Peacock Chair!

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We picked up this old, tattered antique chair for $20. The upholstery was stained and ripped, the seat and cushion were completely failing, but the frame was sturdy. The carving detail and the overall shape of the chair made it too cute to pass by.

My middle daughter, age 9, asked if we could re-do the chair for her room. She said, “I like it, and if you fix it, I can sit in it while I do my homework.” I needed no further convincing that the chair should be hers!

Her room is painted a bright purple, and she has lots of hot pink accessories and colorful artwork. A restoration of the chair to its former design just wouldn’t make sense for her room. We needed it to be bright, fun, and youthful in fit into her space! On that note, she and I dove into Pinterest looking for inspiration. What idea did we come up with as inspiration to her chair renovation? Peacocks! We decided to make it a vivid, shimmering PEACOCK themed chair!

Here are the peacock themed photos that Daughter and I found on Pinterest that inspired us the most for this chair:

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SOURCES of inspiration: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

The next step was to create a plan and find our materials for our new peacock chair! We decided we would paint the wood frame of the chair some sort of bright blue, “peacock blue,” if you will. We used Rustoleum spray enamel! I just LOVE the opaque glossy finish that their spray enamels provide! It’s such a durable AND pretty finish!

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Together, Abigail and I decided we wanted to use greens and purples in addition to the blue enamel of the chair frame, and we wanted some sort of shine, shimmer and texture from the fabrics. So, I promised that while she was at school I would search online for fun peacock fabrics to order. We found what we believe to be the PERFECT newly manufactured fabrics from an eBay seller; he also has an online store


The fabric for the upper portions of the chair is going to be a beautiful emerald green with metallic sequins in shades of hot pink, purple, gold, greens, and teals! For the seat cushion, we found a purple, laser cut, rosette fabric that reminded us of feathers, yet should be far more durable and comfortable to sit upon than real feathers would’ve been! Aren’t the two fabrics fabulous together with the paint color?! Love it! …and more importantly, my daughter LOVES if! YaY!!

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Then, the work process:

First, we stripped the chair. Mitch pried it apart and Abigail helped pull staples!

Second, we primed, then painted the frame, taking special care not to paint over original makers’ marks! The original Victorian era maker’s stamp is on the frame, a pencil signature from its re-upholstery in the ’40s, and our pencil signature from current reupholstery. That way, if it’s ever re-upholstered 20 or 50 years from now, the history is preserved!:

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Third, we added new webbing for the seat (stapling and trimming excess,) a thick layer of foam for the seat, and a thin layer of foam for the back. Finally, the whole thing was wrapped in polyester fiber (stapling and trimming excess.)

Lastly, we upholstered the back and seat, and stapling all pieces into position, then stapling cardboard tack strip around all of the edges in order to create a smooth surface to adhere finishing trim!

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Now, she’s proud as a peacock of her new chair, and I’m expecting continued straight ‘A’s from all the homework and studying she’ll do while sitting in her Peacock Chair!

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What do you think of our chair renovation? We’d LOVE it if you left us a comment or two!

Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

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Posted on June 4, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Wow and awesome!

    • 😃Thanks, Carol! Abigail and I are thrilled with it! Even Mitch said it was fun to work with such a variety of materials recently (anything other than the leathers he usually uses day to day when upholstering!)

  2. You guys did such a great job on that chair! I love the colors.

  3. The chair is cute. But what impressed me is that you honored the maker’s marks by taking care to preserve them. I’m so glad.

  4. What a fun chair. An ode to the original peacock chair. Nice!

  5. Love the colors…nothing please me more than taking a piece and bringing it back to life…beautiful job💚

  6. this is such a fun chair. I love the color you used for the chair!

  7. Awsome! Love Love Love It!

    Where can I find these fabrics?

    • Thanks! I have a link in my post! Both fabrics are from the same seller! He has a website and now is selling on ebay, too! The sequin peacock fabric was around $17/yard and the rosette fabric was around $6/yard! Such a deal! He’s the manufacturer of the fabrics, so they’re a super low price! Cool, huh? 😃 you can find him at www?

  8. This is stunning. You have a very good eye for color and design. Appreciate the detailed how to instructions.

  9. Paula Driver

    So sophisticated and classy just like you. Really a great job, I know your family will enjoy this unique chair for years to come!

  10. AWESOME!!! I, too, had a “peacock” chair but your’s is more “daring” and darling than mine…
    I just called it that because there was an actual peacock in the fabric…lol! Precious transformation…

    • Aww! Thanks! It was fun to transform, especially since it’s my daughters! 😃 Your chair transformations are GREAT! I’m just starting another one, too…it’s a little heart shaped chair with a full length skirt! It may be a week or two before I have it finished though!

  11. I redid a chair for my daughter…her choices surprised me! But it is so much fun to do things for your kids and see how excited they are when you finish! I refinished a HUGE solid wood desk for my son several years ago…it is still his favorite and he still brags on it!

  12. I LOVE how this turned out!! Such a pretty chair and I think it’s so neat that you made sure to keep those original stamps/markings in tact. Well done. Thanks for stopping by my blog – it’s nice to meet another blogger in LR 🙂 Whitney @

  13. Wow! That is one fun chair! I love how you just went with an idea full throttle!

  14. Hi Amber,

    You and your pretty daughter have every right to be proud as peacocks. This chair is so darling.

    Isn’t it fun finding blues to share? Thanks for playing today.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  15. Great chair. I love the pictorial progress.
    Thanks for sharing. I came over from Blue Monday.
    Have a good week,,

  16. My Dream Canvas

    What a lovely chair. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  17. That was a beautiful makeover! I love that peacock design. Gorgeous and thanks for sharing today.

  18. Congratulations! You’ve been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! What a giant transformation!! Thank you for sharing and don’t forget to stop by the website and pick up your “I’ve Been Featured!” button!

  19. So cute! Nice job.

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