This year I’ll be observing Halloween in my favorite way; staying home, wearing comfy fleece, and watching Hitchcock’s The Birds. I would love to say that I’ll also be handing out candy to darling little kids in costumes when they come to my door, but historically we only get two or three ‘trick or treaters’ at our house.
But meanwhile I thought I would share a quick chair makeover with you. The legs of this chair were sticking up out of my car with that haul of stuff I showed you last week. Here’s how it looked when I pulled it out of the car.
I needed another chair to keep in my home office a.k.a. the Q Branch so that when my sister comes over she has somewhere to sit if we’re surfing the web.
Although it was gloomy and grey this past weekend, the temperature on Saturday morning was in the low 50’s. It felt plenty warm enough outside to paint, at least for a tough Minnesotan like me 😉
I know that some paints require a minimum temperature of 60 or so, but not milk paint. I checked with the Homestead House people and they said that I can apply milk paint in temps right down to freezing. It will work perfectly well, but may take just a tad longer to dry in colder temps. How handy in my climate!
So I headed out into the carriage house and painted three coats of a mix of Miss Mustard Seed whites (Linen, Ironstone and Grain Sack) on the chair. As is the case on most pieces I paint for myself, I would have been thrilled with tons of chippy-ness but that didn’t quite happen.
I hope that it will wear more with use over time. Fingers crossed.
I had a little paint left over while working on this project, so I pulled out a step stool that I picked up at another garage sale this summer. This is the only ‘before’ photo I could find.
It was already painted white but was a chippy mess. Especially on the top, I’d say about 80% of the paint was missing from the top. If you look closely you can also see that the paint was totally peeling away underneath. One of my tricks with pieces like this is to scrape off the peeling paint, give it a good sanding and then just add a fresh coat or two of milk paint on top of the existing paint. I don’t fully paint it, I try to leave the wear on the edges alone. But the fresh white paint gives it a cleaner look. Shabby rather than grungy.
The stencil just adds that little extra something.
I thought it would be fun to throw in my Happy Halloween pillow and share these pieces with you today. I don’t intend to keep the chair and the stool together as a pair, but they would work well together, wouldn’t they?
I snagged the pillow from the $1 aisle at Target (although it cost $3). It was the last one they had at my store when I grabbed it several weeks ago. I am betting they went really fast at that price.
So, how do you like to spend Halloween? Painting with milk paint outdoors? Out prowling the streets with the kiddos? Living it up at a costume party? Or like me, warm and cozy at home with some hot apple cider and a classic horror film?