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286 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, VA, 20170
United States

Martha Leone Design. A furniture redesign company specializing in turning each piece of furniture into a sophisticated statement piece with the use of paint and design. This approach produces versatile pieces that are relevant, even as your taste evolves over time.


Martha Leone Design: The blog is where I share thoughts on the creative process and share lots of pictures of each finished piece of painted furniture. Critiques are always welcome!

Michigan Chair

Martha Leone

Michigan Chair 8 This past summer, my daughter and I spent a Saturday morning hopping from one yard sale to another. I told her as we were headed out the door that I wouldn't buy any chairs. No chairs.

We spotted this chair from afar and I literally gasped! She and I got a good laugh out of it. Turns out that the only thing we bought that Saturday morning was this chair. Another chair. Oh my. But the price was right at $20!

I used Benjamin Moore Advance paint in semi-gloss to paint it after sanding and priming. I was going for a glossy look. No distressing was needed as this piece already had lots of detail and interest built into its design.

BeforeMichigan Chair Before


Michigan Chair 7


I'll let the pictures tell the story as I'm not the one to provide detailed instructions on this type of project. When it comes to fabric and any type of sewing, I basically invent as I go and use common sense to guide me. I used the materials as shown in the pictures below with a strong staple gun.

Michigan Chair 5

Michigan Chair 4

Michigan Chair 2

Michigan Chair 1

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