Friday, September 21, 2012

Jumping Into the Painted Furniture Pool


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I finally did it.  I see great pieces of furniture all the time in my travels and I always think to myself that I really need to give this Chalk Paint thing a try. 

Here is my first piece!

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The first of two I should say.  I found a pair of chairs at a local thrift shop and loved the shape.  The color and the fabric on the seat…not so much.

They were bright red as you can see and I decided to tone them down and went with a white washed, aqua, shabby chic look and I am happy with how the first one turned out.

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The original plan was to paint them both the same.  The bright red paint on the chairs was bad.  It was gummy to the touch.  And I learned my first furniture painting lesson.


A couple of Saturday’s ago, I took one of my gummy red chairs and sprayed it with a furniture stripper.  I scrapped and I scrapped.  I scrapped some more.  Major pain.  And I wasn’t getting all of it off.

I sanded.  Still bumpy. 

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Decided that the bumps were just going to have to add to it’s charm.

I got myself some white chalk paint and gave it a nice coat.  The bumpiness was starting to turn into “chippyness” .  And I like “chippyness”.

“Chippyness” is good.

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Behold the “chippyness”.

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I then diluted some aqua paint in a small amount of water and brushed it on.

After that dried, I went back and dry brushed on some more white paint here and there.

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A coat of furniture wax and some burlap for the seat and some stenciled numbers and voila!

Since I already know that I won’t be able to get the same look on the second chair because I refuse to go the furniture stripper route, I am thinking about how I am going to paint the second chair.

Still thinking.  In the meantime,  I have two options.  Take my finished chair down to Rustic Romance and sell it OR keep it and put it in my daughter’s bedroom. 

I have some decisions to make.  :)


Ti said...

On my computer screen, the aqua was not coming through but of course now that you said it was aqua, I see aqua. The power of suggestion.

I think black would be cool for the other chair and black and cream toile for the seat.

Susan said...

I do love it!! So pretty! I like chalk paint in small doses, like on your chair.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Lisa! Great project for your first foray into the pool. : ) I'd say keep this one and give it to your daughter and maybe sell the other one. I think if you clean it up and use the chalk paint it will come out just fine.

Heart Vintage Design said...

I love your chair! Why not just use a red chalk paint over the other one. The red and aqua do well together. Love your pillow too : )

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