Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Found and fancied up

There's something about finding a quality piece of furniture on the side of the road, free for the taking, it gives me a rush,and I cannot wait for "giveaway day"; one day every so often dedicated to people putting their unwanted furniture on the curb in hopes that someone will pick them up, and this time, I feel like I hit the wooden chair jackpot!

These beauts were found a little over a year ago, they have been in my basement along with all of my other pending projects, collecting dust.

It was a slow giveaway day; my 12 year old son and I were out bright and early hoping to find some treasure. We found a few small odds and ends but nothing too spectacular, until...our way home!  I spotted these chairs a mile away and couldn't get to them fast enough!  My son jumped out and immediately started loading them into the car, it was like a furniture game of tetris, but we managed.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I knew they couldn't stay the way they were, they had way too much potential.  It wasn't until recently that I finally decided I was going to paint them my favorite color; a shade of Tiffany Blue.

With a soapy damp cloth, I wiped away the dust and cob webs (don't judge me, everyone has cobwebs in their basement...don't they?) gave them a quick sand, then I began painting them with a can of discontinued, Lowes "robin's egg blue" paint that I scored for just $6.00!

After 2 coats of this beautiful bluish green, I brought out my sandpaper again and gave them a rustic look.  Another quick dusting with a dry cloth then I hit them with 2 coats of clear coat.  I supposed I could have waxed them, but honestly, I've never done it and it seems like a lot of work!

I am so happy with the results! I have 2 completed so far.  I swear we found 4 chairs that day, but after several attempts of rummaging through my basement and shed, I am convinced I only have 3, which makes me really sad, but at the same time allows me to find 2 more similar press backs and paint them the same color. In fact...I do have 2 more that I found on a yard sale site for $20 (I know, they weren't free but I HAD to have them to go with these ones! See photo below)

Hope you love them as much as I do!