Jan 24, 2013

Faux Folksy Chair Project

Image: The Inadvertent Farmer

There is a old wooden chair, comfortable tucked between two wardrobes, in a spare bedroom in my home.  I love that chair very much but - if one out of a hundred people, who enter my home, ever lay their eyes on it, they will be amongst a pocket sized group of very close friends and immediate family.

As sturdy and solid as it is, it will never be a part of our day to day lives but it has attended and participated in significant moments throughout my life.

It was there in my very first apartment and now, 9 different homes later, it's still with me.

It's sole purpose?

It's my painting chair. Each home that I've lived in, if it needed a splash of colour, I could call upon my trusty chair to help me reach the lofty heights of walls and ceilings.
It's last job, was aiding me in the decoration of my sons room, just 1 month before he was born. The fragments of splashes, a pale pistachio paint - cherished reminders and worthy additions to the other countless remnants from previous home improvements.

If I ever decide to retire my painting chair (by which I mean, buy a ladder) I do believe that I have found the ideal revamp treatment for it.

There is a great, fun project over at The Inadvertant Farmer, which uses some children's foam stickers and a wonderful, playful sense of creativity.

Image: The Inadvertant Farmer

 All you need is:

1. A Chair.
2. Foam Stickers
3. PVA glue
4. Primer Paint
5. Gloss/Satin or Eggshell Paint (Colour of your choice)
6. Paint Brush

Start by placing the foam stickers on the chair and attach them with some PVA glue. Allow to dry.
(You could sand the chair before applying the stickers...but you don't have to.)

Image: The Inadvertant Farmer
Image: The Inadvertant Farmer

Remove the seat and apply a coat of primer to the entire chair. Allow this to dry according to the instructions on the tin.

Image: The Inadvertant Farmer
Once the primer is completely dry, apply 2 coats of your paint, allowing drying time between each coat.
This would be a perfect time to look at recovering the old seat which you can find instructions for here and here.

You might even try using some recycled material.

Image: The Inadvertant Farmer
Image: The Inadvertant Farmer

Now that I think about it, it may be some years before I retire this old chair.

More recently, it has taken up moonlighting at Christmas, helping me decorate the tree and again when it's time to come down. To be fair, it's had a good workout this year and it still stands firm. I'd guess there's some life in it yet.

Maybe my son will take it, 18 years from now, when he moves into his very first home.
Chances are, living with me all that time, he'll think his new place could do with a lick of paint.


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