Makeover {Chair-no arms}


I found this brand new chair at Goodwill.  It still had plastic over the seat cushion.

No matter what I tried, I could not get the arms tighten.  I used glue and a lot of pressure to tighten the screws.  Nothing was working.

I removed the arms, filled the holes with wood putty.

I grabbed my Purdy paint brush and painted the chair with

Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint.

I distressed, waxed, polished.

She never looked better.

Sometimes you have to take-away to make something better!

Have you removed any arms?


My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, The Space Between



  1. 1
    Jo says:

    Nice job Debbie :) I love the colour and the faric is gorgeous! Jo x

  2. 2

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the paint and the fabric choice…just perfect!

  3. 3
    Cherry says:

    That fabric is fab.. I love it without the arms. I bet if who ever donated it could see it now they would want it back.. hugs, Cherry

  4. 4

    Debbie, I love the fabric and the blue!!!! Who knew there were arms?!!

  5. 5
    debbie says:

    Love this chair Debbie. I have the same fabric and have used it on a little rocker I have. No arm removing for me. I am pinning this pretty!

  6. 6

    I always knew you had a sinister side – ripping the arms off that innocent chair!

    But she does look amazing in her all her blue glory!

    And what a great gift you sent Shannon – you are a rockstar!

  7. 7

    Gorgeous! I love it. That blue is to-die-for. I might have to pick up a quart!

  8. 8

    I absolutely LOVE that fabric!!

  9. 9
    Gina says:

    What a pretty chair! I love color & I love the fabric. I don’t think I would have even thought of removing the arms. Great idea!

  10. 10
    Vicky says:

    Very nice I love the color……….great pictures too.

  11. 11
    Bliss says:

    #1 daughter picked up a similar chair at sales last week. She loves hers!


    • 11.1
      Ann says:

      Hi, Debbie! Your chair turned out beautiful! I love it, the paint color, fabric, distressing and wax, I love it all!

  12. 12

    Who needs arms anyway?! :)

    That duck egg blue chalk paint gets me every time!

  13. 13

    Looks awesome! How clever to take the arms off!

  14. 14
    Jennifer says:

    I haven’t ever removed any arms :), but chair makeovers like that are so addicting; I want to pick up any old chair I see and give it some love. Great color and fabric on this one! Beautiful!

  15. 15
    Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    You did a wonderul job on this makeover…love the fabric. No…I have never removed arms, but it looks like I can, if needed.


  16. 16

    You are so right, she never looked better!! Love the fabric and the arm removal. :)

  17. 17

    I don’t think I’ve ever removed arms from a chair, but yours looks great! What fun fabric, too!

  18. 18

    You Rocked this chair! I would have never thought to remove arms.. In love! Love the color you choose AND the Print of the fabric! Super pretty!!

  19. 19

    Gorgeous! I love that fabric. Great solution to your problem too.

  20. 20
    Megan says:

    Super cute chair! i love the bright colors in the fabric! Great job!

  21. 21

    YAY!! You know I love this, thank you so much for linking up! I’m sharing on fb. :)

  22. 22

    Debbie – so glad to see this beauty at our Color party! I’d love to she her rock out to “YMCA” but she has no arms!

  23. 23
    Kate says:

    Stumbled upon this chair picture on Pinterest. LOVE the fabric! What is the name of it? I have to find it. Thanks!

  24. 24
    Nancy says:

    Hi Debbie
    What kind of fabric is this? It is gorgeous! Is it available at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics?
    Love removing the arms and the colors. I’ve heard about using wax to remove some of the paint. Awesome idea :)

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