February 4, 2013

Vintage Chairs......

These 5 beauties came from a great little farm auction last fall….


To say they needed a bit of work is an understatement….


The original idea was to paint them white and add some stenciling or some transfers….

I just did not like the white…..it was just too….too…..white….which is not like me……I LOVE WHITE…

Next step…stare at 2 of the chairs side by side and think…maybe I should just stain and play up their wood detail???and strip the one I just painted???..but a couple REALLY needed paint….

Up next…..play with paint colors…………..
and try some out……


I decided to try some Annie Sloan Country Grey over the white—and really liked the way the white was showing through…It goes well with the style of chair…..sort of looks like a few old  layers of paint showing through……

I also liked the Country Grey with the a bit of the natural wood showing through…



So I decided to wax it and see how it looked…..The left side is waxed—you can see the difference…

LOVE IT!! You can see a bit of the white, the original stain and some of the wood...and it is a bit crackled....... That is all I have to show for now—because by now my weekend was O V E R!!  But now I know the routine and hopefully the next four will not take 3 days to get to this point…in which over 3 days time I used Websters Chalk Paint Additive to the first 2 coats of American Accents Heirloom White followed by a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Ironstone and finished up with ASCP Country Grey…….that’s A LOT of trial and error…..but I think I may have gotten it right in the end…and I may have created a new color—Webster’s American Ironstone Country Grey!
And the finished product--


  1. I think you got it right too Chris... I'd be worried about getting the others to match! good luck! have fun!


    1. Gail--you are correct!! I wrote down the process once I realized i really liked this color and look...we will see how well i do....I will let you know--fingers crossed...

  2. Didn't know you had a knack for naming paint colors, did you!! You're right... it does take a bit of playing around to figure out just what would look best. But you took your time and arrived at just the right thing! Now get cracking at those other chairs, missy!! LOL

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