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Saturday, May 14th, 2011
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Hi to all my fellow junk lovers.  This is my first ever blog and blog post. That being said, I am going to just jump right in.  Here goes…..

chair painted green and chair seat recovered in vintage fabric petticoat junktion 

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I found this chair at my favorite junk shop.  It has great details but definitely needs a makeover.
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I started by using my handy-dandy drill to remove the seat.  A regular screwdriver works too but takes a lot more energy and time.
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Next I went through my fabric stash to get some inspiration for chair color.  I picked out a bright floral piece that once upon a time was a kitchen curtain.  I always try to use what I have around the house when redoing anything.  To recover the chair seat I laid my fabric right side down  and  cut a piece large enough to fold up around the bottom of the seat.  whimsical chair 009 I then stapled the fabric to the seat.  I always do 2 opposing edges first, then the last 2 and then ease the corners so I don’t have a lot of wrinkles or folds on the finished product.  Sometimes I have to replace the foam in the cushion but this seat  was still nice and firm.  I just stapled the new fabric over the existing cover.
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Wow, so easy.  Looks great, huh.
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I painted the frame a bright honeydew color.  I brushed on the first coat then  immediately went over it with a 4 inch sponge roller.
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I let the paint  dry for about 4 hours then distressed the chair  with my palm sander.  I just hit places here and there where the paint might wear over the years.
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whimsical chair 014                 I finished the chair by aging  it a little with Caromal Colours toner.  This product cuts some of the sheen and freshness of the color. I screwed the seat bottom on and embellished the back with a little sparkly blue ribbon. I just love this little whimsical chair.  You can see it next week at ARTifacts Emporium in downtown Clarksville.

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13 Responses

  1. look at you! look at that chair! look at me leaving an actual comment on your blog and not just waiting until i see you to tell you that i read your blog. congratulations on your new venture!

  2. C'est Moi says:

    You've inspired me ! makes me want to go grab a paintbrush and paint something . Love the step by step documentation… make it look so easy :)

  3. This is fabulous! The colour of the paint and the fabric are perfect together!

    How is this your first blog post and your blog already looks so professional????

  4. So cute- this came out darling and you did a great job on it!! Thanks so much for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  5. WELCOME to blogging. You did great on your very first blog post. Very inspiring indeed. If I had to look back at my very first blog post, I would probably slap myself, I had no clue what I was doing. You are off to a great start. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party, come again soon.

  6. Hi! Welcome to Blogland! Nice to meet you!.

    Great job on the chair. It's like night and day.

    I'm your newest follower. Found you via Debbie.

  7. Meg says:

    It's your first post?? Welcome! I'm so glad you decided to link up to my party! Yeah! I love, love, love the color of the chair! And the fabric is the perfect touch–amazing you had it just laying around your house! Beautiful job!

  8. That chair is gorgeous! Great job!! And, welcome to blogging. Found yu via The Brambleberry Cottage. Toodles, Kathryn

  9. that color and fabric are SO fun and have me wanting spring! :)

  10. Claire says:

    This chair is a beauty-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

  11. Amber says:


    I bought 3 chairs from Goodwill that are beige. Would you recommend stripping them first or just sanding them down before I paint them with chalk paint??

    Thanks for your help,
    Amber :)

    • Kathy Owen says:

      I wouldn’t do anything except paint them!! Depending on the original finish the chippiness will be different. If they have a heavy varnish or poly finish they will chip a lot. If the finish is more raw wood or low gloss there will not be much chippiness. If you don’t want the paint to chip then use the bonding agent. Would love to see a pic when you’re done!