Hello, beautiful friends!! As always, I am so grateful when you stop by! I finished my last haul on Tuesday and while I am still on the hunt for pieces for my next haul, I’ve got a $10 yard sale chair that is perfect to show how you can update a boring chair with stencils!
Here is how it started:
I told you it was boring!
I often find desks or dressing tables that need a chair to go with them, so I had picked this one up just in case I needed one, but I hadn’t done anything with it in a year, so it was time to go! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
After a good cleaning with White Lightning, it was time for paint.
This one got two coats of Dixie Belle’s Caviar:
Adding a Stencil
Then I decided to add a stencil to the center panel and settled on our house numbers.
I used these 1.5″ number stencils (The company is no longer in business.) and spray adhesive to prevent the paint from bleeding:
Then I filled the stencil in with three coats of white acrylic craft paint using a small craft brush and voila:
It’s important to remove the stencil while the paint is still wet, so I removed it as soon as I applied the last coat.
Then I used a liner brush to fill in the gaps that give it away as a stencil.
I shared a video that shows how I add stencils if you want to see that here:
It needed more though and so I decided to keep going and found this stencil in my stash:
Unfortunately, that’s from the same stencil company that is no longer in business. This one also got three coats of white acrylic craft paint.
When everything was dry, I sanded all over, including across all the stenciled areas to smooth everything out using 220 grit sandpaper.
I get asked about the paint smearing when sanding, but I don’t seem to have any issues when I use the Delta Ceramcoat brand.
I used my shop vac with a brush attachment to vacuum up all the dust, then wiped it down with a clean cloth.
All that was left to do was seal.
Try not to overwork the sealer. I will often add a drop of paint to my sealer when sealing darker pieces as this helps to minimize streaking. This piece got two coats.
Here is how this boring chair looks now!
There was a time before transfers when stencils played a huge role in making over furniture and decor, and they are still fun to play with!
The satin finish is not super shiny but almost looks like a buffed finish.
How cute is it now??
I added the Grande-Rue part on the front of the chair beneath the seat. and the back got a simple fleur-de-lis:
Now it’s like a sexy little black dress!
I had fun giving this chair a new personality! I hope you enjoyed it too.
I pulled this desk from the depths of my garage and found this little chair at a yard sale last weekend:
They made a cute set, so I’ll be back for Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday with these cuties!
UPDATE: See how this sweet this set turned out HERE now!
Have a wonderful weekend! Hopefully, mine will include finding some treasures for my next haul!
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