Never underestimate the power of thrift store shopping with girl friends.
I probably would have talked myself out of it, on my own. My husband would have called it a piece of junk.
But with friends – they are always excited by the thoughts of someone else spending money. 😉 Am I right?
So, I caved to peer pressure – and bought a really ugly chair for $15.00.
Because we all saw the potential within.
Because that is what real friends do.
Thanks to some very special paint (details below), my trusty sewing machine, and my never ending stash of bleached drop cloth –
This chair never looked so good.
She still hides some ugly within.
But don’t we all?
However, the closer you look – the lovelier she becomes.
It is really the roughness around the edges, that make her beautiful.
I started by sanding the piece lightly, to give the surface some grip. Then spray painted the wicker back with white spray paint.
I had a small sample package of Miss Mustard Seed Shutter Gray Milk Paint, but I knew it wouldn’t be enough to cover the chair frame. So I first applied this Rust-oleum Chalk Paint, in Linen – one coat. This mostly covered the stained wood, leaving the nice chalky finish.
Then I mixed my Shutter Gray milk paint and brushed it over the chalk paint. It went on so smoothly with that chalk paint under it, and covered very well. I only need the one coat of milk paint, so I had plenty to spare. The milk paint didn’t chip or peel and bonded without a bonding agent.
After it was dry, I ran some sand paper lightly over the surface – which revealed some of the white underneath and some of the wood. I was head over heels with the look!
I made the pleated drop cloth cover (how to bleach drop cloth HERE), with some twill tape ties – and called it a day.
So stay tuned! By the way – what do YOU think of the chair? Would you have snagged it up in all it’s brown glory for $15.00? I’d love to know!
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