Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Furniture Re-do



My Fall furniture re-do
last year was working on my dining room chairs.
I had thought about refinishing them for several years
having grown tired of them being brown.
They were quite pretty as they were, but
I was tired of them,
so I knocked out four in one weekend!
:)




First, sanding with 60 grit sandpaper.
I know ~ really, really rough.
It took off the varnish really fast and I was careful
not
to knock down any of the carvings.
As pieces of sandpaper wore down on the legs and seat,
I would use the still good parts, folded
to get into the grooves of the 
chair carvings and around the little flower parts.


On the caning, I just lightly sanded the fronts and backsides.
The caning was already worn from 
years of use, so I was pretty sure it would take the paint
really easily.
It did.
:)


Tip:  When you refinish your furniture, you may want to go over
your piece with a much finer grain sandpaper after 
the first coarser sanding to close your wood grain 
before painting.

Just did a light dry-brushing so some of the grain and dark would show through.
:)


didn't do that as my hands gave out...
But, I am pretty happy with the results!
Now these chairs have a kind of 
chalk paint-feel to them!
:)

Really loving how they turned out! 
I just dry-brushed the 
white paint onto the chair, 
lightly going over the carved parts.
Now, this fall to finish the other two.
;)

Here are the chairs in our dining room at one of my teas this past winter
(a mini preview of Christmas-time!!!)


Happy decorating and redoing around your home!
Blessings to you,
Barb :)

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