A Reader’s Painted Chair Success

Thank you all for bearing with me during some site construction.  It should be mostly complete now.

One of my readers, Anneke from Rustichic, sent me an email about her chair that she painted.  She said she saw the entry, immediately  looked for a chair on Craigslist, found one not far from her house and got to work!  It looks fabulous. 

Before and After.

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So bold!  I love the pink color. 

So, I asked Anneke a few questions about her experience. 

How long did it take to paint the chair?
I’m guessing this took me about 10-12 hours from start to finish, but I have three little kids that I was intermittently caring for at times.

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How many coats of paint did you do?
I followed your tutorial with 2 base coats and 1 top coat with complete dry time.

Was there anything that you would do differently?
I would have measured precisely. I did that with my test pillow and it came out PERFECT, and then not precisely (not sure why) with the rest of the chair. It would have turned out better. I also sprayed the wood frame first, but because of the style of chair, I wish I would have done the fabric first, and then taped off and painted/distressed last.  I used a mix of Ceramcoat Sunkissed Coral and Fushia Pearl (which is sparkly), and I would have gone less sparkly.

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Is it crunchy or rough?
It is not crunchy or rough, but a soft smooth texture (sort of like a soft fuzzy vinyl, and yes, that sounds kind of weird). The cushion turned out the best.

Was it difficult going from green to pink?
The green to pink aspect actually worked better than I thought, but not so well where there are creases (like when you push down and see the untouched green fabric) and the piping. I think a solid color and smoothness is most important (after seeing the results of Young House Love with the textured swirls).

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What were the biggest challenges?
As for challenges, I would not choose a chair with the tufting if you care about the close up look of it. It was difficult to paint and difficult to sand. Also, the amount of wood to fabric made it difficult (as well as the amount of piping), unlike Kristy’s chair that just had the bottom framing.

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Overall impression?
I think overall this method is awesome and I’m happy with how my first attempt came out. This chair looks awesome from a distance, but up close, you can tell it is "different". I will probably do this again, but be more selective in the style.

What are your plans for the chair?
I was doing this as an experiment and just plan to sell it.

Hear that?  She’s selling it!  Any takers?!

Be sure to check it out on her blog!  She has other cool projects and things for sale

Thanks for sharing, Anneke.

9 Comments :

  1. Liz @ It's Great To Be Home

    Love it, what a gorgeous chair!

  2. Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door

    This chair turned out great! I was wondering about painting a color different from the original color. So glad it see it worked out this well.

  3. Hi Kristy! Anneke here from RustiChic. Thank you so much for featuring my chair!!! I definitely would not have attempted this so quickly without your tutorial and l already have a few potential buyers! You have been a great help and inspiration. :-)

  4. I love the pink color! :D x

  5. Thank You sooooo much!!! I am excited about this!!! I love browsing high end stores and then “researching” til I find what I want in my budget!!! I found and bought two chairs at a discount store… loved the style but not the fabric…. knowing that at some point I would attempt reupholstering or painting them myself….family thinks I’m crazy but as I point out they’ve thought that before & love my projects in the end….so here I go I will be painting my chairs the same color…. fabric and all !!!!!!!!! Yeehaw!!!

  6. I just found this wonderful post — Bravo! What brand of paint did you use? I’ve been contemplating this project for my dining chairs and wanted a metallic finish. Wonderful to see it is indeed possible.

  7. RAE DAMBROSIO

    HI
    I JUST LOVE THE LOOK YOU ACHIEVED. IT LOOKS FABULOUS ! I HOPE I CAN DO AS WELL. YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME.
    I AM GOING TO ATTEMPT A PAIR OF PROVINCIAL CHAIRS….. TUFTED OF COURSE. YIKES!!!
    DID I MENTION IT IS A BROCADE FABRIC IN LAVENDER. I LOVED IT 53+ YRS AGO. PERHAPS I CAN LOVE IT AGAIN. IT IS IN GREAT SHAPE SINCE IT SPENT MOST OF ITS LIFE IN PLASTIC…I’M ITALIAN hahahA
    I WILL PAINT THE FABRIC FIRST AS YOU SUGGESTED . THE WOOD IS GOING TO BE WHITE. IT NEEDS SOME SANDING. WISH ME LUCK,,,

    THANKS FOR THE INFO
    I STILL HAVE TO PURCHASE THE PAINT BUT I HOPE TO POST THE FINISHED RESULT.

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