A Vintage Telephone Chair Brought Back to Life

I found this little telephone chair at the Salvation Army Store one day and it was in such bad shape they couldn’t even sell it so they gave it to me for $3.00!
The picture does not do it’s shabbiness justice but the paint was all peeling and chipped, the seat was stained and smelly and under the stinky seat cover was actually old wood chair filling.  Despite it’s ickiness, I loved the details on the frame and knew that there was no way I was going home
without it!


In order to redo it, I had to strip this chair down to the frame and rebuild the seat and it’s supports.  Once the frame was study, I used new padding to build it up and make the seat a lot more comfortable.
This gorgeous fabric had found it’s way home with me prior to the chair’s arrival and turned out to be perfect for this project.  I used the fabric as a jumping off point for the paint colours.
I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Pure White to paint the frame of the chair and Provence to paint the details.  I wanted the details to be subtle but noticeable so gave them a pop of colour with Provence first and then dry brushed over them with the Pure White.
I finished the entire frame off with a coat of clear wax and then a hint of dark wax on the details to add a little depth.
I was truly amazed at the transformation of this chair.  To think that it was going to end up in the dumpster because The Salvation Army couldn’t even sell it and all it needed was a little TLC!

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2 Comments on " A Vintage Telephone Chair Brought Back to Life "

  1. Lisa

    So glad you saw it's potential! It really turned out lovely!! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

    1. Lisa

      Thanks Jann and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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