FURNITURE FACELIFT: An Affair with a Chair
This bay window has never been my favorite spot to sit - or to look at! It was dated and dreary. I wanted to find chairs that were not too big that they would block the light coming into the room. The ones I loved from the Wisteria furniture catalog were outside my budget for the spot ($899 each):
So I took to the Internet and found these rattan chairs on eBay:
From the posted photos, they appeared to be in great shape. While I knew the fabric was not for me (although, I did always love the Brady Bunch), I figured I could recover the seats and either use the wood as is, or go for a wash, similar to the inspiration chairs.
I bought the chairs, they shipped from Florida and arrived via Greyhound bus just days later. Actually, they arrived 2 days after purchasing them!
I brought them home, and began and finished my project the same day. I'm not a very patient person, so if I can do it, anybody can.
I began with flipping the chairs over to unscrew the seats, popped those out, and sanded the chair thoroughly and wiped it clean so that the paint would go on smoothly, without any dust particles.
I was going for a blue gray wash, so I began by painting the chairs a very faint blue, which as you can probably see, was more like a warm white. I ragged it on the chair, and while it dried, headed back to Home Depot for another shade of...you guessed it, BLUE. I returned to my project, racing to get it done before 3 o'clock pick-up, and quickly applied this second can. No luck. It was too periwinkle for the spot. Gray-blue is not an easy shade to get just right. It's either too yellow or too purple. So you guessed it - back to the paint department.
The third time must really be the charm, because this shade, as Goldilocks said, was "just right!" I applied it, ran to pick up the kids, and then once it was dried, lightly sanded in all the spots where natural wear-n-tear would occur to bring out the lighter colors and natural wood stain below.
I had planned to put on a coat of polyurethane to seal it, but never got around to it.
As for the seat, I found a great fabric from Robert Allen, called Square Pegs in the color Ice - I have it in another room in my house in the "Mist" color. I didn't want to use the same pattern, but this houndstooth is so classic, and the shade was perfect for my 50 shades - ok - 3 shades of blue gray that it took to get these chairs just right!