The Harp Chair

Hey, there! I’m so glad you stopped by today! Got a chair makeover that I am really excited to share with you!

If you follow me over on my Facebook page, you may have a seen a nice little harp-backed chair I picked up on one of my local Goodwill runs a few weeks ago. The chair was in nice condition and I just love the vintage harp on the back, but there is no one in my house doing the pink and white thing anymore:

I nabbed this beauty for $12! Structurally perfect, it was the ideal chair to match up with the DESK I refinished for my daughter earlier this year. Finally!

Well, it will be…once the pink and white is a thing of the past!

To begin with, I gave her a good sanding and a coat of primer, then followed with a matching coat of the flat black paint my daughter had chosen for the rest of her bedroom furniture. (Yes, I forgot to snap a picture of the chair frame in black. But it looked just like this white one, only black.) 

I wanted to tie this awesome little chair in with the rest of my daughter’s Steampunk-inspired bedroom, so my plan was to do a quick and easy paint technique on the harp that I had used on her oval mirror and a couple other accent spots in her bedroom set.

I masked off everything on the chair but the harp. Then, I grabbed the black paint again and my can of metallic gold. The harp was now solid black, so, holding the gold at a good distance from the harp, I hit it with light shots of the gold. Anyplace that got hit with two much gold, I hit with a very light shot of the black again. I followed that with a coat of the polycrylic protective finish in satin.

I wanted an aged gold look and I think it came out great! (The picture, however, did not, because I have no good place to get these shots in my dingy workspace.)

Finally, I recovered the pink seat with some awesome gold and black fabric I found on sale at JoAnn’s Fabrics!


I want to point out something I do on the corners. To avoid bunched up fabric, especially on this chair, where the seat is recessed, I fold and staple one fold at a time and give that a quick press before I move onto the following folds. I staple and press each one separately, so they lay nice and flat.

With the seat finished and the chair frame finished, all that was left was for me to put them back together! 

And here she is paired up with her now-matching desk! 

Please forgive my less-than-stellar, over-pixilated pictures. It’s really difficult to photograph all the black stuff in my house. LOL My love of color has resulted in no white walls anywhere, as a matter of fact! And my daughter’s red and black room makes detailed photographs a real challenge, as I’m not Annie Leibovitz.

So, anyway, I’m really pleased with the heightened interest level of this nifty little chair! But, I would love to hear what you think – good or bad! Leave me a comment and give it to me straight!

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61 thoughts on “The Harp Chair

  1. Amy - while wearing heels says:

    WOW! That is one heck of a transformation. Your daughter must have one of the coolest most interesting rooms. How wonderful that you have made or transformed some of the furniture in there. Really cool and hip transformation.

  2. Dixie says:

    I love the chair. I find them from time to time but they're usually so rickety that I don't buy them for fear of an accident occuring when someone sits down! How lucky to find one structually sound! great job!!

  3. Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel says:

    Love the chair! The black with the fabric is fabulous! Saw this on Debbiedoo's Newbie Party and just had to pop over for a visit. I'm your newest follower. I'd love it if you would visit my blog when you have some time and follow back. Have a great day!
    Tuula 🙂

  4. suzyq says:

    Your chair turned out beautiful!!! Love that you contrasted the "harp"
    Your newest follower – would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time!

  5. Becki says:

    Came over from Fox Hollow Cottage! The harp chair makeover caught my eye. I have one harp chair left over from a garage sale and got it for free! It had no seat and was painted brown. I painted it a shabby white and put a seat cover with blue fabric and it's my desk chair for the kitchen. Told my husband if I ever find a set of those chairs, they are mine!!!! Really love what you did with the chair to match the desk!

  6. Kristy Creighton says:

    Hi, Anne!

    To get the Hometalk button, log into your Hometalk, click on your name up on the top left, then click on My Account. On the right-hand side menu, you should see Widgets in the center. There you will find code for several different styles of blog buttons! I'm just getting started on Hometalk! 🙂

  7. Richella says:

    I like the chair a lot! Honestly, I've seen these chairs many times, but I've never really thought about the design on the back. I like the way you highlighted the harp. And great job on the re-upholstering!

  8. says:

    I love the look. I have six chairs just like this for an antique table of my grandmother's. They are not the original chairs for the table, but they are in the natural wood at this time. I was also able to find a folding chair version of the harp chair from a catalog company about 15 years ago.
    This is a great idea for a spruced look in the future.
    Thanks for the ideas.

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