Refinishing Johanna’s Landing Strip Chair

On my wish list was a better chair for my front door landing strip. I love the chair my grandfather made but it has arms. That means that whenever I’d sit in that spot to put on shoes, I’d bang my elbows. Plus it’s old and creaky, not as sturdy as one would like for regular use. So on my wish list has been the right chair to put in the landing strip, one that could also be pulled to the dining table when extra seating was needed.

No Spend Spring meant that this item would probably be on the wish list for awhile until . . . my friend Johanna moved gave me her old sewing chair!

It was pretty for where she had it but not right for my use.

Johanna's old sewing chair
Johanna’s old sewing chair


I’ve got pink accents in my living room, anchored by a grey sofa and white chairs. There’s other color as well so I try to restrict the palette on the furniture. My ideal makeover would be to paint this new chair white and upholster it with this fun fabric from Waverly called Lotus Lake Blossom

Waverly Lotus Lake
Waverly Lotus Lake

I love the grumpy looking koi. discounts the SRP of $23.99 a yard to $17.99 plus shipping. I really only needed 1/2-3/4 yard but No Spend Spring means even that was out of reach.

I rummaged in the leftover fabric stash and pulled out a remnant from my ottoman slipcover. Went into the paint pile and found a quart of muddy grey sample paint. Pulled out the calcium carbonate and mixed up a small batch of chalk paint. Sanded, painted, waxed, stapled and ended up with this.

Johanna's chair, remade
Johanna’s chair, remade
Johanna's chair, being usability tested by the Mints
Johanna’s chair, being usability tested by the Mints
Here's Johanna's chair in its new  home. Max is good with it.
Here’s Johanna’s chair in its new home. Max is good with it.

All done! The gray, which makes the chair disappear against the sofa was the paint color on hand that worked best with this fabric remnant.

There’s a part of me that’s still yearning to do something great with that wonderful Waverly Lotus Lake Blossom fabric. I console myself by remembering that the Mints eventually ruin all upholstery. Someday I’ll have the excuse to cover it anew with Lotus Lake.

What do you think? Does it generally works okay where it is? Should I save my pennies for Lotus Lake Blossom and/or go creamy white on the chair? Or is that too much contrast? Is it necessary to get the giant potato dog in every picture?

As always, thanks for taking a look. And thanks Johanna!

4 thoughts on “Refinishing Johanna’s Landing Strip Chair”

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