I’d like to share a before picture of the chair I’m hoping to repaint into a shabby chic style.
After years of perching on a laundry basket to my dressing table I decided I’d like a chair. This is mainly because my bad back isn’t keen on staying anywhere unsupported for long and also because I’d like to use the table with a sewing machine as a creative space to save having to ask DH to get the machine out for me, every time I want to sew.
It started with a drool round sewing rooms on Pinterest- bad idea so many beautiful spaces I couldn’t begin to achieve. Then ‘of course’ I had a nose round Ebay, some lovely thing chairs on there! Pre painted or just pre-loved and looking ideal to ‘alter’. Getting them sent in the post sounded a bit risky for damage and going to collect any from a way a way was an issue too. So I decided to try a local charity which re sells donated furniture. Nothing at ground level looked quite right but the very helpful man working there spied a real gem up on a shelf, he happily climbed up to retrieve it for us and it was wonderful and as Goldilocks would say ‘Just right!’ The perfect dimensions for the space it would be used in, and a comfortable back too.
DH isn’t getting the love for the pre-loved furniture nor shabby chic but I’d much rather give a lovely wooden chair like this a new lease of life than have a charmless modern one. At first I was thinking white with blue shabby chic distressing but I’m not so sure now. I’m currently leaning towards clean white but still in a matt finish.
If I can get to grips with stencilled lettering ‘nicely’ then on the inside of the top curve I’d like to have the word ‘Create’ and on the back edge the word ‘Dream’. I am a bit of a perfectionist though so rather than faffing about trying to line individual letters up, if I go that route for having words on the chair I’m hoping to be able to commission someone to cut me a doflex stencil with the words pre cut so they line up with each other nicely.
This was a daft time of year to think of all this as my hands lock up in cold wet weather DOH!!! So don’t expect to see finished pictures any time soon but I’ll take pictures along the way and let you know how it goes. Has anyone else done a project like this with chairs? I’d love to see some finished pictures of what you made. In a really ideal world I’d like to add a bird image to the chair back too, but not to have a shiny edge of a decal, so not sure that will be a starter. If anyone knows of people who will custom make stencils or know any projects like this one I can have a look at do leave me a comment, I’d love to learn and see some inspiration.
Well the weather has shut down now, so this project is somewhat moth balled till next summer when I hope to get the use of my hands back again. In the meantime I’ve thrown some fabric over the chair as DH isn’t loving the ‘pre loved’ look as much as me.
I’ve seen mention of Annie Sloan paint for shabby chic-ing furniture. Has anyone use it and what did you think? This chair will be well used rather than something just to look decorative. I’m rather tempted by doing a ‘quick n dirty’ attempt with this Annie Sloan paint if I could do the whole chair with one of the little tester pots, rather than a 1 litre can. But it sounds like you have to wax it after painting so quite labour intensive when you hands don’t work in wet cold weather.
I’d be happy just to paint it plain white but stripping all the layers off either with sandpaper or even paint stripper sound quite a lot of work that my hands won’t manage. ( Me thinks the ‘throw’ will on a LONG time), but it was a nice lilac chenille piece from the remnant , which I’ve been ‘saving’ for ages ;)
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon