Last fall i have found this oh-so-ugly old chair that i thought i might try and do something about.
Yes, i know, it’s ugly and i hate that mesh stuff on the sides but it stood lonely and sad on a driveway with a price tag of $2, so i just thought i’d give him a chance to happiness 🙂 Have to say now that he comfortably (i hope) spent a couple of months or so in my garage waiting for inspiration to hit me.
At first i thought i just might paint everything but the seat cushion was in so bad shape and dusty and old and well, it was just gross …eeewww! that i decided it’s not worth the trouble to even try.
Painting the fabric being out, i happily stripped him down (mmmm!!!! NOT cause i should have used a respirator). It turned out looking like this:
…at first, and finally like this:
After this, which took me barely half an hour, I spent a few good hours (over a couple of days) to take out every staple and nail and man, there were hundreds!!!!
So, after doing some research i finally decided to paint the wood and try to reupholster the seat and backside of the chair. Having Dan as my trusty artsy ideas guy, i even considered his idea of doing the sides with some decorative metal sheets we saw at Hobby Lobby. They look like this
and the idea it’s not bad but we i thought it would be something too modern for such a classic piece, and besides i already have decided to paint it purple – it wouldn’t go with it 🙂
Note: This was my first project where i used chalk paint – homemade that is 🙂 I didn’t really find the famous Annie Sloan chalk paint anywhere in the paint stores in my area and after researching a bit about it i learned that there are only 2 stores “near by” that carries the brand – and by “near by” i mean that one store is 50 miles away and the other one doesn’t even matter as i have to cross the Canadian border and i need a visa for that 🙂 I could always order it on the website, but i don’t really have the patience for that – and also couldn’t resist the idea of making my own chalk paint!!!!
That being said, i did a bit more research and found a few recipes for homemade chalk paint. I first opted for the one using flat paint and non-sanded white grout – that’s because i was familiar with grout from one of our first projects in the house: setting a tile floor in the bathroom. Went to Home Depot and got the smallest bag of non-sanded white grout (which is not small at all) for $5.
I got a sample can from the oops! paint shelf that was close to white (paid $.50, yay!), to use it as a base for my purple chalk paint.
… and finally painted the chair – hallelujah!!!
After a couple of trips to the craft stores nearby, tons of bad pics of various fabrics, and again more research, i finally stumbled over this beautiful fabric that was on sale, and got myself the last 4 yards (being a metric person 🙂 i had to actually see what 4 yards means!!!) of it, happy as can be that it would really go with my purple naked chair. Got the cushion made from a piece of thick shipping foam (had it in the basement) and a piece of cardboard cut to match the shape of the previous cushion.
Not planning to blog about any of my projects i didn’t quite take pictures of every step of the project, so there are no pics of making the cushion or the backside.