Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A friend for the Shabby Blue chair...

My first Shabby Blue chair needed a friend.  I purchased this chair at Goodwill several months ago but just never had time to refinish it. After doing the first chair, which I got at a thrift store for ....$2.50!  It was half off day! :)

Here is the before shot...

(How do you like the dead grass?)

I gave this chair the same seat cover...just part of a king size pillow case (set $5 in the Walmart clearance aisle) and a gazillion staples!

They look pretty cute together, don't they? :) (By the way the plate rack on the wall was a thrift store find as well as the plates & silver.)

Shabby Blue Chair...before and after!

This little brown chair was begging for a new life...

(As you can see by the spray-painted gravel under the chair, this is not my first project but it was one of my first in a long time and most definitely one of my faves!)

After a prime coat (1 1/2 cans of Rust-oleum Painters Touch Ultra cover 2x in Flat White) and a coat of what I had hoped would be the perfect shade of turquoise blue it was back to the paint can!

PAINT CAN TIP: In case you didn't know this...You can tint your own latex paint! I turned my kitchen into a science lab of sorts and began playing with the colors until I found the perfect shade!
  1. I started with a basic flat wall paint in a creamy white color and added equal parts of some flat blue paint that I found on the clearance shelf (50% off) at Walmart.  It looked OK until I painted my entire chair! 
  2. Too tint it myself, I added nearly half a bottle of regular acrylic paint in a shade I later found to be called, Key West! (Great place and a great name!)
  3. I painted the chair with a second coat of the new mixture and it was getting there...but was not quite the look I was hoping for so...
  4. I dry brushed the chair with a creamy tan acrylic paint and also a medium gray.
  5. was still not quite right so...
  6. I wiped on and quickly wiped off (in small sections at a time) a dark walnut stain.
Then I knew it was it! See below for the inspiration piece, a Shabby Blue Chair! I think it needs some friends! :)