I’ve been getting busy with the paint brush again and I’m so pleased with the results, I couldn’t wait to share them with you. Earlier in the year, a lovely lady I had known my whole life passed away. The people clearing her house knew that I liked to ‘up-cycle’ furniture and I had a call to ask if I would like to do so with a set of six dining chairs which had belonged to her for years. I do love renovating old furniture but there is something particularly special about doing so with something that has a sentimental meaning for you. I thought the chairs were a lovely shape and we were desperately in need of new dining chairs since our pup did this to ours:
I have waited until now to do anything because I wanted to make sure the dog had finished her chair-chewing. Now, she hasn’t done any for some time, so I’m really hoping she wasn’t just waiting for new material!!
I started off with this:
I have been keen for a while to try chalk paint which I had seen around a lot on Pinterest. My Mum had used it to update some of her old pieces of furniture and it looked great and then last weekend, we had dinner at a friend’s and they had used it to paint one of their dining chairs which spurred me into action with ours. The paint I used was this Autentico chalk paint which was recommended to me as being good.
For anyone local, upon the recommendation of aforementioned Mum and friend, I purchased the chalk paint at Keeper’s Pre-Loved at Farrington Farm which is just down the road from me. The lady there was so lovely and helpful, she advised me how to use the paint and helped me with colour choice. She even opened tins of paint for me so that I could get a better idea of how they looked (and I didn’t even have to ask!) The paint is not cheap (I think it was around £25 for the tin and the wax) but I think the price is competitive with other suppliers and I quickly realised that the paint goes a long way. I have only painted one chair so far but I think I will quite easily get all six painted before I need to buy another tin.
You can use the wax and chalk paint to achieve a distressed finish but personally, I don’t like that look so I just used the wax as suggested to seal and give a smooth finish and I’m really happy with it.
The lady at Keeper’s Pre-Loved advised me not to panic when I put the first coat on. She said it would go on thinly and there would be brush streaks with the first coat which there were. She advised at least two coats and I finished up giving it three. The paint had quite a gritty (you might say ‘chalky’!!) texture and it was strange to start with. It did seem to dry very quickly although I left each coat overnight to make sure it had dried properly.
For the seat pad, I used some left over curtain fabric which I just cut to size and attached underneath using my staple gun. I love the fabric so much and it was SO easy to put on, I can easily replace it if it gets messed up. Here are some pictures (which are not great because the light has been so poor this week but we’ll get the idea. I’ll try to take some more pictures and update them if we get a brighter day.)
So, now I just need to do the other five!! I will be sure to share with you again when all six are complete and ‘in situ’ I am on a roll now and determined to get all six finished before Christmas. Has anyone else been busy painting or ‘up-cycling’ this weekend? I would love to hear about it and see your pictures. You can get in touch by email (email@example.com) or follow me on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter.
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