How to Reclaim Old Dining Chairs

Before & After How-To

I love easy how-to projects, especially when the instructions are as clear as black and white.  Reclaiming furniture is satisfying artistically, economically, and environmentally – not to mention, it builds “do-it-myselfing” confidence.  All kinds of items to reclaim can be found on DiggersList like this chair, which can be transformed using the how-to instructions below.  Have a look-see at today’s syndicated article and feel free to email us with your own reclaiming results-the best will be featured on an upcoming blog.

Originally posted 01.04.2010 by

Before & after

Reclaimed dining chairs


Here’s what you’ll need:


  • black latex paint (I used Benjamin Moore Low Lustre Metal & Wood Enamel [363-4B])
  • 1/2 yard of fabric (I used “Arboretum Toile Cinder” found at Calico Corners or
  • artist’s medium (I used Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish)


  • screwdriver
  • paint brushes
  • drop cloth
  • hand or electric sander
  • fabric shears
  • ballpoint pen

Here’s what you do:

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly,'s key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).