Thursday, April 21, 2016

Counter Chairs



Paint and fabric and dishes and furniture. Those are some of the things that can attract my attention in a heartbeat.

Mister used to warn the girls before he left for work not to stand still too long or "... mommy might paint you!" I was all about stenciling everything in the 80's and 90's. I often cajoled friends into painting a room (maybe a bit more daring color than they were ready for) by reminding them "it's just paint". At the time it was not hip or groovy to paint wood and to paint grandma's heirloom table would have been unforgivable. Fast forward to 2016 and everybody is painting everything!

I have shown you my fabric stash before. It is shameful. Over and over again I end up with a project that I could use one of my lovelies for but find I cannot part with it so I purchase something similar and keep my treasure tucked safe away for that "one day" project that will require My Precious and I know I will want to keep it forever. No, I am not on medication. Yes, I probably should be.

Dishes....I could have china hutches filled with Royal Doulton or pretty chintz tea cups, ceramic bowls and iron stone. My first stop in Home Goods is always the dishes. I ooh and aah and sometimes even come home with a piece or two...or more. Funny because my everyday dishes are white, I figure it safest so that I can add anything I want as an accent.

Then there is furniture and I have a cache of abused and abandoned pieces waiting in my basement for my attention. I intend to rework them, paint them and sell them in an attempt to keep funding my hunts for the other addictions. I have shared that Mister is not a fan of all that furniture in my basement but what you may not know is that sometimes he brings furniture home to me! Yes, he does!

Recently he brought home a pair of counter height bar stools. They are black metal with a pleather seat. I immediately put them up for sale on our local yard sale sites on Facebook at a reasonable price and got no interest. I dropped the price three times and didn't even get a nibble. By that last price drop I was asking 1/2 of what I had originally posted them for. I don't think I was being unreasonable in the pricing and was practically giving them away and still nobody wanted them. It was sad. So, what's a girl to do. I yanked them puppies from the sites, took the seats off and started painting!


I used Waverly's Chalk Paint in the color Agave. I purchased it at Walmart for $6 a while ago for another project. Each chair got two coats.


 I then sealed the paint with a spray coat of Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel.

Go figure, I have a blurry picture of the Crystal Clear Enamel. Sorry.
Had to wait for a nice day to spray coat them.
Why not just spray paint the color vs. chalk paint? I had that paint on hand!


Originally, I thought I would cover the seats in some of my fabric stash. I have a ecru colored canvas that I thought could work.


I intended to stencil something onto the material; a bee, a number, maybe just a couple stripes.... Naw! I ditched that idea and decided the chairs needed a fun fabric-something summery and playful.

Armed with a Joann Fabrics coupon and a vision I hit the road. I forgot to bring a paint sample with me so I was winging it. I returned with $5 worth of fabric that was spot on for the colors!


I left the pleather on and used the seat as my pattern. I cut a square about 3 inches wider than the seat so I had fabric to wrap under. Starting on opposite sides I stapled the fabric in place, pulling it smooth but not too tight. For stapling think 12 and 6 on a clock. Next I stapled at 3 and 9. Now smoothing the fabric in between the staples I kept moving along each time opposite the last one to keep the fabric smooth and taut. I trimmed the fabric to make it neat and reattached it to the frame.


And... here is the finished product.


In my kitchen, even though there is really no room for them here. 

Taken with my phone.Ugh! 
I had the paint, the chairs were free. It cost me a few dollars for fabric and hopefully, I will get the price I want for them now. I can just see them in someone's Cape Cod home or summer rental. What do you think?

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42 comments:

  1. What a beautiful job you did on those bar stools! Such happy & cheerful colors! I like your kitchen, and also was drawn to that pretty, white dresser/chest that you painted. But, I especially like the Scripture on the framed chalk board, "We love because He first loved us." Forgot to mention, your writing is delightful. As a former teacher, I notice those things!

