Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Exactly one year ago today, I showed you some (potentially) beautiful chairs that my mom gave me.
Well, it took a year, but I finally have the perfect spot for them. They’re going in John & Alice’s family room. Oh, believe me…I hate to part with these chairs!! I absolutely love them! But let’s face it…you can only fit so much furniture into 834 square feet, and (sadly) I just don’t have a place for these.
So yesterday, I dragged these chairs out into the courtyard, and got busy. I removed all of the old fabric and foam (never my favorite step when working with old furniture items…
And then after removing all of the staples and giving the chair a good sanding all over, I sprayed a coat of primer (Rustoleum…my favorite)…
I had planned to paint these chairs black, but Home Depot was out of black in a satin finish. All they had was glossy, and…well…I really dislike glossy paint, especially on old furniture that has dings and scratches, which would just be that much more visible with light reflecting off of glossy paint.
So instead, I opted for this gorgeous Dark Walnut…
I had never used this color before, and I love using new colors!! This one is really gorgeous. At a glance, it looks black. I mean, it’s really dark! So after two coats of paint, the chairs looked like this…
Sadly, I don’t think photos do it justice. Last night as I was looking through my photos, I thought, “Well gosh! All of that work, and it doesn’t look much different from the original color!!”
But in person, it does. I promise. The original finish was considerably lighter and had a lot of red in it, with specks of black all over. It was very much a “factory finish”.
Now comes the hard part…deciding how I want to upholster it. I think I want to use two different fabrics—one solid and one patterned. That combo would look something like this…
The solid fabric would go on the tufted back and the seat, and the patterned fabric would go on the cushion and the back of the chair.
I might even have enough of the drapery fabric left over to use for the patterned fabric. Wouldn’t that fabric be beautiful against the dark painted wood?
So we’ll see what I end up with. If there’s not enough drapery fabric left over, then I’ll have to find a coordinating fabric. It’ll need to be fabulous, though, because the backs of these chairs will be the first part of the chairs that a person sees from the entryway of the family room.
Well, I’m off to spend another day outside enjoying our gorgeous weather. Today I MUST finish painting cabinet doors! If my neighbors don’t already think I’m crazy, they certainly will when they see 32 cabinet doors strewn about the courtyard and lining my condo.
Have a great day!
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