Monday, February 13, 2017

A Wood Kitchen Chair Is A Blank Canvas!

I'm constantly picking up little wooden chairs.
To me, they're like a blank canvas.
You can take them any direction!
Crazy-funky, plain jane, a place to finally try out that new anchor stencil you got from Mom for Christmas.... :)

If I told you my secret place for getting two dollar chairs, I might have to kill you.
But I have a source.  And only those closest to me know it.
Here's what this one looked like "before.".
Paint splattered and brown - ugh - but sturdy!

I painted it with a home made chalk paint in gray.
(1 Tbls. Plaster of Paris dissolved in 2 Tbls hot water, mixed with a cup of paint)
I used plain ole' white for the anchor on the seat, and tied a blue striped burlap bow on the rungs on the back with some twine.
After distressing the edges with sandpaper, I sealed the whole thing with polycrylic.
Polycrylic, because it doesn't yellow like polyurethane.

Speaking of poly.  I have an amazing thing to share with you!  Did you know if you put your foam brush, full of wet poly in a plastic baggy and STICK IT IN THE REFRIGERATOR it will last a long time????  I would rather scratch my cornea than try to clean polycrylic/polyurethane and I always wrap them tightly in plastic just in case I'll use it again soon.... but whenever "soon" comes, it's always hard as a rock.  BUT THE FRIDGE!  I used it three weeks ago, put it in the fridge and then pulled it out for this chair and it was still fine!!!  I put it back in the fridge.  We'll see how long this can last! :) 

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  1. Lol! It was truly a life changing moment for me when I realized that you could wrap a paintbrush or sponge brush or paint roller in a plastic bag and stick it in the fridge and pull it out a week later.... and it was still nice and soft and totally usable! There are few things that are involved in diy-ing that I dislike more than cleaning painting tools! Did you know that you can also lay a piece of plastic over the paint in your paint tray and put it in the fridge as well? Yep. Sure 'nuff! I've done that with paint trays with the paint roller still in it too!

    Cute chair by the way!

  2. Love the chairs! My husband put his paint brush in the freezer when he was using poly.

  3. I'm just wondering your thoughts on finishing a project using a sealing wax, such as Valspar, vs. the Polycrylic you mentioned you used. Any help is greatly appreciated as I am just starting my journey in DIY projects.


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