March 15, 2013

Pressback Chair Revamp


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These pressback chairs were in need of some updating, said a friend of mine, who asked me if I could work some magic on her set. She gave me a gallon of antique white enamel paint and a bunch of creative freedom. Here I will show you the process as well as some helpful tips and shortcuts I figured out along the way:

Materials: 
-antique white enamel acrylic paint (I used self-priming Behr paint). 
-black wood stain (I used Minwax in Onyx) 
-sanding sponge
-paint brushes in different sizes
-soft cloths
-cotton balls or cotton pads
-protective gloves

First, I prepped the chairs for painting by lightly sanding each chair with a sanding sponge (much easier on the hands than regular sandpaper)

Then, I wiped off the dust with a soft cloth.



I gave the chairs two coats of paint, allowing each layer to dry a few hours. The first two chairs I painted only with a brush. Then, I figured out a shortcut that cut the painting time in half: Use a small paint roller to apply the paint in one section, then immediately brush over it with the paint brush, to leave nice brush lines.


 After painting the chairs and some Pinterest research, I decided to antique the chairs using black wood stain. 

 For the antiquing, I rubbed the black wood stain over the grooves in the wood in small sections and immediately rubbed the chair down, leaving the stain in the grooves only. For the first chair, I tried using a soft cloth-which resulted in a drippy mess. I tried using a cosmetic cotton round and which worked so much better. It also helped to wrap plastic over the parts of the chair I wasn't staining. 






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Here are the finished chairs in my friend's dining room with the matching table painted and stained in the same colors. I think they look so elegant and bring lots of fresh style to her home-dare I say Pottery Barn style?



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16 comments:

  1. Wow - those chairs look great! They're so updated and modern. Thanks for sharing, I found your blog at Tatertots and Jello, and I'm following you on Twitter now. Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

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    1. Thanks, Meghan, I am so proud of them. Thanks for your kind words and follow!

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  2. What a charming makeover! Really updated the look. I've seen lots of these chairs at garage sales and might have to consider picking up a few! Very pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanette! It was fun to see the updated transformation too! Gotta love how paint can do wonders!

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  3. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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    1. Thank you for the follow! I will check out your site too!

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  4. Wow! What a big diffrence! That came out great.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! So glad you like them!

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  5. Turned out great! I love furniture makeovers :) Now following you on Bloglovin & GFC. Have a great day!

    Shandy @ Aprons 'n Pearls

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    1. Thanks so much! I followed you back too! See you around!

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  6. Pressbacks are probably my favorite style of chair, but I rarely come across them. I love what you did with them, and they look beautiful with that table!

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! I am really proud of the chairs too, these were found at a garage sale!

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  7. visiting from frugal friday.
    those chairs turned out fabulous and they go so well with the table.
    i love how you used black stain for antiquing. actually never thought of using black stain. pure Genius!
    rita

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    1. Thanks, Rita! I think the black stain makes them look like ivory. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Tres chic! Such a better look and such a great update. Thanks for sharing.
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  9. I have two blogs and I am having issues with it signing back into Traveling Door. Just wanted to say that this was BeColorful commenting on your blog and to say thank you for linking up your great project this week.
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