Considering the fact that I usually tend to avoid painting chairs, I seem to have been working on lots of pairs of chairs lately. They seem to be finding their way to me despite my best efforts. There was the pair of folding chairs that my neighbor, nnK, gave to me.
Then it was the pair of library chairs that I purchased at a garage sale.
And then there is the pair of chairs I purchased to turn into planters …
Although I still haven’t worked on them yet.
And today I’m sharing a pair of chairs that one of my co-workers, Jackie, found for me at a garage sale.
It’s another pair of folding chairs. The original paint on one was black, and the other was a dark red.
The existing paint on these was so dry that it mostly came right off with the lightest touch of 220 grit sandpaper. I sanded them to remove loose paint and then cleaned them with my Dawn/garden hose method to prep.
I decided to go dark with this pair in contrast to the previous pair of folding chairs that I painted in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth, so this time I used their Midnight Sky.
I used the same stencil that I used on the library chairs.
By the way, I used Dixie Belle’s Putty for the stencil. Because the Dixie Belle paint is fairly thick, I find that it works really well for stenciling.
Once all the paint was dry, I sanded them to distress and then finished them off with some Fusion antiquing wax. I love the way the dark wax kept the distressed edges from looking too freshly sanded.
I wish I had a cute little bistro table to go with the chairs, that would be adorable on a veranda or in the garden.
But they are also perfect for holding a watering can full of hydrangeas.
One of them would be perfect next to the front door holding a potted plant. It would also make a great alternative to a piano bench.
Regardless of where they end up being used, I think they are vastly improved with just a little bit of paint.
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle for providing the paint used for this project. If you’re looking for Dixie Belle products you can find them here.
And if you are local and could use a pair of vintage folding chairs, be sure to check out my available for local sale page for more details.