Well, here it is! The last coat of paint went on last night and now it’s done. I’m so happy with how this chair turned out!
Here’s the before shot (well, I had taken one leg off before I took this picture). We got this chair from Daniel’s mom, who probably picked it up at a thrift store or something. Doesn’t it have great lines? Tons of potential. It’s solid wood (yes!) but it was covered with old, ripped pleather-looking stuff (ew!). The one good thing about the waterproof exterior is that it kept the foam padding in pretty pristine condition. How old would you say this chair is? I’m guessing it’s from the 70s, but I could be completely off. I do know that if someone was trying to sell this chair on eBay, they would say that it’s “MID CENTURY Modern, VERY Vintage, L@@K!”
Anyway, I took it apart and recovered the seat with one of my favorites from Amy Butler’s Lotus line — it’s called Lacework. Then I sanded each of the leg pieces and last weekend I got to the hardware store to get my paint — for the primer I used the unbeatable Kilz, and the top coat is Behr semi-gloss, and it’s called Porpoise.
I hardly even used any of my paint, so there’s plenty left for other projects I might want to have match. I’m especially on the lookout for another similar, but different chair that I could recover in some other fabric to go with the first one.
I knew that putting the chair back together would probably scratch the paint, so after the first two coats, I assembled the chair before I put on the final coat. Hence the bags.
And then, the chair emerged from its plastic cocoon late last night, revealing my favorite craft project to date:
I can’t tell you how wonderful the weather was today. the sun was shining, I walked around outdoors in a tank top, and it was SO hard to study and go to class! In honor of such springy weather, I hauled my lovely chair down three flights of stairs to get some outdoor shots.
I’ve very proud of my handiwork. I love making things for my house, but you can really only have so many throw pillows, you know? I’m proud of myself for making a “big thing” and having it turn out so well. What do you think?