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!
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.
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.
AVOID USING A STRIPPER AT ALL COSTS!!
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.
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.
Behold the “chippyness”.
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.
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. :)