure your pieces are securely standing up and won’t fall over if you try to move them. And make sure bugs don’t land after you’ve freshly painted a coat. And cover ALL the metal with spray paint so you don’t have to come back 72 hours later and apply another coat. And when you’ve missed a few places, make sure it isn’t supposed to rain right after you put on the finishing coat.
Above all, avoid throwing the entire project in a trash can. Spray painting has never been more problematic for me. Oh well, the more you know!
I wish my husband had a vintage suit so I could style this baby up, but we’ll have to make do with an eyeglass case and some fancy vintage cufflinks. In all honesty, this project really did turn out great, and I learned some valuable things along the way. Such as, we need a big warehouse to safely refinish our projects. Maybe one day!