You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned my living room redecorating plan in the past week or two. Going in I knew that the next step in the plan was going to be the most challenging for me. It’s the step where I had to buy new stuff. Living room furniture to be precise. You guys know I love buying used furniture at thrift stores, garage sales, or from Craigslist. I’m not particularly queasy about most vintage pieces. But I draw the line at two things; sofas and mattresses (well, and also shoes, but seriously, have you ever seen the selection of size 11 shoes at the thrift store?).
Is it a fear of bedbugs? Is it the fact that at some point I know I am going to wake up with my face smushed into that mattress or sofa cushion and I just want to be sure that some stranger’s hind end wasn’t resting on that same spot in the past? Is it simply the fact that these items can’t be refreshed with a simple paint job (although I know some of you will argue that you can paint both fabric and leather upholstery, I’ve tried it on chairs and I’m pretty sure I don’t want to tackle a sofa)?
It’s really a bit of all of the above.
So, shopping for new furniture was in order and thankfully my sister agreed to help me out with that. Last Saturday we headed out to a few different furniture stores and I found a couple of options that I liked. I took Mr. Q back later and we pulled the trigger on a new sectional from Macy’s. Since it was President’s Day weekend they had some sales going on that made it the perfect time for buying furniture (for my foreign readers, for some reason President’s Day is a very popular day for furniture stores to hold big sales). I was also shocked to find that the sofa I wanted can be delivered tomorrow (because I didn’t customize the fabric)! I was sure I’d be waiting months for something, but no.
So, all of that by way of saying, my plan is going full steam ahead and next week I’ll share the progress I’ve made. In the meantime, while we wait for the new sofa to arrive, today I’m sharing another little chair that I painted.
This particular chair has been in the lineup for a while now. I actually painted it once already. I should back up and point out that this chair was already painted red when I got it. Last summer I decided to just give it a fresh topcoat of red paint and call it good. So I sanded it a little to rough up the surface, cleaned it well and then pulled out some Homestead House milk paint in Barn Red and gave it a fresh coat of red. Then I gave it a coat of hemp oil.
Although I’d used Barn Red before on a pair of faux skis, this shade of red just wasn’t doing it for me on this chair. So I put the chair on the back burner for a while.
Today’s q-tip: Paint won’t adhere well over a freshly hemp oiled surface, however, you can paint over it if you give the hemp oil a good 30 days or so to cure and then sand the surface lightly before re-painting.
The 30 days on the back burner somehow turned into something more like 200 days with this chair though. I finally pulled the chair out of the carriage house one evening last week because I was really in the mood to paint something. It was too dark out at the time to take a ‘semi-before’ photo, so you’ll just have to imagine the chair being red.
I sanded the chair lightly, cleaned it with a damp rag and then added two coats of Dixie Belle’s In the Navy.
Next I pulled out a stencil and added it to both the seat and the chair back.
After the stencil paint dried I sanded the chair well to really rough it up and reveal some of that red layer underneath. I wanted this little chair to truly look aged.
The theme of the stencil, ‘drygoods & sundries for mariners’ seems to tie in well with the paint color, In the Navy. The red, white and blue combo has a nautical feel too.
I finished the chair with a coat of clear wax.
If it doesn’t sell to someone who sees it here first, this little cutie will be headed to Reclaiming Beautiful. I’m sure someone will be irresistibly drawn to it, what do you think?