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    1. Hi, Bev! Thanks for stopping by and for all the kind words. The dresser/chest was a hand-me-down that came to us all beat up about 15+ years ago. I added a wood decal thing-y from a craft store, painted the whole thing and gave it some new hardware (bling). It serves as a work horse in my craft space. That particular piece of Scripture has to be hammered into me several times a day as a home-schooling mama. I am always wondering how my grammar and writing are being scrutinized by others so thank you, thank you, thank you for the compliment.

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  2. You did a great job on these chairs! Love the color now, and that fabric is lovely. I'm sure they'll sell quickly now. I would like to invite you to link up to our party, Sweet Inspiration. It starts on Friday and runs until Tuesday. Hope to see you there.

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    1. Thanks, Keri for the kind words! I will be sure to drop by and join in the party!

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  3. The paint color and fabric are just perfect. I bet they sold quickly as they are such a quick perk up for any decorating style.

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    1. Oh, thank you Debra and thanks for spending some time with me today!

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  4. Big difference! They should sell. Now I want to paint something! I never have before. Is it hard?

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    1. Thank you, Laura and thank you for stopping by today. I am always happy to see new visitors!

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    2. Silly me! I did not answer your question! No, it is not hard but take your time because drips can ruin a project faster than anything and I never seem to notice them until they are nice and dry. Chalk paint is basically self leveling and very forgiving and it has become my go to choice! Try it! You will love it! It's just paint!

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  5. Wow! What a transformation, incredible! I love the colour and the fabric, it's perfect! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #3! Happy Saturday!!

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    1. Hi Katrin! Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me. I am glad you liked the chairs. Thanks for hosting the party.

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  6. Lol, I'm the same way with a lot of my fabric. I'm now just Trying to find project to use up my stash! Love the transformation on those chairs. You'd better get full price for those chairs now!

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    1. Thanks, Leslie. I am glad to know there are others out there that hang on to their fabric the way I do. It almost makes me feel like I don't need therapy. Thanks for spending time with me today.

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  7. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home.

    Jennifer

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    1. Thank you and thanks for hosting another great party!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! That fabric you went with is stunning and perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Audra! Thanks for dropping by.

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  9. You did such a great job! I wish I was handy like that! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty Hope to see you back!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and spending time with me, Crystal! You can do-just pick up a paint brush and try! What have you got to lose?

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  10. I'm in awe of your great makeover- thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  11. Oh these turned out SO great!

    I would LOVE for you to share this with my Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  12. These stools look SO good! You really did a fantastic job brightening them up and giving them a fresh makeover. They look perfect in your kitchen! Thanks so much for sharing them at Inspiration Thursday last week!

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    1. Thank you for taking a look at them Lela! I am so glad you stopped by for the visit.

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  13. Wow the chairs came out beautiful! :)
    TFS this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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  14. Thanks, Julie! Thanks for hosting the party.

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  15. I love the vibrant colors!! Such a great idea to give the chairs new life. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you, Karyl! (I love your name and the spelling!) Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. What a pretty transformation! I love using Waverly Chalk Paint, too. The color you chose, combined with the lovely fabric looks wonderful.

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    1. Hi Beverly! Can't beat the price for the chalk paint and it does go a long way! Thank you for the kind words and for visiting with me today!

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  17. Hi Jolena. I love this! I'm about to makeover a vintage vanity chair, and you've inspired me in an entirely different direction! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou last week. Will you join us again? Mimi xxx

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    1. Yay! I am so happy that something I love inspired somebody else especially when that somebody is someone I have followed for a long while! I am humbled and so happy!

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  18. Thanks for sharing your amazing DIY transformation with us Jolena - congrats! You are one of our Featured Guests at this week's Inspire Me Monday Party - #226 - at Create With Joy! :-)

    Happy May to you!

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    1. Thank you! I am thrilled to be included and look forward to seeing all the lovely things that caught your attention this week!

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  19. Love the colors of your DIY chairs. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Carol and thank you for visiting with me today!

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  20. Those are super cute! I love that fabric.

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  21. I enjoyed reading your work. I'll come back for more

    Keep up the good work :) from, Home Buys Plus

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    1. Thanks, Steve! Thanks for stopping by.

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