In Home Gallery project in the Making Part 2

I have to admit that I would’ve never thought of doing this project, but I did. I repainted and reupholstered my furniture. It was such a fun adventure, as I did this project during Ramadhan. How on earth did I find the time to do this?

You see, every Ramadhan, I’d devote my time solely for worship (ibadah), especially reciting the Quran. It’s my goal to complete the Quran cover to cover by the end of Ramadhan. It requires consistent effort to focus on the recitation daily.

I didn’t do any artwork as I knew it would be too distracting (because I would get carried away doing my art) and it would prevent me from achieving my ibadah goal.

However, this furniture makeover is part of my in-home gallery project. I had to find the time to dedicate to this project so the furniture would be ready by Eid.

For this project I used the following:

  • Rust-oleum Chalked Ultra matte paint Linen White
  • 2” Paint Brush
  • 4” Paint Brush
  • 1” Flat Art Brush
  • Stapler
  • ¼” Staples
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver

I started with painting the chairs; no sanding, just painting. I cleaned the dust and surface marks from the chairs. Just a word of caution: if you want to try it yourself, you’ll find that the first coat looks ugly. Don’t fret. Let it dry first and then layer the second coat.

You’ll see a huge difference after you paint the next layer.

Third layer: the chairs are already looking brand new.

To reupholster the chair, I learned about the technique first on YouTube. I also bought a new tool, an upholstery staple gun, just for this project.

First, I prepare the fabric for the seat cover. We bought the fabric about 12 years ago from a JoAnn’s store in Reseda and now I finally get the chance to use it. The fabric that I used probably isn’t suitable as a seat cover but I liked its color and design.

I cut just enough fabric to cover the edges, but made sure not to cover the screw holes. I tried to remove the staples on the back of the seat, but to no avail. So I decided to just cover the whole seat instead.

Once I finished, I reinstalled the seat and made sure to screw in the screws tightly. And wow, the chair looks spectacular.

Now, onto painting the dining table. I was kind of nervous about painting it at first because I didn’t know if I could paint the large surface as smooth as I wanted. To paint it, we bought a larger, 4” brush. This way we could cover a larger area when we painted it.

Waiting for the first coat of paint to dry before layering the second coat. I did three coats of paint in all.

What do you think of this makeover of my dining table and chairs? My brother-in-law said that the space looks calm and peaceful. I totally agree and I’m very happy with the results.

But I’m not done just yet, as I'm working on another project that I’ll be doing after Eid.

In the meantime, stay kreatif, folks!
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