Sorry this post is so late! It's been one of those days plus this was primarily Heather's project so I had to drive to her house to take the pics. I know....wah wah wah!
So............about two weeks ago, we went to one of our favorite haunts "THE RINK" antique mall here in OKC in search of that one special piece to use as a project. We had already decided that this would be a paint project to show all of you the great potential in all of those ugly pieces of furniture out there!
So much great stuff with so much potential and a lot of great "stuff" that was just ready to take home and use!
Then we spied it!................
The perfect piece!
Oh yeah! It's hideously ugly. One of those chairs that were a dime a dozen at one time . The upholstery was in decent shape, it just needed to be cleaned up a little! Now what to do to update this chair?
What you will need for this project. A vacuum cleaner and some Frebreze for that upholstery! ha ha
Blue painters masking tape. Cream NOT WHITE interior latex paint with an egg shell finish. Brown craft paint. Any latex based non yellowing clear top coat. Clear inexpensive rhinestones or buttons of your choice. Your glue gun.
Unfortunately, we do not have any during pictures of this project. Remove the cushion and set aside. Carefully mask off all of the rest of the upholstery. If you're anything like me, you better cover it all with plastic. I tend to get paint EVERYWHERE, including all over myself! Leave all wood exposed. If it has a high sheen you will need to rough it up with sand paper so that the paint will stick. Get ready to paint!
Yeah.........I know........you're saying "this will never work!
I beg to differ!
So.....after you mask off your piece, you'll paint the entire piece cream. It will probably take two coats. The reason that I said not white paint is because it will look dirty after you glaze. Let dry. Water down your chocolate brown craft paint. This will be your glaze. Be sure to get plenty down in all of the crevices and apply as lightly or heavily as you prefer. Let dry. Coat the entire piece with your clear top coat. This is what protects the paint and YES that craft paint will stay right where you put it after you have top coated your piece. Heather uses an expensive oil based glaze that she has specially mixed. The cost is about $40.00 a quart. But take it from me, if she says that this will work I promise you it will work! That girl is a master painter!
The last step....heat up that glue gun and glue those rhinestones right over the existing buttons in the tufts of the back.
Close up of the top back. After.
We paid $45.00 for this chair at the antique mall. But just think, if you had been the one who purchased it at a garage sale or estate sale, you would probably have paid about $20.00!
I know this because...................................
.....................that's how much Heather paid for this chair. The upholstery (again) was in perfect condition and a super cute pink/salmon damask. The wood was again, brown. She painted it a turquoise blue. It now sits in front of her computer.
Pillow with crown.........Teresa Sheely
Pillow with stripes........Vintage
Pillow with Eiffel Tower.....Urban Outfitters
Hope you loved this project. I'm ready to go out and find a chair of my own to paint. Where else could you get a brand new chair for that price!
Now that is definitely CHEAP CHIC!