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Rustic Glam Chair Makeover-Easy Fix For Those Dark Legs

Hi friends!

I say friends with excitement because you are.

You all take time out of your busy day & let me into your home in some way or another and for that I am

incredibly GRATEFUL!

I just wanted you to know how appreciated you are:).

So how’s your summer going?

For some of you, your children have already headed back to school

but for us here in NY we are still enjoying summer for a few more weeks,yay!

Summer is amazing here on LI, we are at the beach & pool most days,

so with that being said,

my projects….

have taken a little longer to complete.

And I wouldn’t change that for anything.

This summer….is one I will treasure for years to come!

You ever have those moments that you are all there,

100% present and awake to the gifts in your life?

Yup, that has been this summer for me:)!

Ok, so I am in the home stretch with a couple of projects and have finished a few,


Here is one of them……

I have walked past these chairs for over a year and they drove me crazy.

The finish is very pretty, it just didn’t go with the rest of my room.

I have a “Rustic Glam” thing going on

& although I am NOT a matchy matchy person,

these hit a nerve:)!

Do you have a piece in your home that just doesn’t fit in?

Before & After-change the look of your chair legs-City Farmhouse 2

Easy Steps….

1. Use an electric sander & sand the legs.

Make sure you are in a well ventilated area & use a mask.

If you don’t have one, buy one!

I have a  Black & Decker-Mouse,

it saves so much time.

2. Wipe off surface and distress if you like that look using some tools to make intends.

3. Take your Steel Wool & Vinegar Solution(let fine steel wool sit in vinegar) that has been sitting for 48 hours and brush on with foam brush.

Let dry.

The wood on most of these legs isn’t the best quality, they can even be a mix of woods,

so the stain may not take the same on different legs and even on same legs in areas


I like that look.

4. You can add different layers  to give depth.

I added a few brush stokes of a watered down cream and wiped off excess.

Grays would be pretty to layer,

I wanted a natural look to compliment my fabric.


You have a fresh new look for your dark stained chairs:).

Easy makeover for your dark legged chairs-take them from tradional to rustic glam

On a side note…

Below is the desk I am working on. It is NOT finished but wanted to give you a sneak peak,

stay tuned!

Easy fix for those dark chair legs-the before-City Farmhouse

Easy fix for those dark chair legs-the after-City Farmhouse

The rug I bought from an estate sale in “the Hamptons” 5 bucks…

hardly been used and washed up great!

Easy & quick chair  makeover-City Farmhouse

 Chair makeover-easy fix for those dark legs-City Farmhouse

Easy makeover for your dark legged chairs-take them from tradional to rustic glam-City Farmhouse

Rustic Glam chair makeover-City Farmhouse

 I have so many AMAZING things in the pipeline that I can’t wait to share!!!

One of which I will announce next week

& it is BIG,

you don’t want to miss this!

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Have a blessed & creative day,

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  1. Love how that changed the seating just with the lighter legs! I am always changing things around here now and I think it drives my hubby insane. LOL Thanks for sharing and I love that desk, can not wait until your done and how it off. 🙂

    1. Thank you Debra! I do too & it also drives him crazy, I think he would be happy watching TV on a Futon with a cardboard box as a coffee table:). Have a happy day! Jen

    1. Thank you Anne! I have way too much painted furniture I needed a break:). Have a fantastic day, Jen

  2. Lovely chair! I am so glad you are enjoying your summer at the beach. We have been enjoying ours on the lake. I am soaking up these last couple of summer weeks myself before my oldest begins Kindergarten.

    I can’t wait to see all your upcoming projects. You are so inspiring! Have a lovely weekend!

  3. I think I want to do something similar with my dining room chairs. It looks great!
    And I know exactly what you mean with being 100% present and awake to the gifts in my life. I’m enjoying every moment right now. As a result of that I feel a little out of touch with blogging 😉

    1. I know what you mean! It is important to keep things in perspective and enjoy those gifts:)!
      Have a great weekend friend, Jen

  4. Jen,

    I lived on LI until I was nine…such fun memories! 🙂 I love your chair transformation and the rustic glam look. That turquoise throw is also calling my name. Thanks for linking up at the Inspiration Gallery!


  5. What a great transformation! Sometimes it’s just the little things 🙂 As for the summer, my girls went back to school yesterday, and I already miss them! Enjoy those last few days! Life to the full! Melissa

  6. Thank you thank you Jen! I have a light chartreuse vintage sofa in the salon that had yucky wooden legs, I painted them matte black but feel JUST like you do; they dont mesh with my vision. THIS is going to save me from buying new little legs for it! Thanks so much, it is the EXACT look I was going for. So glad you are enjoying your summer as well. I love seeing your IG pics. You seriously live in heaven. Have a great rest of your summer pretty girl!


  7. I was so happy you shared this information on your post. I love your chair, rug, and desk. Enjoy your weekend.

  8. So pretty Jen! I popped over to see if this is something I could do with a pair of chairs I’m about to reupholster but unfortunately they have details carved into the legs. Bummer! I really wanted to just age them instead of painting them. I guess I could strip them. Do you know of a stripping product that works well in grooves? I use Soygel for flat surfaces. p.s. total steal on the rug!!!

  9. What brand is the cream you used? A little lost when you say any kind of cream 🙂 thanks!!

  10. Jen,

    These are gorgeous! Can you tell me where you got the chairs? I love your technique, I will be doing this for my dining chairs as well! Great work!

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