Paint Furniture! It will save your life.... sort of.....

 Take one (at a time) nasty Old Chair.
This was handmade, in Cheshire, many moons ago as a custom order for my Great Aunt. The workmanship was sublime. Yet it had seen it's day....
My dad and i have this disagreement all the time "look at that beautiful wood" he says "why paint it?"
 And he is right.... but there is no joy left in this object
"dad - there is no Joy left in it. It is minging"
"what are you talking about Kirsty" says dad "i don't understand"
 Anyway.... it got "Fished" Big Time.
The seat came off with just 3 screws but the fabric took an age to rip free as we took out all the old pins and staples (my Sister in the picture, lending a hand)
I ended up padding the seat with a big piece of foam before re-stretching it with fabric and stapling it very tight.
 I cannot recommend spray paints enough. These are Montana Golds - what a joy to use and i have used them on Wicker baskets, wood, metal... everything.
 I won't lie to you.... stripping off all that dark varnish on the wood, was a bitch. It took time to get in all those crevices and curves. I did it with Nitromors twice and then sanded it. Then gave it a light coat of Primer.  The spray paint went on in several stages, till i was happy it was covered. Finally i sprayed it with a gloss varnish.
 Sorry the photo is not great but i am not a DIY show here am i?
the colour is alot darker and more purple than this shows. This looks pink but it is a kind of rich Bramble Jam colour. The fabric is just what i thought went well with the other fabrics round the home.
Everyone approves!
Now do you see what i mean Dad? There is a great deal to be joyful about in this chair now?

"Whatever makes you happy dear" says Dad.
...Paint furniture... it'll change your life!

12 comments:

miz-bag said...

you have created a beautiful chair!!! i must admit i wouldn'y have looked at this chair once let alone twice and now i want it!!!! x x x

Flossie and Tom said...

Looks fab !! Whats next ?? XX

Highland Monkey's said...

Did you dad like it in the end or did he still secretly like the wood?
I agree sometimes furniture has outlived itself and time for a change. Did that to a large dresser that's on my blog if ya want to peek. But I'm not as brave as you with colours!

Rachel on madeleines sofa said...

I love the chair! I have a thing about painting furniture myself - I did an old wardrobe for my daughter about 13 years ago - painted it pink and then painted a fairy on the door - obviously my daughter has grown out of it now but I will not part with the wardrobe - oh no - it sits in the garage waiting for my shed of joy to be created and there it will go - much to my husbands disgust but what does he no....... love Rachel xxx

P.S. Everytime I look at your blog I want a cup of coffee....

SallyF said...

man that is one joyfull chair! it has party pizzazz now fo sho. daddy fish sounds so lovely, a generous hearted man x

::cupcakesandbiscuits:: said...

I was one hundred percent with daddyfish until I saw the end result, you are right, there is joy in that chair now!
x
p.s I just realized I never photographed that picture for my makes challenge. I may need to come a-begging for one from you for me to play with and post. Is that OK?

LissyLou said...

gorgeous chair!

PaperFish! said...

A - i have photo'd it and will send you x

PaperFish! said...

What's next...? need to make curtains for miniFish...

Scented Sweetpeas said...

ooh fab post , thanks for that little tutorial.

Cate said...

oh dear, i have chair envy! i'm now wondering whether i should keep one of the old chairs i was going to donate to my friend.....?

cate, x

Pink Blossom Creations said...

Yet another wow piece of creation by you. It's lovely
Caroline x

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