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Now that I have a grandson able to sit in a children's chair, I thought it was time for me to do some refinishing.  Normally I'm a one shade, color within the lines type of gal, but after seeing all the really cool things my friend Shelly does over at Shizzle I decided to step out of my box and try something new.  I did all the work, but Shelly talked me through it, giving me what I think are pretty cool results!

I've had this little Adirondack chair for as long as I can remember.  My grandfather made it for me, and he passed away when I was six years old so it's something I treasure.  It's nice and sturdy but a little worse for wear.  I think a nice spruce-up is just what the doctor ordered!

Shelly always uses CeCe Caldwell's paints, and since she's the expert, I followed suit.  I started by covering the entire chair in a layer of "Blue Montana Sky."  Just one coat covered the original redwood color well.  You can see from the photo the paint dried quite a bit lighter than it went on wet. 

Next, I used a chipper brush with next to no paint on it and put some strokes of Spring Hill Green here and there.  I started practicing on the under side so by the time I got to the surface that's visible I kind of knew what I was doing. 

It was still missing something so Shelly suggested doing the same thing with Simply White.  To be honest, I had my doubts, but that was exactly what the chair needed.  The white really brightened up the paint job.

To give it a bit of an aged look, I took a wet rag and rubbed off some of the paint along the edges of the top, arms and seat.

Shelly usually uses a wax to finish off her furniture, but since my chair will be outdoors she suggested a satin polyurethane finish.  I put it on with this flat sponge from the dollar store.  That worked pretty well except for in the cracks, so I found a small artist's brush for them. 

In my opinion, it turned out pretty good for a first try, and I'm pretty particular :)

although I think it looks even better with an occupant!

If I can do it, anyone can!  If you want to see how a professional does it, check out Shelly's work at Shizzle.  She is amazing!

A Glimpse Inside

3 Responses so far.

  1. Oddyssey says:

    Very cool chair! Love the paint job, it really came out nice! I agree, it definitely looks even better with the very adorable occupant! :o)

  2. I think it came out really great, and I love the story behind it. I think it's awesome you still have it for your grandkids and it only needs a little paint.

    hi from mk's

  3. Very, very cool. I love that this was something you passed down to your grandchild, and is something that can be changed/treasured through the years.

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