A Chair With My Name On It

You know, it comes in handy having a mom that obsessively collects and holds on to funky pieces of furniture (among other things….) It makes for some fun DIY projects and I remember spending many a bored summer day in our attic having all kinds of adventures with whatever we could find up there. My most recently acquired treasure ¬†from her ever-growing collection came down with my sisters when they visited for spring break a few weeks ago – a nice solid old wooden chair. The construction is beautiful and it’s super sturdy – which is much appreciated in our house of rickety items (soon to be replaced!). However, the paint job is a just boring and very chipped and in need of some serious TLC.

Mind you this is after I did some sanding but that it honestly didn’t change much – the seat was in the worst shape and I just knew this little guy could be beautiful again! Here’s a look at the back.

I think this one was taken pre-sandpaper attack – see the legs and spindles weren’t too bad. After sanding I just wiped it down with a damp rag to get rid of all that dust and get it ready to be painted.

So, I refinished a dresser a couple months ago and learned a very valuable lesson when painting furniture: always use semi-gloss paint! I used flat for that first project and it looked great for about 10 minutes, but every little nudge leaves a mark or scuff and you can’t really clean them up that great. With semi-gloss you can even wash your painted surfaces so we might be doing another quick remake of that little dresser before long. I decided I really wanted to brighten this chair up so I just asked the paint lady at Lowe’s for a nice bright white that wouldn’t scuff….this is how I learned the trick of semi-gloss. I also picked up some bright color samples for a second dresser project (you can see it hanging out in the background of some of these photos) and thought it might be fun to do an accent color on the chair as well.

It didn’t take long after one coat of white to realize that I’d be painting for a while…..

That stubborn black just kept trying to peek through – in the end I think I did 3 coats of the white and then I had to decide on which accent color to use and how much. I finally landed on a pretty pale blue (not one of the samples I bought of course – but some extra paint leftover from our mudroom renovation project we have in the works) and doing the bottom “notch” of the legs and the armrests so time to tape!

Tape removal always makes me nervous and for good reason – something bad usually happens. This time it pulled off a little of the white paint underneath so then I got to go back again and do some touch ups but it was definitely all worth it in the end. I am SO pleased with how this chair turned out.

I even really like the “shininess” of the semi-gloss paint and I think it looks so good against the hardwoods! And remember these? They look super cute paired together with my new revamped chair!

How perfect! And a shot from the back.

Yes I did paint those little knobs on the back blue as well. It just adds to the fun, don’t you think? Working on little redo’s like this gets me so inspired and excited to tackle bigger and more involved projects. As I mentioned we went a little crazy and started a renovation on what used to be a small office with tons of completely non-functional built ins and is now becoming a mudroom/craft area that is turning out great! I’m hoping to be completely done in a week or two so be on the lookout for some posts about that. I’ve got all kinds of of fun tutorials coming including; turning a bookshelf into a storage bench, sewing a custom cushion for said bench, and creating a coat rack out of some old pallets and a bit of molding. I honestly can’t wait for this room to be completed – I already love spending time in there and we still have a ways to go. That must mean we’re on the right track!

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