September 5, 2012

Comic Book Chair

My son was lucky enough to receive this old schoolhouse chair as a gift from his great grandmother a couple of years ago. He's getting old enough to want to sit at his desk to color and read so I decided we needed to really make it fit his room, his likes, and his personality with a little makeover. 

You can see the chair in this photo from his room makeover a couple of years ago. 

For this project you will need the following supplies:
Wooden chair
3M TEKK Protection (eye & respiratory)
Spray primer
Spray paint in your color of choice
Spray sealer

My wooden chair only had a light coat of stain so I used the 80 grit sandpaper to give it a good all over rub down. This will give the primer something to stick to. If there had been a heavier stain or paint I would have used a lower number grit sandpaper to remove it.

Remember, with sandpaper, the lower the number the more coarse the paper.

After wiping the chair down with a damp rag, its time to paint! 

Start with a coat of spray primer. 
After it dries, sand lightly with the fine 180 grit sandpaper and apply a second coat of primer if necessary.

Be sure you are working outside or in a well ventilated area. 
I tend to do a lot of my spray painting in my potting shed because of the amount of wind we have around our house. So I am always careful to take the proper protection. Eye and respiratory safety are a must for this project. 

Once the primer has dried completely, lightly sand it again with the 180 grit so you will be working on a smooth surface. Spray a light coat of paint. Applying several thin coats of paint rather than 1 or 2 heavier coats will prevent dripping of the paint. Be sure to lightly sand between each coat of paint.

While the paint is drying, prepare your fabric to go on the chair. 

I decided to create my own fabric using an image from RLHyde on Flickr of a pile of assorted Spiderman comic books. 

I used the freezer paper printing process to run muslin fabric through my home printer. 

I measured and trimmed the fabric to fit on my chair.

Once the paint is 100% dry, use decoupage to attach the fabric to the chair. 
Apply another coat of the decoupage on top of the fabric to seal it.

Add a coat of spray sealer all over the chair and you're done!

I'll show you how to make the chair start to finish in this video tutorial. 

The best part about the chair is, of course, that my son adores it!

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  1. My son would LOVE a chair like that!! We are in the midst of being huge fans of Spiderman and every other day a new super hero! I love how superheros live on forever. Its like the one fad that has stuck! SO COOL!

  2. What a great chair!! It is so super cute - I'm sure he's going to love it! And can I just say how much I love the videos?? The step by step process was so great! :)

  3. Adorable! If I could do this in college boy size and ship it to his dorm, I totally would.

  4. So cute, Michele! We have that same chair in need of a makeover too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Great Post! I love how your chair turned out. Even my little girls would love this!

  6. Wow I really need to do this for my sons room! He would be over the moon with a comic book chair. Great job on yours.

  7. this turned out fantastic. I absolutely adore it!

    rae gun ramblings

  8. Such a great idea. I love it. My grandson is a Star Wars fan. I may have to do something like this for him.

  9. That's adorable! I'm always drawn to projects with comics, and I've never seen a chair like this! So cute. Found you at the 30 Handmade Days linkup. Hope you'll stop by. New follower.

  10. Amazing and Incredible! (goofy Spiderman reference :) I'm out to look for a chair so I can make one for my son. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  11. I love this project! I'd love it if you'd join me on my T.G.I.F. Linky Party that I host every Thursday evening - Sunday and I'd love to be added to your list. :)


  12. Love it, Michele! The vivid red is fabulous!

  13. It's awesome Michele! Goodness I so wish we lived closer! We would have so much fun working on projects together!

  14. Super cool, Michele! I had NO idea you could print on fabric like that. Completely fabulous. :)

  15. What a fun chair. Love the addition of the comic book. Super fun!

  16. How adorable is this!! My son would think I was the coolest! Great job! ;)

  17. Such a cute idea! My husband would love this. Thanks for sharing!
    Brianna from Flippin' Delicious

  18. Looks fabulous! I love how you can customize this with any theme to fit your room and child's personality. The fabric will hold up better than a real comic book too. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

  19. I love how you customized the chair for you son...I bet he just adores it!!! I always forget that you can print images on fabric. Thank you so much for sharing the video of your are too cute:-)

  20. I'm the photographer that took this picture. I have to say, I love how you've used it :) Very cool!

    1. Hi Ryan! I'm so glad you found my project. Your photo was PERFECT for it, and my son just loves Spiderman. Thank you so much for making your photo available! :)


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