Ever since buying and painting our dining chairs from our local antique centre, we’ve been on the look out for more. But – we’ve not been looking for just any chairs, we’ve been looking for 4 more that are exactly the same as the ones we have.
Yes, this was probably an impossible – or at very least very optimistic – task and let’s face it, finding four old chairs that match the other old chairs that you already have doesn’t sound too promising, but we’ve done it!
Amazing, right?! We’d been carrying around pictures and measurements of the chairs we already owned for such a long time and having seen sooo many that were similar, but just not quite the same, I’d pretty much given up hope on finding ones that matched. It just goes to show that persistence does pay off.
Bizarrely, we actually found a set of 4 matching chairs a few months ago at another antique place, but the guy wanted way too much money for the set and didn’t seem too excited about selling them as he said they came with a matching table (it obviously didn’t, as the style and even the type of wood were different).
We’re still not fans of shabby-chic, but can happily report that our existing four chairs that we painted over a year ago are still holding up really well and have no chips or marks, so we had no worries about painting and varnishing these ones, too.
We used the same method to paint these chairs as we did for the four that are already finished. Essentially it’s – cleaning, sanding, cleaning, painting, sanding, cleaning, painting, sanding, cleaning, varnishing, but if you’d like to read more about the details of how we painted our other chairs, you can check it out here.
As before, we varnished our chairs with some that we had left over from when we sanded and varnished our floor. It may seem a bit weird to use floor varnish on furniture, but we wanted to make sure that it’s a super hard wearing finish and weren’t worried about any chemicals in it – it’s not like we’re going to be licking the chairs after all!
We’re really happy with how all of the chairs turned out and now that we finally have a full set of 8 we could finally get rid of our old Ikea dining chairs which had definitely seen better days.
Essentially we got 8 new chairs for £160 (+the price of a few colour tester pots and a bit of varnish). I’m pretty sure you’d never be able to pick up new solid beech chairs for that. We also love that it make our home more individual and less “Ikea catalogue”.
If you’re wondering where the other chairs are (there are only 5 at the table), the yellow one is currently in our office and the pink one is in our guest bedroom.
Yep, that still leaves one chair and you’re right – we’ve only painted 3 of the four new chairs so far. The first set we painted last year are yellow, pink, turquoise and green.
The 3 finished new ones are orange, purple and red. So, I’m sure you’re asking yourself what’s with the last chair, right?! Well, we couldn’t make up our minds so we thought we’d let you decide! Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you think!
Have you ever been lucky with a purchase or second hand find? Do you like the shabby-chic style? Do you believe in painting furniture? What colour do you think we should paint the last chair?