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Posted on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 : 12:05 p.m.

Refurbishing an old wing chair creates a high end look for less

By Sarah Finks


Wing chair with antique nickel nail head trim.

Sarah Finks | Contributor

I have been crushing over the Chelsea wing chair from Williams- Sonoma Home lately. Since I have decided to use mostly reused furniture for our home makeover, I was feeling conflicted. Love the chair, want the chair, but I have professed to all of my readers that I will be using reused furniture.

What is a girl to do?

I checked out Craig's list and found two matching wing chairs. They were nothing special, but I liked the shape and thought they would look perfect in front of the fireplace. I ordered two slip covers, since I don't sew, and picked up antique nickel decorative nails at Joanne Fabrics. With the kids in bed, I sat down in front of a week's worth of Oprah and went to work.


Craig's List Wing Chair

Sarah Finks | Contributor

Total Cost Per Chair:

$30 for chair
$10 decorative nails
$60 slip cover

$100 Total

You can also see the new paint color peeking out behind the chair. What do you think? Next on the list, finish the other chair, paint the walls and solve the great fireplace screen debacle. Stay tuned!

Thanks to Janell at Isabella & Max Rooms for the great inspiration!

If you would like to see more picture of how I made this chair, including more "after" shots, click here.

Sarah Finks is a local mom and blogger trying to find order amongst the chaos of three small boys and a wonderful husband. Feel free to e-mail me at or check out my blog at for more household tips.