Welcome back, sweet friends! Today I’m back with one of the three chairs I have left in my current haul, this child’s chair that I believe I paid $5 for:
I always pick up children’s chairs because they are usually good sellers. I was hanging onto this one in case I came across a small table that I could match it to. It moved with us three years ago and no luck yet. It is well overdue for a new look!
After going nautical on the dresser I shared on Thursday, I decided to stick with coastal for this piece too. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
The only prep needed for most pieces when using chalk paint is a good cleaning.
For this one, I started with a good wipe down using White Lightning:
The directions say to mix two TBSP into a gallon of warm water, but I half that, mixing one TBSP into a half gallon of warm water. If I have smaller pieces, I’ll clean a couple of things while I have it mixed up. This Mr. Clean sponge tub has worked out perfectly as my White Lightning tub. I just marked on the side with a sharpie where the half gallon mark is. Be sure to swap out your water for clean water and give it another wipe down to remove any residue. You can also put it into a spray bottle, but when pieces are especially dirty, I prefer to be able to dip my sponge into it.
Before painting this chair, I hit it with a coat of Rustoleum spray primer just to get a quick coat of white on it. You’ll see why I wanted a base of white in a minute. (Primer is NOT necessary when using chalk paint.)
Then I brushed on just ONE coat of Dixie Belle’s Dusty Blue.
Once the blue was dry, I pulled out a starfish stencil I had in my stash and started adding a few to the seat:
I left the stencil in place to dry and then went back to add a second coat. Then I removed the stencil immediately after applying the second coat.
While I was waiting for paint to dry while stenciling, I added stripes to the rungs on the back of the chair using FrogTape. I gave the stripes two coats of Fluff also and then removed the tape as soon as the second coat went on:
I continued adding starfish to create a starfish pattern on the top of the chair, taking it over the edges also…
The spray adhesive allows it to stay put, even vertically!
I thought some fun wording would be cute on the piece across the front of the chair, but I didn’t feel like pulling out my Silhouette to create a stencil, so instead, I went digging through my stencil stash to see if I had anything that would work and found a saying that I was able to steal two words from:
I would have preferred a chunkier font, but this worked just fine. I used my Fluff and a small brush to fill that in also. Then I went back with a liner brush and filled in the breaks that give it away as a stencil.
Sand and Seal
What I love about only painting ONE coat of the blue, is that sanding showed the white primer beneath very easily, giving this little chair a very relaxed coastal feel!
This little cutie is a long way from where it started!
The starfish on the seat are classic coastal…
As well as the stripes!
And close up, you can see how nicely the white came through when sanding to give it a relaxed look:
I hope you enjoyed this fun little makeover today!
If you liked this one, you will love this little set!
See how this one ended up HERE!
One more done!!
Revisit any you’d like to see again, or see any you may have missed at the links below:
Painting the Smalls, Holiday Edition (Five of these pieces are in this post!)
Before I sign off, I wanted to mention that I just stocked Mini brushes and Mini Angle brushes! They are quite difficult for we retailers to get our hands on as they are handmade by a small company, but I managed to get some from their last shipment! These are my two favorite styles to paint with.
Also, Dixie Belle has just released two brand new brushes!!
The first is the La Petite brush:
The La Petite is a wax brush that has a tapered edge that is perfect for applying wax and getting into all those details!
The second new release is the Best Dang Brush:
It is a larger 2″ round brush that is not only fantastic for applying wax, but also for painting in all those details that you find on ornate frames!
They are both available in my My Etsy Shop now!
I’ll be back on Thursday with this silver tray I picked up a while ago:
See ya then! 🙂
UPDATE: It’s done woot woot! See it HERE now!
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