Back when I started this here blogging adventure, I was determined that the blog would respond to the needs of our home and not the other way around (ie. it would be a reflection of what we wanted and needed to do and would not see me forcing unnecessary projects for the sake of having something to write about.) Almost 16 months in and at the moment, I still feel like there’s enough to do around here to keep me busy with posts forever and a day….if only we could actually get on with doing some of it!
So, in the spirit of getting on, I was determined to finish what I started with the chairs for our dining area and get the remaining 5 chairs painted so we could finally get rid of our doggy-destroyed ones and move on. You can see my original post on the dining chair transformations here and a mere 5 (!) months later, here we are with six dining chairs basking in all their newly up-cycled glory.
You will notice we have four matching and two different chairs. I am always a fan of mixing styles when it comes to dining chairs so it was never my intention to have six the same. The two chairs at either end were part of a set my parents bought when I was a teenager and we took them on when they were heading for the scrap heap. They were unremarkable and we did nothing to update them….until now.
I love the way they have turned out with the chalk paint. They did take slightly longer to paint than the other chairs due to the larger surface area and ‘tricky’ legs but so worth it in my humble opinion!
Let’s have a couple of little ‘before and afters’ because we love them so…
And one of the other chairs from my last post…
And one of the dining area now that all the chairs and the gallery wall have been completed.
All in all, and having lived with one of the painted chairs for a few months now, I would say that the chalk paint is great if you love a ‘shabby-chic’ lived-in look (which, fortunately, we do) but if you like things pristine, it may be better avoided. The chair I painted back in November is looking quite well used already (it has got a bit mucky from the wear and tear and is looking slightly ‘distressed’). However, I really do love the less glossy finish of the paint.
I have read that part of the beauty of the chalk paint is that you can use it straight onto your surface without sanding. Personally, I think a bit of sanding is always a good idea and whilst 3 coats has given a fairly good covering, I’m not sure it would have if I hadn’t sanded the chairs first. I did like the fact that there is very little of the ‘paint’ smell with the chalk paint, especially given that I’ve been painting chairs at our kitchen table for the last five days! Oh, and it’s easy to clean off (your clothes, floors, walls, hair!!) as well!
I’m looking forward to not painting anything this week! Has anyone else been up-cycling any furniture lately? Remember, I always love to see your pics which you can email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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