Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Three Little Chairs

Well over a year ago, I painted this table. It has been sitting in my garage ever since. You can read all about it here.

I also found this little gem on the side of the road. The seat was cracked and the seat supports were broken and hanging loose. Not supporting much. I hung the chair where all good broken chairs go to die and be forgotten about - on a hook on the back wall of my garage. 

Then a couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to try to sell the little blue table at the Estate Sale last week. 

I had just the paint I wanted to use for chairs. The good folks at Powder River Paints were kind enough to send me a quart of their Lakota White paint to try out on chairs. You might remember I used Powder River Paints when Dani and I painted her buffet. Since Powder River Paints have a limestone base and get harder and harder with sanding and wear, I thought this paint would be a perfect paint for chairs.

So I rounded up this chair, from the barn sale.

 and this chair - also from the barn sale.

I painted them up. All pretty and shiny. 

Then I sanded them up so they felt like glass.

I distressed them pretty heavily as well.

One of these chairs had no seat at all and the other two had broken seats. So I made some seat templates and traced them on plywood. I cut them out with my very old, extremely shakey jig saw. 

I padded them with 2 inch extra-firm foam and covered them with a layer of cotton batting and this cute fabric I bought at JoAnn.

I did not like the way the CeCe Caldwell Satin Finish that I had applied to the top of the table held up during its little stay in the garage. It had yellowed a bit and there were some discolored areas on the top of the table. So I sanded off the top of the table as good as I could without losing the graphic, and put down another coat of paint. I then waxed it with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.  The new top looks great.

But this post is about these 3 cute little chairs.

I love how the Powder River Paint feels after sanding. It almost tempted me not to wax. The folks at Powder River usually use Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax but I was out, so I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax and then a bit of diluted Annie Sloan Dark Wax

These chairs feel like I bought them at Pottery Barn. But I know they will wear better.

If you would like to try some Powder River Paint or check out the 19 colors, just visit my friend Lorraine's Powder River online store. If you have questions about it, you can contact her through her blog - Miss Flibbertigibbit.

If this table with three (potentially four) chairs looks like something you can't live without, give me a shout. It is for sale!

Make something wonderful today!


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NanaDiana said...

I love those chairs. I have 8 of them with the rosette carved in the back...but my own were refinished to their natural wood. I do love them but I will say they are not the most comfortable chair I have ever sat on- lol

I LOVE how yours turned out and that table is great! xo Diana

Phyllis @Around the House said...

what a great job you did in saving all those wonderful chairs and table, they are all ready for their new life, you are so talented, love the way they all look..

Little Miss Maggie said...

It all came out wonderful, Karen. Good to know about the CeCe Caldwell. I have never used it, but I like my paint to wear like iron. You really transformed these adorable chairs into a whole new lifetime.

Jean @ said...

Beautiful set! You did a great job! I've never tried CeCe Caldwell paint or wax....good to know.

miss flibbertigibbet said...

That set came out just great! I love the lines on that table too! Thanks for the nice shout-out!!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Those chairs are just beautiful and I love the seat covers as well! What other wonderful stuff did you bring home from that sale??!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

You did a great job Karen! It all looks like they belong together.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What an adorable set you've created! I love that you've taken 3 mismatched chairs and tied them together with paint and fabric. So cute!

Donna Wilkes said...

The chair transformations are wonderful - love the paint patina and the fabric.


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