Here we are again for another Thrift Store Challenge post. These are some of my favorite posts and today’s project is a good one. I made some DIY director chair replacement canvas and gave the chairs a new, darker stain color.
I found these at a local garage sale for $10 for the pair. My son, Brian and his wife are both film makers so I texted them to see if they would be interested in them. Of course they were so I snatched them up.
Director chairs are something I have never tackled before and I didn’t think it could be very hard to make the new canvas covers. So…I dove right in.
Thrift Store Challenge
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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DIY Director Chair Replacement Canvas..and New Stain Color
As I mentioned earlier Jeff and I found these directors chairs at a garage sale. We got them for $10 for the pair. It was such a great deal. Brian and Tiffany said they would love them and I knew I could make them look fabulous!
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- Minwax PolyShades Spray
- Duck Cloth Fabric – Steel Drake French Stamp Natural Air Traffic Black Canvas
- Sewing Machine
This is how the chairs looked when I picked them up at the garage sale.
There are two of them just like this. Aren’t they cute? They are a tall, bar stool height. I cannot get in them without jumping. LOL. Good thing Brian and Tiffany are much taller than I am.
They needed a good cleaning so I removed the seat and back canvas and cleaned them with warm soapy water.
Since I knew I was going to stain them a darker color I sanded them too. Then they were ready for their new look.
Staining The Wood
I was all pumped up to get this wood stained. The Minwax stains are always my favorite and we has this Mission Oak color in the garage so I went for it.
I started with a foam brush and I knew right away that wasn’t going to work. The brush marks were awful and it looked terrible.
Menard’s carries the Minwax Polyshades just like the can above in a spray product. I had never tried it but thought this was the perfect opportunity.
The spray was amazing. It had a few downfalls but I would use it again in a heart beat. They needed a lot of coats and some parts looked a little lighter than others so I felt like I had to keep going over it to make it even. It still looks that way but not as bad.
Here is one that is almost done next to the one that hadn’t been started. I think it looks so much better.
I got to work on the second one and started the seats and backs.
Sewing the DIY Director Chair Replacement Canvas
This, to me is the fun part. Brian and Tiffany started a film company and they wanted their logo on the back. He also mentioned black as the color. I didn’t want the entire seat and back to be black so I headed to Hobby Lobby to find some cool fabrics.
Duck cloth is a strong fabric and they had quite a few patterns to choose from. Plus there was a black canvas that I could use. I found one for Tiffany and one for Brian that blend well but aren’t matchy matchy and they both go with black.
They loved the fabric choices so I was off to get started.
Making The Backs
I started by measuring the old canvas back piece and cutting my pieces including a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
The old canvas pieces made great patterns for the new. I had to make some differences because I was using two pieces of fabric.
I started with the back piece. The black piece needed to have the logo added to it before I could proceed. I cut it out using gray vinyl from my Silhouette machine and used my Cricut Press to adhere it to the canvas.
After this part was done I created a “pocket” of sorts so it can slide onto the wood part of the chair. It’s not really a pocket. The original back piece didn’t have an extra piece. It was wrapped around and the ends were tapered in.
I started by drawing the shape on the black fabric.
After I cut them out I folded in the edges and stitched the long side edges down. The top and bottom were not stitched to the back piece to allow the it to slide onto the wood part of the chair.
Then I was ready to add it to the front fabric.
The stitching started about 3 inches in on the bottom then went all the way around to about 3 inches in on the bottom of the opposite side. I left an opening to be able to turn it right side out.
After it was turned and ironed, I added a top stitch all the way around.
Making The Seats
I basically used the same process for the seats but I was able to turn the sides over to create a space for the dowels instead of adding separate pieces on the back.
The cut pieces were placed right sides together and stitched across the top and the bottom.
The pieces were ironed then I top stitched the top and the bottom.
The short ends were folded to tuck in the raw edges then folded again to make a space for the dowel.
Here is the back. I did go back over that seam with a double stitch to make it stronger.
When the seats were done I was ready to add the canvas pieces to the director’s chairs.
They fit nicely…but tight. I think the fabric will stretch a little over time. My seams at the ends are a little bulky and don’t quite fit all the way into the groove. It sticks out a little bit but not enough to worry about.
Jeff tried them out for strength. I was a little nervous but they worked. He even said they were pretty comfortable.
What do you think? Do you love them?
I hope they like them.
I love the way they turned out and hope they hold up and remain strong enough.
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