A little less than two weeks ago, my father-in-law & mother-in-law gave me two adorable chairs to refinish! After going back and forth on colors and styles, I decided to go with a "Shabby Chic" look, then I hand-painted baby's breath in the corner of the seat to give it a little character. Check out the before & after photos then PLEASE help me decide what to paint on the second chair! Should I do baby's breath again to make them a matching set? Or spice it up with a different flower? Fill out the poll at the bottom and I'll announce the popular vote on tomorrow's blog! :)
Above is how it looked before & below is after the makeover!
I feel like it belongs in a beach cottage now :)
I referenced my pretty baby's breath flowers when I painted the little illustration in the corner of the chair's seat:
I used three Americana Decor Paints for this: "Everlasting" is the bright white, and "Vintage" is the pale green you see on the stems and leaves and faded background of the flowers, the gray is called "Yesteryear". I drew the flowers out in pencil first.
To keep the graphite protected and prevent pencil marks on future booty sitters, I sealed it with Americana Decor "Creme Wax" which has a matte finish. I used that to cover the entire chair as well. *Tip: when doing a "shabby chic" weathered effect/sanding a piece of furniture, be sure to seal it after with wax or a varnish to be sure the paint doesn't continue chipping!
The chair originally looked a bit chunky, I felt by giving it a fresh coat of white & sanding a bit, it became easier to see the cute details!
I can't wait to get started on the second chair! I plan on painting it white as well, and doing the same weathering effects, but I can't decide what flower to paint in the corner! What do you think? Fill out the poll below to help me decide!! :)
This first chair is for sale for $125, but if you'd like to wait until the second chair is complete -
you can snag the set for just $200!
Thanks for reading! :)
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