Spool Wrapped Bentwood Chair

Happy Weekend friends! Things have been a bit nutty around here cause I seem to have something VERY wrong with my foot and of course it happened the day before we went to Disneyland, so I got to limp around all day…ugh. But as lots of you probably saw on Instagram we had a fantastic time and my lil’ lady got to meet a sorts of characters. We even left the little mister with my mom for the day so that we could have some one on one time with her and I forgot how easy it was to only have one kid to worry about! Ha!

When we got back I had some time to finally fix up this bentwood chair that I found at a thrift shop awhile back. I had seen a spool wrapped bentwood chair in a designer furniture magazine a long time ago and the idea stuck with me. So when I found my own sad little bentwood, I knew I had to give it some love and give it a good ol’ chair makeover.

spool wrapped bentwood chair

You may remember awhile back when I found this amazing vintage credenza for a really good deal. I had been using all of my craigslist searching tricks for a really long time before scoring this piece and now with the addition of somewhere to sit to put on your shoes, my entry is really coming together.

Spool Wrapped Bentwood Chair

This bentwood chair was in pretty good shape when I bought it for only 18 bucks! The woven seat was in perfect condition and so I wasn’t sure if I should paint the whole thing white or leave the seat natural. So I decided to tape off the seat and see, cause I could always go back and paint it white later. But I love that I ended up leaving it natural. It adds some character doesn’t it?

spool wrapped bentwood chair

So here is what I did…

Spool Wrapped Bentwood Chair

I taped off the seat by using small pieces of painters tape to create a circle. And then I just stuffed a circle of paper bag on the underside to protect it too. Once it was all taped and ready, I gave it 2 coats of white gloss spray paint. My favorite brand is Rust-Oleum* because it has primer in it and has really nice coverage. (*affiliate link)


Then I played with my kids in the backyard for awhile while it dried. Yes that is my lil’ lady wearing a helmet while drawing on the outdoor chalkboard…safety first!

I let the chair dry for a couple of hours in the sun.

Spool Wrapped Bentwood Chair

Then I brought it inside and got to work on the spool wrapped details. I used 3 different colors of embroidery thread and simply tied it on and started wrapping. I found that doing about 3 to 4 loops at a time and then scrunching them down gently and pulling it tight was the best way to go. It also helps to smooth it out with your finger once it is in place.

How to make over a bentwood chair

I did about 1-2  inch color blocks of each color.

How to make over a bentwood chair

Originally, I was going to do a lot more of the thread, but decided that just a few key spots on the chair was perfect. It added just enough interest and a small pop of color, which I love.vintage bentwood chair redo

I’ve really been focusing on giving my cookie cutter home some character and adding pieces that are a bit more collected looking and this spool wrapped bentwood chair is perfect for that.

Don’t forget to pin any image by hovering over it (except for the one of my kiddos please.)
Bentwood Chair Makeover

What do you think? Do you think there is enough “spool wrapping” on this chair? And would you have left the seat natural or painted it white? I’d love to hear your opinions!

The entry is almost complete and it is going to be nice to have a place to put on my shoes, especially with my hurt “hoof” as the hubs has been calling it.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I’ll see you back here later in the week for The Makers and for a Pinterest Challenge update!

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Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

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  3. What a lovely project. Your chair turned out awesome! Thank you for sharing with us on Twirl and Take a Bow. I noticed that Leslie picked this for one of the features this week…I hope you’ll stop by and visit…and bring another awesome project to link up! ~Tammy

  4. Very cute, Corey! I love projects like this that are easy yet make such a huge change! Your kids are adorable–I didn’t even notice your daughter wearing her helmet in the picture until I read your caption. My daughter wears strange things all the time so I guess I’m used to it!

    1. Thanks Carrie. I guess she is quirky cause of me…which is a good thing haha.

  5. What a beautiful and modern transformation! I can’t believe how much you were able to freshen up this chair and make it soooo pretty! Pinned 🙂

    1. Thanks Katie! This was one of those sit in my garage for a long time projects and I should have done it earlier cause I love it!

  6. Absolutely beautiful Corey! Such a unique way to give a fun look to a piece of furniture!! xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Christine. I’ve really enjoyed getting into buying used furniture and making it my own.

  7. Oh no! I hope your foot is feeling better! And I totally feel you on the one kid thing. We went out of town for a weekend a few months ago and only took the baby leaving the other two kids with grandparents, and it was AMAZING. Oh and also, I love this chair. Like, really, really love it. The wrapped detailing is so perfect with the white and the natural seat!

    1. Thanks Alexis! I don’t know how you do it all with 3! My little one seems to have the top and bottom half of his body running in different directions and let’s just say it doesn’t make for a very coordinated kiddo 🙂 Heart attacks every 10 seconds!

    1. Thank you Krista! I love this style of chair and they seem to be making a comeback so I was so excited when I found one in such great condition!

  8. I’m really digging how you left the seat natural – I think I sometimes leave thrifted items behind because there’s a part I’m not sure how I would paint, but this post reminds me that you don’t have to make an item over completely to give it a fresh & modern look!

    1. Thanks Erika. I really wasn’t sure how it would look, but I’m so glad I didn’t paint that part. I think painting it would have made it look bad too cause of the weaving you know? Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad to have you!

  9. Corey, I really love this idea. It’s such an easy and affordable idea to spruce up an old chair, and make it personal too. Love it!

  10. Corey, This chair is so pretty. What a great idea and good use of colors. I also love the chalkboard attached to the fence.

    1. Thanks Carmody! That chalkboard has helped me get sooooo many projects done! A life saver 🙂

  11. What a creative idea to spruce up an older chair! I have some chairs similar to this, with the caning, and though I love them because they were passed to me from family, they could use a little update. 🙂 So glad I found your blog through Delineate Your Dwelling Link Up!

    1. I have that dilemma sometimes too cause you don’t want to get rid of it cause it holds memories, but it isn’t my style. I say fix it up to make it your style so that you enjoy it right?

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