vintage stadium seats
Yesterday I shared the vintage stadium seats I found at an antiques market.
I really liked the old wood as it was but this idea from Eddie Ross just kept coming back to me.
The seats that Eddie covered were slightly different from mine. His seats were flat but mine have a curve so I decided to only make fabric inserts for the seat backs.
So I headed to Calico Corners and found some fabric that I loved. I only needed half a yard. I went to Tar-jay and picked up some foam board from the school supply section.
I measured the seat back and cut the foam board to fit.
The piece of foam board was big enough that I had enough for both seat backs. Foam board is easy to work with. Just measure, score with scissors, and rock the pieces back and forth until it breaks clean.
Next, I trimmed the fabric with about an inch allowance larger than the board and starting hot glueing.
A little tip…miter the corners so the fabric won’t bunch.
Confession time…I totally planned for the stripes be vertical. I realized my mistake after the inserts were finished. But I have to say, I kinda like the horizontal stripes.
The inserts just pop into place. I can make new inserts with different fabrics to change with the seasons.
I toyed with the idea of leaving the wood alone but decided to paint.
I chose Apple Crisp by Benjamin Moore.
Another tip…if a Ben Moore paint chip has a triangle on it, that means that you should use a tinted primer. Tinted primers are important if you want to end up with the color on the chip.
After two coats of tinted primer and two coats of paint it looked too “clean.”
So I used Annie Sloan soft wax in dark to warm it up. BTW, my favorite application tool for this wax is an old sock. Perfect for applying and smoothing.
See the difference with the wax and without?
All finished. My assistant Riley…mugging for the camera. 🙂
The color in the photos looks more yellow than it truly is. It is much more gold.
And in the foyer.