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Crusty Heirloom Chair

I’m sorry I couldn’t post this yesterday as promised. There was a glitch in the system on the site I needed to post the entry. This chair used to be part of a dining set that we had when my boys were small. As you can see, the black paint is almost gone, and it’s in pretty bad shape.

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I started by sanding the chair with 120 -220 grit sandpaper. I used my Ryobi Mouse…love that little guy! It’s like the energizer bunny…just keeps going. I was able to sand down the small cracks, but the larger cracks were still there. I would have used wood filler, but I was worried the color wouldn’t be the same in those areas after I stained. Also the chair was made of different woods.(something I couldn’t tell when painted). At this point, I must say, I was a little discouraged.

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I started by using the Briarsmoke stain on it first..but I thought it was too dark for the look I was going for.I wanted some glam to it.

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I then went over it with the Bleached Blue stain. I liked how the brown stayed in the cracks of the chair, and the blue kind of highlighted them.  I lightly sanded different areas to bring back some of the brown stain for the aged look.

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From there I used painters tape and plastic to cover the chair…all but the front bottom legs. I sprayed them with the Gold Mirror Effect…I love this product and the look it added to the chair.

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I then applied a coat of Varathane Triple Thick Poly to the chair. I had never used this product before, and I love that I only needed to use one coat. The chair feels so soft and smooth.

I had known exactly what I was going to do with the seat. I had recently made a rag rug that I was so happy with, you saw it here, I thought I would use a similar, but different, technique. I purchased 3 different types of yarn, in various thicknesses, hemp string, chair foam pad,  and a non slip rug protector. For the next few days, I was watching movies and working on it.

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This is what I purchased….this pic also shows what the back looks like when done…What I did was find a small book 6″ wide.  You could also use a piece of cardboard cut 6″.  I wrapped, and wrapped, and wrapped one of the yarns around it. ‘like your making a pom pom’ then cut at the top, then bottom…there you go…lots of pieces at once. Do this with all the yarns.

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I started by cutting the yarns in 6″ lengths.You slip a crochet hook in one little square with a strand attached and come up on the one next to it.then tie a knot. Keep going..using a random pattern. I had purchased a foam pad from the store and cut to fit the seat of the chair.  This is the back when done!

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I then purchased a canvas, and spray painted the sides with the Aged Gray Chalked spray paint. I then taped the sides and sprayed the front of the canvas with Rusto oleum Chalk Board spray paint.

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I used white paint for the lettering.  I then took burlap ribbon and went around the sides and attached thumbtacks to hold it down, and tied a bow at the top.

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I then purchased a canvas, and spray painted the sides with the Aged Gray Chalked spray paint. I then taped the sides and sprayed the front of the canvas with Rusto oleum Chalk Board spray paint. I used white paint for the lettering.  I then took burlap ribbon and went around the sides and attached thumbtacks to hold it down, and tied a bow at the top.

And here it is….finished….Please let me know what you think.

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52 thoughts on “Crusty Heirloom Chair

      1. I remember a long time ago. Cats would get in my kids sandbox and leave poop. I sprayed around it with something in a can, that keeps cats away. Doesn’t harm kids. Don’t remember the name…that was like 30 some years ago. But if we could fix, then spray…perhaps that would work…Worth a try???

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      2. I tried to chase them away from one piece of furniture, and they just move to another one. When they were little kittens, we bought them all kinds of scratching posts, and they never paid attention to them. They prefer antique furniture. You should see what they did to a bed post, but only one of the four!

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  1. You have topped yourself with this one! I absolutely love this!!!! I found 2 bedside tables. Great condition, but totally 70’s. Think I could do something with just the drawers? And I want to use that blue color!

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      1. I don’t think you need my direction…You craft so beautifully…love the shells around the frame!!! And that precious wreath with teacups!!! Wow, the drawer you did also right? They make great storage in the bathroom. Plus you can add shell…ohh….that fish netting…wow that would look awesome.

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  2. Hey Kelly..love the chair and the color! If chairs or dressers or anything could talk, they would probably say ..thank you for the face lift! nicely done!

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    1. Thank you so much Ibeth. I made that rag rug, and loved it. So I thought I would try this. Then I though of my ottomans…then I just made it big enough for both. I thought the gold would just add pretty chic to it!

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  3. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:
    Another adorable contribution to the party from dear Linda of kelleysdiy. She is asking, “How long do you think the kitties would take to make it their cozy spot!” About two minutes spent in fighting as to who gets it first! Thank you, Linda, for joining the party with these great posts!

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      1. I should have said DIY LOL, but you got it. My neighbor and I are always picking things up. The other day there was an item too large for us and it was killing me so I kept checking on it, hoping it would still be there and my husband could get it for me. Then on one of my drive by’s a guy with a screwdriver was taking it apart!!! I had a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment and called my neighbor up to tell her. The weekend came and she was visiting her daughter and low and behold there it was. It had been her son in law taking it apart! We had a good laugh. Her daughter says , “don’t tell her”, but she said she knew I wouldn’t be mad. I wasn’t at all. It’s all in the “family” of pickers. It’s all good. LOL

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      2. Well her daughter is keeping it, Her husband is handy and although it didn’t need painting, it was missing a drawer which he’ll either rebuild or eliminate altogether since it is an antique desk with a detailed wood inlay and carved wooden legs.

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