A Crafty Mix


An Old Chair Gets Some TLC and Gypsy Love

I think I must have been a gypsy in my previous life. I love to tinker and I adore rich, vibrant colors, pretty patterns and textures and lots of well-loved vintage furniture. Hubby, on the other hand, is more of a traditionalist. Let me tell some of our conversations can get pretty heated when it comes to decorating the house. But, hey give me layers and colorful, eclectic accents over classic, symmetry and I’m happy 😉

Talking about happy don’t you just love thrift stores, auctions and flea markets? They’re my go-to place when I need a little inspiration. Just recently we snapped up this sweet little chair at a local thrift store for a bargain. I just loved it’s well-worn, folk-like character and hubby was impressed with its solid bones. What, chairs have bones? We both agreed that she had to come home with us so we could give her a good dose of TLC.

Our gypsy chair has good bones

She’s got good bones

Poor baby, I have no idea how long she’d been left outside for, but she was covered in spider webs and a really needed a new coat of something. We gently coaxed the spiders into the garden and used a mouse sander to sand her down and applied some outdoor wood sealer and stain. She just soaked up all that love, so we had to give her a few more coats just to make up for all the neglect she suffered in the past.

Sanding and sealing the gypsy chair

Sand and seal

She was happy, hubby was happy. Her lovely bones were beautifully restored, but I still thought she need a little more. Drum roll please……………………. something a little more gypsy like.  Enter this gorgeous piece of fabric.

The rich jewel like tones and gorgeous texture of this fabric is perfect for a gypsy styled theme

Jewel like tones

Don’t you just want to run your hands all over it? The rich, jewel like tones and fluffy texture were perfect for turning my our chair into a throne fit for a queen. I started off by cutting some batting into a heart shape that fit neatly onto the seat of the chair.

Cut a heart shape from the batting

Heart shaped batting

Then I cut the fabric using the heart as a template and adding a good 10 cm all around, so I’d have enough to play with.

Cut a heart shape to make the cushion for the chair

Cut a heart shape to make the cushion

You need to cut a small slit at the top of the heart shaped fabric to make it easier to tuck around the batting and prevent the fabric from bunching up.

Make a slit at the top of the heart so it's easier to tuck around the batting

Make a slit at the top

To attached the cushion, these metal upholstery tack strips are awesome. They made it so easy. There are holes every few inches and you just hammer in the tacks.

Upholstery strips make it so much easier

Upholstery strips

I used two strips and started at the top of the heart, carefully bending the strips around the heart shape, making sure that the two strips joined on a hole at the bottom of the heart, so that there was somewhere for the last tack to go.

Attach the cushion using upholstery tacks. Start at the top of the heart and work your way around making sure it joins nicely at he bottom

Starting and finishing with a hole

That’s better. Now those good bones have a pretty ass seat too 😎

Look at the beautiful texture of this free spirited gypsy chair. You just want to touch it and the colors change and dance in the light.

Look at that beautiful texture

Celebrating nature and a well loved chair in true gypsy style. Bold beautiful colors and tactile fabrics mixed with well worn wood. What more do you need?

A well loved gypsy chair

I’m really happy with how she turned out. She’s perfect for nourishing my gypsy soul even if I stay in the same place and I don’t think hubby minds too much. After all she’s still got those good bones 😉

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   DIY Tutorials, Furniture Hacks, Home Decor Crafts, Trash to Treasure


  • Posted: October 18, 2016 13:33


    Great great tips! I’m going to do that today.
    • Posted: October 18, 2016 13:36


      Thank you Thomas
  • Posted: October 9, 2016 06:21


    You did a great job! The purple texture is so so beautiful even though this color is not my favourite. Sitting on this chair while reading is surely amazing!
    • Posted: October 9, 2016 07:28


      Thank you so much Laura, she really comfy
  • Posted: October 1, 2016 15:38


    You know what, purple is my fav color all the time. That's the reason why I stared at this chair for about 1min :) You did a good repair and good color choose, too.
    • Posted: October 2, 2016 06:39


