My picker has been finding some fun things for me lately including this old school chair and stool.
These two pieces have a few things in common. They both have blonde colored wooden seats. They both have unattractively colored metal legs. And they were both in pretty rough shape.
So I knew right from the start that I would paint both of them entirely, including the metal legs.
I started with the stool first. I sanded the wooden seat and then cleaned everything with some TSP substitute. It looked like this stool may have been in someone’s workshop, and I just wasn’t sure if there were any oily residues on it that might resist paint. I like to use a grease cutting cleaner in these cases rather than my normal plain ol’ water.
Next I pulled out The Gulf from Dixie Belle Paint Co.
Isn’t that just the most delicious aqua?
I painted the entire stool, legs and all, in The Gulf.
Once dry, I added another snippet from the IOD Label Ephemera transfer to the seat.
By the way, in case you are keeping track, so far I have used this one transfer on 7 pieces (the medicine cabinet, the folding chair, a painted pumpkin, a wooden box, a mirrored box, a recipe box, and now this stool). The funny thing is that I mishandled the transfer when I first took it out of the tube and ended up ruining a section at the top (it stuck to itself), so I could have gotten even a couple more projects out of it if I hadn’t done that. I still have a couple of small pieces left too.
Once the transfer was applied, I used clear wax over the entire stool.
Next up is the school chair. I had some Chalked spray paint in Charcoal left after painting the table I shared a couple of weeks ago, so I started by using that on the legs. I thought it would work well paired with Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy on the wooden parts, but after getting one coat of the Sawmill Gravy on I really didn’t like the two toned look. So I pulled the spray paint back out and painted over the Sawmill Gravy.
Then, I was stumped. The chair was a perfectly blank canvas with the solid dark grey color on it. I debated adding a grain sack stripe and stencil (like I did on this one), I also considered painting a union jack on the seat (maybe in grey and mustard like I did on this school desk), but that is a lot of work and I didn’t think this chair was worth the effort. I even went through all of my re.design with prima transfers looking for one that would be perfect on the chair, but I didn’t think any of them were quite right.
The stencil was the perfect size for the chair. I masked off the border on the design, since I was placing part of it on the chair back and part on the seat.
I love the way it turned out.
I used Dixie Belle’s Putty to do the stenciling. Once it was dry, I sanded over everything to give it a worn appearance.
Then I used clear wax to finish.
So, what do you think of my upgraded seats?
I took both of them in to Reclaiming Beautiful this week, so if any of you locals are interested you should head to Stillwater and check them out!
I also brought in the notice of decommission sign because I never managed to get it there last year. You’ll also find some of my painted pumpkins at the shop …
And my Farm Life cupboard door signs …
And the mirrored box …
And the boxes …
And the camp stool …
In other words, a whole bunch of stuff!