Tuesday, September 15, 2009

have a seat

won't you? stay awhile. ignore the hyperactive dog; she'll calm down in a minute. sterling, sit. SIT. SIT. nevermind.

a few weeks ago, i bought a pair of chairs for 20 dolla at a flea market. check it:


they were a leeetle scuffied up in the leg region:


but i liked the character, and the carved details were fab:


fun fact: when my aunt saw them the other day, she told me that her mother had the exact same chairs in her dining room! crazy coinkydink, yah?

i wanted to make them into something reminiscent of these french and swedish (respectively) babies:



so. to transform these beasts into beauts, i first took out the slip seats. not gonna lie, i didn't hate the original fabric. but it was old and worn:


and i did, in fact, hate what i found when i removed the fabric:

eeeeeeww. dirty white vinyl. blech. i wrapped the seats back up all quick-like with the fabric i bought a joann's to take them from gross to gorg. eous. ok, enough.

the chairs had previously been painted dark brown. answer me this: who paints wood brown? it's already brown. just stain it darker. anyway, i had a lighter treatment in mind. so i took them out back and went to town with the sandpaper.

here's another shot of the roughed-up gams:


and the carved details:


sideways. please excuse.

each chair then got a lovely coat or three of white paint of the spray variety. (if you intend to do some spray painting of your own, i'd highly recommend purchasing one of those spray paint trigger attachments. you will not regret your investment. neither will your trigger finger. trust.)


two issues: 1) it was too bright-n-shiny-sparkly-crisp white for the look i had in mind. i was lead to believe that it would to turn out creamy off-white, but i had to go all joe wilson on the colored cap of the spray can 2) remember that brown paint? yeah...it bled through the white in some places, giving the paint a pinkish tint. lesson on the importance of primer: learned.

good thing i'd picked up a handy-dandy dark brown paint sampler at the home deep:


this thing was super chouette. it had a built-in brush in the lid like a can of rubber cement. i used the brush to apply the paint to the dinged and distressed areas in small sections, then wiped it off with a paper towel. it stuck to the white more than i'd anticipated, so i then used a wet wipe to remove the majority of the brown, leaving the chairs nicely weathered and antiqued. from this:

to this:


and here we have the final product:



success! next on tap: replace all living room furnishings to go with chairs. hmm....

14 comments:

LeslieJ said...

oooh those look GREAT! where are they going to live?

Marie said...

my sister-in-law totally ROCKS.

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

I love them! That fabric is awesome and I love the antiquing, they are Beautiful! Great Job!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

These are too cute! You did a great job... I want a pair too!
~Whitney

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

Your chairs turned out fabulous! Great paint job.

Leslie said...

WOW! What an awesome makeover! Now I'll be searching for similar chairs. Hugs, Leslie

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

What a transformation! I have a similar chair that I'd like to transform, too. I have been looking around for inspiration, so this is GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing.

Lisa said...

Great Job!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love the lines of the chair & the finish product is stunning.

Kimba said...

Beautiful! I love it all! The shape of the chairs, the color, the fabric! You did a great job! Whoohoo!

Mandy said...

Great re-do!
Love it :)

Angie said...

They look awesome! Great choice of colors!

Paul said...

I'm very impressed big sis. You did an amazing job. They are at least schviffty five times better. I can't wait to sit in them the next I come to visit.

One plus One equals Six said...

I stumbled upon your blog and after having fun looking around I saw this post. I have chairs JUST LIKE THESE! And the matching table to boot! I was going to get rid of the chairs, but now I'm rethinking that decision. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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