      Thank you so much Ana ;-)
  • Posted: September 19, 2016 17:25

    Alan C. Brown

    How great your recycle project is. I have some old chairs in my stock and I have plan to paint them with mix-colorful, add texture on after reading your post. Thanks so much for inspiration!
    • Posted: September 20, 2016 12:55


      Thank you Alan :-)
  • Posted: September 18, 2016 14:46


    I saw something similar just the other day at a flea market and left without taking it with. Now I'must sorry :-(
    • Posted: September 19, 2016 05:12


      Awwwww maybe it will still be there next week?
  • Posted: September 17, 2016 15:08


    That's great idea, there is an old chair in my house, and I like your unique chair and the way you gave this chair new life. Thanks for the detailed guide and I'm looking forward to reading your new posts.
    • Posted: September 19, 2016 05:18


      Thanks so much Kim ;-)
  • Posted: September 17, 2016 15:07

    Erin Taylor

    This is a great idea. The old chair looks wondeful after transformed. And it is more beautiful when you put near the flowers and green plants.
    • Posted: September 19, 2016 05:13


      Thank you Erin/ Our orange Clivias had just started flowering and they looked so pretty with the purple pooofy cushion, I couldn't resist.
  • Posted: September 15, 2016 13:51


    OMG. You have left me speechless! This is so cool. this is such a unique and creative way to give this chair like new. purple is my fav. thanks for detail guide
    • Posted: September 15, 2016 17:57


      Thank you Tamar. P.S. You have such a beautiful name BTW
  • Posted: September 1, 2016 19:28


    Oh my, this is such a unique and creative way to give this chair new life Michelle! Love the purple with the wood!
    • Posted: September 5, 2016 07:29


      Glad you like it Katrin ;-) That purple material is just so pretty and fluffy and different.
  • Posted: August 30, 2016 17:32

    Michelle - Happy Heart™

    Love that old chair Michelle…and that purple heart = PERFECTION!!! Looks absolutely gorgeous in the garden!!!
    • Posted: August 31, 2016 06:12


      Yay, so glad you like it Michelle
  • Posted: August 30, 2016 16:42

    Robert Smith

    great idea, there is an old chair in the shed of my house. i'm not sure but maybe it's about 20 years old, my grandmom used to use it when i was young. i'm thinking about re-new it for her 80 birthday. thanks for sharing this.
    • Posted: August 31, 2016 06:11


      Oh I think your grandmom will love that. Share some pics when you're done please
  • Posted: August 30, 2016 16:33


    Love, love, love!!!! No words, I just love
    • Posted: August 31, 2016 06:07


      Awwww thank you Sahannah. Beautiful name BTW
  • Posted: August 27, 2016 20:19


    I love reusing old items! Great chair makeover with a whimsical vibe.
    • Posted: August 29, 2016 06:26


      Thank you Brianna ;-)
  • Posted: August 27, 2016 13:26

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    We see lots of similar poorly chairs when we got to the auction, I'll definitely snap one up next time - love this transformation, and the colour is fab!
    • Posted: August 29, 2016 06:26


      Really glad you like it Sarah. It breaks my heart when I see something that looks well loved but so forlorn. I just want to make it okay again.
  • Posted: August 26, 2016 22:08

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Oh my!!! You have left me speechless! This is so cool. First of all the purple color takes it to special 60's mod territory. Then the fuzzy fabric you used and finally the heart shape. Words are too much for this super cool project. Stop me!!!
    • Posted: August 27, 2016 07:12


      Lol, Mary, please don't stop. I love your comments :D
  • Posted: August 26, 2016 20:38


    Michelle, I'm glad you sweeped this ol' girl up, she's beautiful!! I like how you restored the wood and the seat, oh the seat, is so gorgeous!! Love the heart shape, how creative and the purple fluffy fabric looks so comfy. Awesome, love it!!
    • Posted: August 27, 2016 07:11


      Oh Keri, thank you so much, I'm so glad you like it and I've still got some of that gorgeous purple fabric left. I'm thinking of making hubby a bow tie, he's always looked good in purple ;-)

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