Hi–I hope you had a great weekend! We had very hot temperatures (for here) and I worked in the garden for hours on the weekend and we barbecued chicken and had Greek salad with it–my favorite summertime meal.
Today I want to share with you a chair project that I recently finished. There is a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store near where we live, and on particular Sundays they offer fifty percent off everything in the store–my kinda sale! My project chair was one I found at that sale, and I picked it up for only $5! I needed a chair for our bedroom, so I thought this might work. It was sturdy, but rather ugly–dark brown finish with a brown fake leather seat that was torn in a corner. Actually, it wasn’t rather ugly, it was hideously ugly.
I guess I must have disliked it so much that I neglected to take a before picture of it, but trust me, it was ug-ly.
Here it is now:
Once I got the chair home, I took stock of my supplies, and realized I had everything I needed already on hand, so I was only out five dollars for this project!
This was a quicky spray paint project. We unscrewed the seat from the chair frame first, and then I used Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-Base Primer in a spray form on the frame, after which I painted it with Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint in shade Gold Rush Metallic. I gave it a coat or two of water-based satin-finish polyurethane when the paint dried.
Then I turned my attention to the chair seat, and recovering it. I’ve had this piece of fabric for years, and was never quite sure what I should do with it. I always thought it would work best in the bedroom. This room is somewhat challenging to decorate due to the wallpaper:
The previous owners had put this wallpaper up. In all honesty, I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to select this wallpaper myself, but after living with it for a while I decided that I really like it. In doing a little investigating since we moved in here, I think it came from a store here in Portland, Oregon called Rejuvenation, which specializes in reproduction period lighting, and offers all types of period furniture as well as outdoor accessories, and apparently wallpaper. (Several of the light fixtures and the mailbox for our home came from there, and they add a perfect vintage flair where they are used–that may have to be a post for another day!) I love Rejuvenation’s salvage yard, and could spend hours there sifting through vintage rubble! This is actually the lighter shade of wallpaper that this print came in, because it was also available in a more deeply hued version, if you can believe it!
There is a lot of color going on in that wallpaper, and finding patterns that work with the busy wallpaper is tricky. I matched paint swatches for quite a while until I found some colors that I liked enough that I wanted to feature in furniture finishes in the bedroom. Since gold is prominent in the wallpaper, and because I have already some gold accessories in the room, I decided to use a gold for the wood of the chair frame. After playing around with the blue and green colors in the wallpaper, I happily discovered that my fabric was a good match!
Here is a closer look at the fabric:
I love these colors and patterns–it reminds me a little of William Morris wallpaper, as does our bedroom wallpaper, which fits in well with our Craftsman-style bungalow that was built in 1920. It also reminds me of a chair a mermaid would use to get ready in the morning (because that’s the way my brain works . . .)
A nice, quick revamp for little money–hope you enjoyed it!
What decorating projects have you been up to lately? What fabric have you had stored away just waiting for the perfect project? I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!
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