Cross Stitch Antique Chair Refinish

Vintage Style Cross Stitch Chair

I’m so excited to show off today’s project to you! I think it’s maybe my favorite transformation project I’ve ever done. :)

For quite a while now I’ve been admiring cross-stitch chairs – I mean they’re just so darling with their wicker all decorated with pretty yarn and threads. And I’ve always meant to do a rocker, but I stumbled across this sad little chair in an antique store and I just knew we were meant to be together!

Vintage Style Cross Stitch Chair

I had so much fun with this! And I will sort of explain what I did with the refinishing, but every chair is so different that you almost have to take each one and decide what will work best for it.

Also, in fair warning I took a bajillion pictures of my new cutie so you’ll have to bear with me here. :)

Vintage Roses Chair Refashion

I knew I wanted to do something floral so I went hunting on Etsy for some vintage fabric. I found this gorgeous roses barkcloth at Groove Cloth and I knew it was perfect! If you’re not familiar with barkcloth, it’s a heavier woven fabric with an almost linen feel to it. After choosing the fabric I sketched out some cross stitch roses that would fit in my wicker and would coordinate with the fabric. I think they really compliment each other, don’t you?

Antique Chair Refashion

Here’s a brief tutorial for you – feel free to email me with any questions you have about the process!

I started with this simple wooden chair – it didn’t even have a cushion. But she had awfully pretty arms and legs.

Wicker and Wooden Chair Before Refinishing

For the paint, I tried chalk paint powder for the first time! I used BB Frosch – it was super easy to use and it made the paint go on really easily. I used a clear wax as a finish and I LOVE the way it feels on the paint. It has an almost satiny feel to it.

I also distressed the paint just a little. I wanted it to feel vintage but not super distressed.

Chalk Paint Powder Chair Refinish

For the cross stitch, I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This – Cotton Yarn for all the colors except the medium pink. I used two strands of yarn for each stitch and after creating the pattern, I stitched on the cane of the chair just like you would on fabric.

Cross Stitching Chair

I overlapped the end of the yarn with stitches on the back side so there wouldn’t be knots or loose threads.

Back of Cross Stitch Chair

It was really easy to stitch up, it just took time to make sure everything was laying nicely.

Cross Stitch Roses on Chair

I measured the space inside for the cushion and sewed up a cushion with white piping. For the inside I used foam wrapped with batting. I also added a bit of fleece to a piece of fabric for the front piece on the chair and stapled it in place.

It all took some time to do but I’m so happy with how it came out! I’ve gotten a bit territorial with it too.

This is Kato’s “I’m not allowed in this chair??” face. He’s obviously not thrilled.

Kato Kitty and Chair

Poor kitty.

Here’s a few more photos. Cause I can’t help myself.

Vintage Fabric on Chair

Antique Chair Refashion

Painted Chair Refinish

Cross Stitch Antique Chair Refinish

You made it to the end of the photos – gold star to you! :) I’d love to know what you think of it!



  • Reply July 17, 2015

    Sinea Pies

    Found your post on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Wow! My grandmother actually had furniture with the same floral design as the fabric you used here. Lovely! Pinned :)

  • Reply July 18, 2015

    Gentle Joy

    What a great idea… such a beautiful chair from an old unappealing one. You truly have a one of a kind piece of furniture. :)

  • This is a great idea! What a change from the old, rundown way it looked before. Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty and I hope you’ll join in again next week!

  • Reply July 19, 2015


    It’s gorgeous! I’m not surprised you are territorial about it – it’s just so lovely!

  • What a clever idea. This is so pretty. Thanks for posting. Hello from Treasure Box Tuesday.

  • This is really a great makeover – I love this chair so much! Pinned. I will now be spending lots of time thinking about where I could put a similar piece of furniture and looking for one to restyle.

  • Reply August 2, 2015

    Southern Gal

    My daughter has a sofa and a chair like this. She thought of painting them, but changed her mind. I’m sending her this post! Beautiful.

  • Reply August 7, 2015

    A Cut Above

    A great renovation, the design stands out really well.

  • Reply September 14, 2015


    Beverly – Fabulous job with the makeover of that chair! Cross stitching caning… who knew? What a fun idea. First of all, thank you so much for buying the fabric and again for sharing your project with me! You are obviously very talented. Great job!

  • Reply November 23, 2015

    Sadie Seasongoods

    Ok, Bev, I’m going to be trying my first oversize cross stitch over the holiday weekend…so I might send you an SOS if I need help!! ;)

  • Reply March 29, 2016


    Love what you have done! Stunning- great find and great restoration. I have two dining cane back chairs that I want to d cross stich on and your tutorial is great- thanks

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