This chair makeover came about when a friend gave me this chair. I had a few ideas how to update it but knew it would be white. As I walked by it over several weeks I knew the chair could only be painted in Old Fashioned Milk Paint. Join me as I show you how I gave a sweet chair an update.
What makes this chair so special is that it is hand made. Whoever made it carved his or her initials on the bottom of the seat. Probably a grandfather or father made the chair. The chair is a solid piece of wood. I suspect some people will be horrified that I painted it. I hope by painting it I gave it new life. The original owner gave it to KT, so I am not sorry I painted it. Apparently, it needed an update.
Do you make up stories about the furniture you paint? I do and I name the pieces. Usually after the person who gave it to me or if it is a color that is a friend’s favorite color. In my mind, this chair became the Fairy Tale Chair.
When I use OFMP I always start off by wiping down the piece with white vinegar and water. It is mixed in a spray bottle. By the way, any white vinegar will do but I use cleaning white vinegar. It is a little bit stronger than regular white vinegar. So I spray the piece or sometimes a paper towel and wipe it down. Then I let it thoroughly dry.
Since the chair is so solid there were no repairs to make. It does have some knicks and scratches but I think it adds charm. After all, after a certain age we all have knicks and scratches, don’t we?
I love to layer paint. And the chair did get the layered treatment. The first coat was a mix of about ½ teaspoon of Barn Red and 3 tablespoons of Snow White to make a very light pink. I didn’t add Extra Bond because I decided to let the paint chip or behave however it wanted to.
The next layer I did is Oyster White. To me, it has blue undertones or is a cool white. After that dried I used the Daddy Van’s Distressing Disk in areas I felt would be worn after many years of use. Then I mixed up the final coat of paint in Snow White. It is a warmer white than the Oyster White. Once it dried I sanded the chair to remove the wax and applied Daddy Van’s Hemp Oil. Three coats to be exact. It is a sweet chair that got a much-needed update. Do you think it looks like a fairy tale chair?