This post was most recently updated on September 23rd, 2019
In my last post, I talked about the chair I was refinishing.
Well, here it is…
To get this distressed look, I first painted the chair in a fresh blue paint (the colour was Pure Water by SICO), and then I rolled on one very light coat of antique white.
Next I sanded it down until the blue began to peek through. I sanded the edges more heavily in places where it would naturally wear on its own over time, until the original wood began to show.
Finally, I dabbed a sponge brush in some of Folk Art’s Sky Blue craft paint and dry sponged it on very lightly in the areas that were most heavily distressed.
As this chair was originally in my maternal Grandmother’s home (and was built by my great-Grandfather almost 65 years ago), I really wanted to have a special touch that reminded me where it came from. The “B” monogram is an ode to my mom’s family name.
I used a stencil and some Sky Blue paint for the monogram, and the flourishes were created with a few of my stamps and an “Old Olive” Craft stamp pad from Stampin’ Up. I used a sanding block to sand it down a bit so it looks more authentically aged. I like the way it turned out.
I know my limitations, so I bought the cream cushions rather than making them myself. I found them at Pier One. But I did make the little skirt myself.
The awesome down-filled bird pillow was a fab find at Homesense. In keeping with the bird theme, I originally thought about painting the word “Perch” on the chair instead of the monogram. This chair was always a favorite ‘perch’ in my Grandmother’s kitchen. But there wasn’t much room on the chair frame for words, so I kept it simple.
The chair fits great in this little corner of the kitchen, overlooking the backyard. It’s actually a REALLY comfy chair. It’ll be a sweet spot to sit and read my favorite magazines.
Until next time, happy decorating!
Psssst! I’m sharing this project at:
Oh my, that chair is just gorgeous. Love the new color. You did a great job. Lovely make-over, well done!
Our grandmother's chair!!! Wow! How many times did we sit there….I'm so happy to see it transformed. It looks beautiful! Can't wait to see it in real life! Safe travels tomorrow.
Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says
It turned out fantastic- so pretty and sweet! Thanks for sharing at FNF!
Very nice, very pretty…excellent job! Love it.
I love how it turned out! Nice choice for the colors…and the cushions fit perfectly!
That is gorgeous and I love your photography. Woo HOO I'm NO. 100.
#99 is awesome! Thanks Elizabeth!
Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says
Looks like I'm number 99! It is not 100, but it was good enough for Gretzky 😉
Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says
I love the new paint treatment and monogram on the chair. How sweet that it was in the family and made by your Grandad. It does look comfy!
looks great! the color and the cushions are spot on!
The Decorating Diaries says
Just wonderful! It is fresh and updated. I really like the ruffle in front and your blue sidetable.
[email protected] says
great job. i wouldnt have thought anything could have made the chair up to date. but you did and its beautiful
That is just absolutely adorable!! Fantastic makeover! 🙂
It's just beautiful! Great job! Thank you so much for sharing! I am following you…can't wait to see what you share next! Happy White Wednesday!
Best Wishes and Blessings from a fellow addict! 🙂
Amanda – One Girl in Pink
Love your chair…I also have a morris chair and I love it…yours is just so darling… visit me at lifeatfirelakecamp.com I am having a giveaway….blessings….julie
BEACH BUNGALOW says
Now that's perfection!
Sue @ Beach Bungalow
Keri Lynn…Oh my goodness! I had to look twice! I can't believe that's the same chair!!!
I love this re-do.
You did a beautiful job refinishing this chair! Great job!!
Blue Ridge Altered Art says
What a beautiful transformation!!! I love the pillows too. Looks like a comfy place to sit and relax. ~~Sherry~~
goodness, that turned out just gorgeous!!!!
Great job, love the chair!