We’re always on the lookout for new furniture and home accessories. Round here most spare cash tends to be spent on home improvement projects, so you can imagine how happy we were when we managed to find these lovely chairs during one of our regular browsing sessions at our local antique centre.
Now admittedly the slightly yellowish colour of the beech chairs is not quite to our taste, but that doesn’t matter too much, as we’re painting them.
The first step before painting any old furniture is always to give it a good clean. The furniture will have been waxed or polished at some point, which will resist the paint if you don’t clean and remove it first. We love to use sugar soap for this step. It really removes all of the grime and leave a piece of furniture that’s ready to start working on.
As our chairs were varnished, the next step before painting was to give them a sand. We didn’t remove all of the varnish, we just gave everything a light rub with 240 grit sandpaper. Basically, you’re making a load of little scratches that the paint will settle into and grip hold of.
Then, after a quick wipe down to remove any dust from sanding, we could start on the fun part – painting. If you prime it, it should really give you a more durable finish, but being rebels as usual, we skipped the step.
We probably ended up applying about four or five really thin coats of paint. I hate seeing brush marks and much prefer a smooth and sleek finish. Applying lots of coats of paint really helps minimise any problems.
To seal the paint and make the finish more durable (remember, we didn’t prime the chairs), we then applied a few coats of varnish. The varnish also added a really nice soft sheen.
That was pretty much it – now we have four fancy new chairs.
We only have four chairs so far and are on the lookout for 4 more. I’m sure we’ll find four more colours for those chairs, too.
Now I know a lot of people out there are fans of chalk paint, but we admittedly really don’t get it. Although we had to sand the chairs before painting them, it still worked out a lot quicker than our previous chalk painting experience. The finish is also a lot smoother and more professional looking than we’ve been able to achieve with chalk paint.
If you like the shabby-chic look, chalk paint would probably be good, but we’re really not fans of that particular style. For us, it usually just looks messy and more shabby than chic.
They add a bit of fun and character to the room. We’re planning on keeping the rest of the room fairly neutral with white walls, so we feel that we can get away with the colourful chairs.
PS. For any of you wondering, the paint we used is by Habitat (available at Homebase) in Kingfisher, Hibiscus, Leaf and Banana.
Do have painted furniture in your home? Do you think we’ve added a bit too much colour to the room? Do you like chalk paint or, like us, do you find it overrated?