December 7, 2012 by Decorum DIYer
The chair is done!
That’s right, my first foray into the seedy world of diy chalk paint has officially resulted in a freshly painted and upholstered chair.
As stated in a previous post, it took me three coats to be happy with the coverage. I wasn’t going for the worn, chipped paint look, so even, smooth coverage was my goal. I’m not so sure that chalk paint is the answer to that.
I even recovered the seat. The foam was old, disintegrating, and smelly, so it also needed replacing. I used the same diy upholstery method I used on Claire’s glider.
As a reminder, here is the chair, as I found it on the side of the road.
And, here’s the finished chair!
Sorry, no fancy staging. It is raining today and I needed to sneak this photo (if you can call it that) during the quick nap that Ascher was forced into.
And the new upholstery, isn’t it just so funky and fresh?
While I am pleased with the results, I am hesitant to go all out with the diy chalk paint method for the coordinating (the chair was a roadside rescue, remember?) desk and hutch. The desk and hutch would get a lot of abuse and wear, so my gut is telling me to clean, sand, clean, prime, sand, paint, and top coat. As I said before, I think I have furniture refinishing trust issues. Maybe because I have seen first-hand the havoc that children can bring upon furniture?
I did use some of the leftover diy chalk paint to prep Clairisse’s chair for her birthday party. The chair was made by my father-in-law and given to Clairisse on the occasion of her second birthday. Claire had drawn all over the chair and I couldn’t get it off (without sanding), so I decided to paint it!
Claire’s ‘Customized’ Chair:
Here is the chair, before:
I really wish I had the desk and hutch completed and ready to show you, but to be honest, I just haven’t had the time. Aside from my day-to-day Mom duties, I have a birthday party to prep, an entire house to clean (like spring cleaning, clean), holiday gifts to make, a school party to plan, various holiday activities to attend, etc…, if you are a Mom or Dad, you know how it is.
I am itching to finish this desk set. It will definitely be a labor of love. Then the problem will be deciding if I should keep it for my little girl, or sell it. I have too many options in the furniture department for my little Claire.
So, if you are looking to refresh some old furniture and need a quick and perky option…, go with diy aqua chalk paint! (Or, any other fun color!)
Until next time…, happy painting!
The Humble Brag Party via One Project Closer’s The Better Half