So I have told you about this set of dining chairs I got at a yard sale this summer. There was a set of 5: two captains chairs and 3 without arms.
They were godawful yellow with teal velvet seats.
After removing 8 billion staples, I found that under the teal seats was an even worse yellow velvet.
Originally, I decided to spray paint them a high gloss black. This being my first attempt a big spray paint project, I thought it would be easy.
I first used 4 cans of Kilz spray primer (took a lot more than I thought). Then I started with the black. These chairs soaked it up like I had never seen before.
6 cans later I still needed more. In some spots it was high gloss in others it was flat. Then there were all the drips.
Using black in a shadowy garage, it was hard to see where it had ran until it already dried. Then I would sand the drips and after I repainted it you could see where it was sanded it was uneven.
Ugh! I finally gave up and sat them in the basement for months.
Until recently …
So a million dollars worth of spray paint later, I decided to chalkpaint them. This time I went with ivory
I had to do several coats to cover up the black. I then distressed them to let the black show through and used clear wax to finish it off. For the seat, I used a burlap colored fabric with a black french script on it.
I think they turned out pretty cute. They should after 800 man hours. They would look great with an ivory or black table. Even a neat oak table would look great. I will have to charge about $10,000 for these in order to get make more than 2 cents per hour on these lol!
Spray painting was hard for me at first, too. It probably would’ve gone better for you if you started with a small project and one that didn’t have so many holes 🙂 The key for me is using the right brand that works well (I love Krylon – it always works great), and finding the happy medium between too close, too far, and moving too fast/too slow to a new area. The chairs turned out great, though! And those burlap covers are awesome!!
Wow they turned our beautiful. I just painted my cane back chairs and cane really does suck up paint! Lovely photography as well. We follow your blog via email. We would love it if you would visit us and consider joining.
Linda @ http://frenchhensnest.blogspot.com
bravo! so charming.
hope you’ll have a moment to stop by, and i’m hosting a giveaway as well today:
peace to you.
They have the most fantastic shape to them – I’m so glad you saved them! Beautiful! 🙂
I love your chairs so much, good choice on doing them ivory and Love the fabric.
Your chairs turned out great. I love your refreshing post, as I can totally relate…. some projects just seem to go like you described. They take WAY too long! But it’s so rewarding when finally you’ve created a nice product…. like you did with these chairs.
They look lovely! I have a cane back rocking chair that I need to redo as well. Unfortunately the cane is broken and either needs to be replaced or I have to figure out how to upholster that area.
I’d love if you linked up at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2012/12/show-tell-5.html
Ginger-Unfortunately I have no idea how to fix the broken cane, but good luck to you! I linked to your party!
Kyle Mills says
How much are you really charging for this set of chairs?
Kyle Mills says
Thank you Kyle!