Monday, November 22, 2010

I got chairs

Since the chairs that came with our free pedestal table were not my style, I left them with my mother-in-law and started hunting for a great set of chairs on Craigslist.  After a few dead ends, I finally found my new chairs!  Here is the pic from craigslist:
This dining set had two arm chairs and four side chairs.  Of course, the laminate-topped table was not needed, so I posted it on CL for free.  Talk about a lot of responses!  Anyhow, I got the Queen Anne style chairs outside for a quick spray with some Cover Stain primer - after sanding with 220, of course. 
The seats definitely had to be recovered.  The fabric was pretty gross.
First I removed the seats, and numbered the seat and the chair (it's really dark in the picture)so I knew which ones went where.  Thank goodness I'm not a total idiot, or putting the seats back on would've been hell!
By the time I actually got the primer sprayed on, it was dark out.  And so cold the primer was running and sagging like crazy.  Maybe I am an idiot after all.
I chose to use BM Satin Impervo in Cloud White for the finish coat.   
This paint looks great when dry, but it's kind of hard to work with.  Mainly, it dries super fast during application.  I found myself catching drips just a minute after the fact, and they were already setting up.  Work fast with this paint!
Painting these chairs by hand was a painful experience.  All those curves were mocking me and my paintbrush.  But, the final product was very nice.  I'm very happy with the sheen, the hard finish and the color.  Here they are around an imaginary table, having a chair conference.  I ended up doing three coats just to be sure everything was covered.
The arm chairs are a pain in my ass because one arm is detached, with the screw broken off inside the chair back.  I have no idea how to get it reattached, so I'm concentrating on these four for now.  I also need to figure out how to recover the chair seats with this fabulous 'Key West' fabric in chocolate. 
  
I'm having my mom help me because somehow I doubt Shaun will be a good helper.  I'm envisioning crooked patterns, general whining and other nonsense!
It is going to look great, don't you think? 

25 comments:

  1. WOO HOO Chairs!!!!

    Love your chairs painted. I have a Queen Anne set too and just don't have the guts to paint it.

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  2. very nice! this looks like it was a lot of work but will look great when you are finished!

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  3. ummmm, yes! They are going to look awesome! Nice work.

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  4. They are going to look fantastic! I love the fabric, I recovered a lampshade with that same pattern in yellow.

    I have painted dining chairs so many times now that I have stopped painting them with paint/paintbrush. I now try to do only spraypaint, because the pretty spindles and round legs that I like are such a pain. Spray painting is alot easier, even if you need more cans of paint. (This happened with my desk chairs. I was so sick of painting the things with a paintbrush I put them in the garage for months. When I finally got around to fixing the mess I made by trying to strip the paint off, I went with a spraypaint.)

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  5. They looks so much better white. The fabric is simply stunning. So beautiful.

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  6. these are going to look amazing, i can't wait to see them complete!

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  7. It's going to look great! Love that fabric.

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  8. Much much much better! We redid ours a few months ago too, and there's nothing like fresh paint and upholstery.

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  9. Love them! Your table makes me want to sand and paint the one I have... uh oh haha!

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  10. I love them! Nice find, and that was really nice of you to post the table for free. I would have milked that one, which goes to show that you are a better person than I am.

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  11. Sara those are going to be AMAZING! Can't wait for the finished product.

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  12. I think it's going to look REALLY good! Smart lady to number the chairs, I would have never thought of that!

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  13. Love em'- They're going to look amazing :)

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  14. Um, YES!! I had my doubts when I saw the chairs at first, but I should have learned by now not to doubt your furniture-transforming abilities! I can't wait to see them with that new fabric.

    Chair conference...hahaha

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  15. Love the fabric! Are you planning to keep the curtains? Hope so; those two patterns work perfectly together.

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  16. Gorgeous! These are already becoming such beauties... reminds me of my plan to redo our dining room set once it's decent outside. I LOVE the fabric you chose - where did you find it?

    ~Chelsea

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  17. Great job! They look so much better painted. I can't wait to see the fabic on the seats!

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  18. These chairs are gonna look so great when finished- can't wait to see!

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  19. I really like the fabric you chose. They'll look great.

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  20. Those chairs are fab! and I love the fabric. Can't wait to see the final setup!

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  21. Those are adorable! I am looking for something very similar for my kitchen eating area. Our current chairs are rickety at best! Yours look very solid. Makes me think I want a new table too :)

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Thanks so much for reading....your comments mean a lot to me!
Sara