Happy Trash-to-Treasure day, dear friends! On the second Tuesday of the month, I and four of my favorite blogging friends get together to bring y’all brand new trash-to-treasure makeovers! My project for today is a vintage banker’s chair makeover.
Look for the links to my friends’ makeovers at the bottom!
I originally planned to share what I did with this tea kettle today:
A perfect trashy makeover, right?? Except I was all ready to share it LAST week when I thought it was the second Tuesday lol! I ended up sharing it anyway last Tuesday.
You can see how sweet it turned out HERE.
But then I had to go back to my stash and see what else would work for today, and I immediately locked eyes (if it had eyes, they would have locked), with this beauty of a banker’s chair:
I would never have paid money for this chair as it is just way too masculine for my taste. It has lived in my hubby’s office for years, but he’s doing some redecorating there and was just going to toss this in the dumpster behind his building.
I’m sure he could hear my voice in his head and then he thought better of that idea and asked me first.
I just couldn’t see this perfectly good (and comfy!) chair get tossed, so here we are!
My challenge was to make it a whole lot less masculine.
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The first step to any makeover is a good cleaning!
I then swapped out my water for clean water and gave it another wipe down to rinse. White Lightning is a degreaser and deglosser and gloves are recommended.
This chair did not appear to have any properties that would leave me to believe it would have any bleed through, so I went right to painting it in Dixie Belle’s Fluff:
There were some scratches on the seat and in that area, I did end up getting a bit of the tannins bleeding through since the original sealer had been worn away.
To remedy that, I applied BOSS in White just to that area:
I allowed that to dry overnight, and then I was able to paint over that one area the next day with no bleed through. (In the above photo, you can see how Fluff compares to a more bright white as well.)
Once everything was dry, I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge.
This chair had lots of dings and scratches, so distressing helped to camouflage that a bit.
Adding a Silkscreen Stencil
I really wanted to add a stencil to this chair, so I looked though all of the Silkscreen Stencils.
I loved the roses from this Floral Silkscreen set:
All the silkscreen stencils have been marked down 30% to make room for new inventory! If you’ve ever wanted to give them a try, NOW is the time!
I’ve also marked down all of the first and second transfer releases from the Belles and Whistles line AND all their decoupage papers as well! It’s all 15-30% off!
You can find everything thing that has been marked down in the ON SALE tab in my Etsy shop or HERE!
I used this acrylic craft paint for this step as chalk paint dries a bit too quickly:
The Silk paint works well too if you have that on hand. There’s a small plastic spatula that you use to apply the paint…super easy!!
You can keep moving and using the same stencil over and over as long as it isn’t touching another fresh stencil that isn’t dry yet.
These are adhesive, so you get super crisp, sharp lines!
They can be used up to 10 times each. I don’t even have any regular stencils that I’ve used that much, so that will create a lot of projects.
Once you’re finished, rinse the stencil right away. The scrubby soaps are perfect for cleaning these, but a washcloth works also.
Then you can just let them dry on a paper towel.
I washed and rinsed these several times while working on this chair, and you can pat them dry and keep stenciling!
When I was done, it was still adhesive as many times as I rinsed and patted it dry:
I kept going until I was happy with the pattern I created and then let everything dry overnight.
The After of this Vintage Banker’s Chair
Here is how this once very masculine banker’s chair looks now:
I wanted to keep it neutral, so I stuck to black and white.
The silkscreen stencils are incredibly detailed…
I gave just one of the legs a little love as well…
And here it is from the front…
It’s hard to know when to stop. I really could have kept adding and covered the whole chair!
But I stuck with just a little here and there…
It isn’t easy to work over these curves with an adhesive stencil, so I added it to the front and then went back once it was dry and added it to the top, matching up the pattern…
It definitely took away the masculine edge it started with!
What do y’all think?
I hope you enjoyed this one! I’m just happy I could save it from the trash!!
Here’s what my friends are rescuing today!
That’s one more from my biggest haul ever complete!
If you missed any so far, you can catch up below:
Don’t forget to check out the ON SALE TAB in my Etsy shop and see what else has been marked down!
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Thursday is my birthday woohoo…another year of life, and I feel SO blessed! With that, I’ll be playing the rest of the week instead of working, but I’ll still be popping into your inbox with this mirror:
Have a great week!
UPDATE: See how I gave this a gorgeous new look HERE now!
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