You may notice a bit of a theme to my posts over the next couple of weeks … or at least I hope so. I’m really working on clearing out that pile of stuff up in the carriage house and today’s piece also came from there.
I picked up this chair at a garage sale many, many moons ago. I loved the shape of the front two legs, and that union jack design of the chair back.
Somehow it got stashed upstairs in the carriage house and I forgot all about it though.
So last week I pulled it out and took that quick ‘before’ photo on our deck. FYI, since then all of that snow on the deck has melted, and you can even see patches of brown grass out in the yard. I think spring is coming early this year.
Anyway, I cleaned the chair with some spray cleaner and then painted it with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy. I’m really loving this color. So much so that I just ordered the large size jar. It really is just a barely-there grey.
I generally tend to avoid buying things to paint that have already been painted, but you know my motto, ‘never say never’. If I really like something and the price is right, I will make exceptions to that rule.
So, here are a couple of tips for painting over pre-existing paint (without stripping it, because that is a nasty, messy job). First, keep in mind that the durability of your paint will be dependent upon the durability of that pre-existing paint. If it’s peeling, your new paint will just stick to the peeling paint, not to the surface under it. Also, if there are lots of drips, you need to sand those down before you paint or you will still see them. I always prep pre-painted pieces a little more carefully before painting over them. Sand it well, preferably using a mask just in case the old paint has lead in it. Then clean it well before you begin painting using a product like TSP.
And finally, remember that if you are going to distress your piece, the old color is inevitably going to show in layers. So if you’re not OK with that, either don’t distress at all or paint a base color first, then use a wet distress technique to allow only your base color to show through.
I ended up really liking the layering of colors on this chair.
To play off that union jack design on the back, I added just a snippet from the re.design with prima Everyday Farmhouse transfer just under the seat of the chair.
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co and re.design with prima for providing the supplies used in this project.
If you’re looking for Dixie Belle products you can find them here.
And if you’re local, and you need a chair with some British flair, check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page to see if this one is still available.