I’m always on the hunt for upcycling ideas! I love the thought of completely transforming something that’s looking a little bit jaded and giving it a new lease of life.
So when my parents mentioned that they had a rather tired looking chair sitting lonely and unloved in their garage, I was more than happy to re-home it. I bought it home and then I have to confess it has sat in my own garage lonely and unloved for several months.
Finally the chair has had a little makeover and what a transformation it is! Have a sneak peak:
So here’s how I did it…
Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover
You will need:
- Old chair (mine was free but I saw a similar one in a charity shop for just £8)
- Chalk paint (I used Rust-oleum chalk paint in Anthracite* and Coral*)
- Painters tape or masking tape (I used frog tape*)
- Gold paint (I used DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Glorious Gold*)
- Paint brushes (one medium thickness and one for finer details)
1# Clean the chair, I used sugar soap spray as I has some left over from decorating, but water and a cloth will work just as well.
Apply chalk paint all over the chair and allow to dry. I love the fact that there is virtually zero prep required for chalk paint (no sanding required). If required paint a second coat. As the chair I painted had a very lacquered finish I was worried about whether the chalk paint would cover it. I needn’t have – after just two coats, the coverage was perfect.
2# Once the chair has dried completely, it’s time to start on the detail work. Depending on how steady your hand is you could free hand the painting. Alternatively, you could use frog tap to ensure you get a straight line. I actually found it easier without.
Get creative with the pattern! I think the chair would look fantastic with the centre spokes painted too. I was sorely tempted to do this, but I didn’t want to go overboard. My advice is to keep stepping back, as you add detail and be critical.
3# Now for the legs. Ah those dip dyed legs, how I love them! Turn the chair upside down and measure an equal distance on all the legs, apply the painters tape around. You may need to stretch the tape a little around the curve of the legs and ensure that there are no gaps.
Paint the legs with the metallic paint, it took two coats using the paint mentioned above. Wait for the paint to dry and carefully remove the painters tape.
I’m super pleased with how it turned out. The colour combination of grey, blush and gold is just so pretty! I really love traditional design with a modern twist, so unsurprisingly this chair makes me very happy indeed.
I definitely recommend giving the rust-oleum chalk paint a try. I’ve used it on multiple projects now and it’s so lovely to paint with and gives a great finish. This isn’t a sponsored post by the way, I just really like the stuff! I’m already looking around for what to paint next, nothing is safe!
Go on take a look, you know you want to!
Don’t forget to leave me a comment below – let me know what you think of my painted chair and your upcycling ideas too!
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