Sunday, July 31, 2011

Before & After - Wooden Chair

Two weeks ago there was an estate auction with wonderful treasures.
Glassware, pottery, furniture, prints -
You name it,
and it was there.
Of course, I found a couple of treasures.

Well, more than a couple.

A pile of six chairs auctioned off for a dollar.

How could I pass that up?

(Don't ask the boyfriend, 'cause he'll tell ya
exactly how I should have passed it up.)

Anyway, I tackled two of the chairs this week.

This is the first chair.
The seat is terribly damaged.
However, the wood is very sound,
except for some wear at the bottom of the legs.
It's begging for some TLC.


The chair got a good washing and then enjoyed some time in the sun to dry.  After a little sanding, a gorgeous coat of Folk Art's Calypso Sky was applied.

On top of the Calypso Sky came two coats of very watered down white paint.

Sanding began again, topped with a coat of burnt umber paint.
After this paint was applied, I used a wet towel to rub most of it off.

To finish up, two coats of clear wax were rubbed into the chair.
KAPOOOWWW - the color was done.

Burlap webbing was used to replace the missing seat.
The burlap was attached with staples,
then woven to give strength.

After the webbing was in place,
I went back and secured it with even more staples.

It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination,
but for my first attempt, it's not too shabby.

Do you think the butterflies will like the chair in their garden?


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54 comments:

  1. I think the butterflies are thrilled! I can't resist items that go for almost nothing at auctions either!!

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  2. love the chippy-ness!
    dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

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  3. Nice job. That last picture is great. Very nice composition!

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    i LOVE THE CHAiR YOU DiD A GREAT JOB!

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  5. This chair now has new life and I love it! The finish is perfect imperfection. :-) How fun to use the upholstery webbing for the seat.

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  6. Too cute! I have a cottage garden that would love this chair! Visiting and following via Alexa Hop...hop over to my blog and follow back if you like!

    http://mom4realky.blogspot.com

    Jessica K

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  7. Great chair redo! Just stopping by for the Alexa Blog Hop!

    ~JamieS@ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

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  8. Amazing makeover. I would love for you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home today and link up your chair and any other projects you would like to share. Happy Monday!!

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  9. This is so awesome! I love the paint job! Thanks for sharing it on Moms by Heart!

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  10. Very cool! You did a wonderful job on the chair makeover :)

    I'm stopping by from the Alexa Hop from http://www.mommydigger.com - would love for you to stop by my blog :)

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  11. Great chair! I can't believe you got 6 of them for just $1!! I wouldn't have been able to pass that up either!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  12. Oh my....I love it! The color is perfect and the webbing idea is genius!!

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  13. I adore that chair!! I am so glad I found Tackle it Tuesday's. Now I will have motivation to complete tasks I need to get done, and find new motivation from other peoples projects!!
    http://garagebandfan.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/tackle-it-tuesday-making-room-for-baby/

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  14. Love the chair. I have one just like it. You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing. Karie

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  15. Oh wow - you did a fantastic job with that chair! And it's so much more satisfying when you know that you've made it rather than bought it in a shop ;-)

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  16. you did such an awesome job on this! I have a few old wooden chairs to do up myself! thanks for sharing!

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  17. It turned out soooooo pretty. What a great chair and it looks fabulous. Love the webbing. Thanks so much for joining TTT. HUgs, Marty

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  18. You did a great job! Wish I had seen this before I tossed my old chair..

    I found your blog on Lil' Luna Link party, so glad she hosts those so I can see all the great ideas.

    Patricia

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  19. Oh I love the chairs and what you did to them men just don't always see the potential in things!!!

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  20. OMG, I would not have bought it because I am afraid of the cane chairs. However, I absolutely love what you did with this chair. It is awesome.

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  21. Great makeover! I bet it's perfect in your garden!
    Jo-Anna

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  22. Good job! I love it! It looks so rustic-y! You might want to check my blog out... I think you would like it!

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  23. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This post is added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

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  24. It is wonderful that you have a vision for taking something terrible looking and making it into something nice. You did a great job.

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  25. i love this!!!! great job... what a sweet lil chair :)

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  26. Love this idea...just "pinned" it!

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  27. Very CUTE!!!!

    My boyfriend would have passed it up too.........I just don't understand what they are missing in their brains! Mystery........

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  28. That turned out adorable! I love a chair in the garden. Thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  29. I love this chair! The webbing is totally my style. Great job! I'd love to have you link up with my linky party at The Southern Institute! It's open Monday-Saturday night and I pick a featured blog each week!

    http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2011/07/creative-me-monday_31.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  30. Love the colors and the webbing!! Great job!

    Angie
    knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com

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  31. Lovely make-over. The chairs are such a steal and you did a great job with the transformation. Thanks for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  32. Love how you said that you hubby could find a reason NOT to pick up the chairs when you found yourself unable to resist! (Sista' I'm with you on that one, they are sweet chairs, just needed your special touch to make them feel-betta)

    Visiting from Funky Junk Interiors Linky Party,

    With smiles from NW Illinois,
    Suzanne

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  33. I LOVE picking up old chairs like that and have made a couple of them into outdoor planters. I cut a board to fit the opening, and cut a hole for an enamel basin or pot and plant flowers in it.

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  34. The chair is adorable and what a great makeover. Thanks for joining the Open House party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  35. Great job! I like the layering of colors. So what does "the boyfriend" think now? ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party. Hope to see you this week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  36. Great job! Love that shade of blue you used in the paint treatment.

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  37. Don't you love estate sales? the chair makeover was great. Happy Blue Monday!

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  38. You did a great job on this chair! I love the aqua/white combo! Thanks for sharing it!

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  39. I featured your chair! http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/08/highlights-from-party-28.html

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  40. How absolutely charming! Love the seat on this too! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  41. I love the patina on this chair! I'm sure the butterflies will love it!
    gail
    "catching" this next week.

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  42. It look perfect in the garden. I love the blue peeking out here and there. Gorgeous!

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  43. WOW what a transformation! This is wonderful! Love the paint choice!

    Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you'll join us again this week for another edition of What's Up Wednesdays!

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  44. Great makeover! I just bought a cane back chair and was thinking of doing this same treatment, where did you get the webbing from? Also, I'd love it if you stopped by my blog and checked out the giveaway I'm having for a Dremel Trio!

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  45. I think it looks great!!!

    Leontien

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  46. Great ideas! i love it, thanks for sharing

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  47. Oh i really LOVE this! It turned out so cute. I was just recently searching for a way to fix an old chair - thank you for the inspiration!

    www.smithpeas.com

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  48. Wow! What a great transformation! Love it!

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  49. Cute! And I think u did a great job with the burlap webbing! Btw, I could not have passed up all those chairs for a buck. NO WAY :-) love your blog and am new via FrenchCountryCottage. Yay :)

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  50. That is so adorable--I can't believe you made the chairs (I know--saw the pictures!)--so sweet. Wish I had grandchildren! Thanks for the smiles--great talent!

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