Hot Pink and Dipped in Gold
It is fun to find discarded furniture and other items that have potential for a new life. Older furniture typically uses real wood instead of the manufactured wood you find today. I would much rather give valuable items a facelift versus investing in low quality “new” furniture. You can choose the fabrics, textures and colors and ultimately make it your own unique piece. Another bonus is that incredible feeling of accomplishment. I have said it before, and I will say it again. To see your vision become a reality is so satisfying. NOTHING feels better then the fruits of hard work.
Everyone is on the hunt for me when it comes to junked items. I love it! My husband, not so much. He thinks I might end up on TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive,” yelling from the bottom of a pile of broken furniture, “I don’t know how this happened!” Maybe, but for now keep hunting! I want to give a big thank you to my 85 year old grandmother, thanks Nana! She found this chair at a relative’s house. She snatched it up and gave it to me.
This chair was pretty yucky. I could not even use the cushion. I had to use the base and create a new one. I thoroughly scrubbed it with hot soapy water, let it dry, then sanded it.
I decided to use a Benjamin Moore paint this time. I chose the ADVANCE® Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint. ADVANCE offers the application and performance of traditional oil paint in a waterborne formula that cleans up with soap and water. That is a major advantage. The traditional oil based paint is such a hassle to clean up, that I tend to avoid it. However, I love that high gloss, luxurious finish of a Benjamin Moore paint.
I primed it and then painted the frame. I then removed the cushion and all of the old padding. I replaced it with foam I had left over from a recent headboard I built. I used spray adhesives and set the foam on the old wooden chair base. I wrapped the cushion this great patterned fabric I found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. It is from Home Essentials and the pattern is Norwalk Graphite.
Even with the hot pink and fun pattern, the chair seemed boring. I made a pillow with an accent bow to go with it. I wanted the pillow to just fit the chair. I measured the back of the chair and cut the squares for my fabric just a tad longer (because of the stitching and stuffing.)
To make the bow pillow, I took another strip almost as wide as the square, and cut it about 2 inches longer. I then sewed the pieces together ugly side up. I turned it in side out and ironed it so the seam would be in the middle.
I tied the strip into a loose knot. I pinned the knotted fabric on the top square to look like a bow.
I lined up the two squares ugly side up and sewed them into a square, leaving a small gap for stuffing. I stuffed it with polyester filling then stitched up the gap.
Finally, I wanted to add one more detail to the legs. I saw these gold dipped bar stools on http://www.honeybearlane.com/2013/03/gold-dipped-bar-stools.html. I did mine a little differently, but her blog totally inspired me. I taped them off with FrogTape® Delicate Surface | Painter’s Tape – FrogTape.com. I sprayed the bottoms with metallic gold, to give them that “gold dipped” look.
My final addition was this watercolor art. Actually, it is a mixed media. I used watercolors, ink and bit leftover gold metallic paint. This is the first time in a long time that I have sat down and painted just for fun. I was supposed to be working on something else, but have no regrets. I will just stay up later tonight to get caught up. We all need to relax every now and then.
Finished, framed and for sale.
I love bright accent pieces. They really change the space. This chair sold immediately after I posted it on Facebook.com/lindeetree
Now that you know the steps, you can make one yourself. I love receiving feedback, suggestions, comments, etc.
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