What time is it? Ok I am hearing the Bubble Guppies song in my head again, but I promise not to sing it to you. (You toddler moms know exactly what I’m talking about.) It’s actually time for Themed Furniture Thursday!! That’s where a bunch of my furniture-paintin’ friends and I come together each month to share our furniture makeovers, only there’s a twist. Each month there is a different theme! Sounds like a fun challenge right? This month’s theme is rustic. Yes, a challenge indeed!
Remember this yard sale haul pic I shared the other day?
I was making over the tall table there in that post, which you can see here if you like. I also made over that oval coffee table with a French twist here. (The mirror has a new life too and I’ll share that soon!)
The guy I purchased the tall table from offered me that chair and another just like it for $3 each. They aren’t super high quality and I didn’t have a clue what I would possibly do with them, but for$3 each? I took them. He just wanted them gone. I was still kicking myself for taking them though since I wasn’t crazy about them at all.
Here is a better look:
When I was thinking about what I would do for this theme, my first thought was my coffee table in my living room, but I just couldn’t commit to a plan. Then I remembered these chairs.
I’ll admit this one turned out a bit more shabby than rustic, but whatever you call it, it’s an improvement. 🙂
Here’s what it looks like now:
Cute, right? It was so dark and heavy before and now it’s so summery and pretty!
To get “rustic” I wanted a lot of paint to be showing through. I started by spray painting the seat black:
When that was dry, I added petroleum jelly to the areas where I didn’t want the paint to adhere.
Then I spray painted the entire chair in Rustoleum’s Robin’s Egg Blue in matte:
When the paint was barely dry, I took a clean soft cloth and started lightly rubbing the areas where I had applied the petroleum jelly and the paint just came away!
You do have to work quickly though and it’s tough to know how much to rub on and where. I tried to apply it in all the places I thought it would wear naturally. I don’t do heavily distressed pieces very often, but this was fun for a change.
I also rubbed my cloth across other areas where I had not added the petroleum jelly to reveal a bit more of the paint below. It was working great to start, but as the paint dried even more, I had to rub much harder on those other areas.
(Thrift store enamelware, thrift store jars used as my favorite glasses, thrift store platter.)
I’ve been wanting to try this paint color on something for a while now. It has the slightest minty tinge to it. I paid a little over $5 a can at the Home Depot and I used a can and a half. That still makes this chair around $10.
Like I said, it looks a bit more shabby than rustic, but I think we can agree it looks a heck of a lot better than it did before!
Now to decide what to do with the other one!
How about even more rustic inspired makeovers?
And here are some of my favorite Themed Furniture Thursday pieces of my own from the past!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
I love to share at some of these great parties:
Home Stories A to Z Not Just a Housewife Kammy’s Korner The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off Redoux Interiors Between Naps on the Porch The DIY Dreamer Oh My Creative Little Miss Celebration Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista House on the Way Addicted 2 DIY I should be Mopping the Floor Miss Mustard Seed