Friday, August 14, 2009

The last piece

We're busy packing up the house of Harried Mom of Four in preparation for our beach trip and I wanted to quickly show you Evie's new chair. It's finished! I'm finished! Matt can now have the garage back :)

I picked up this little chair at a local antique shop for $15 on July 4th. It was painted yellow at the time. This picture was taken after I tried sanding the chippy spots & deglossing it. The deglosser (which worked great on other pieces) made the top layer of paint peel up & I didn't want to spend days sanding it so I moved on to a chemical stripper.


I had to apply the stripper and scrape it twice to end up with this result. There was some sort of 'antique' taupe finish on the chair which did NOT come off after 2 coats of stripper, and the top piece of the back was stained red so I opted to paint the chair rather than stain it. We'd already bought the paint (Evie's choice!) so at least that wasn't wasted. To let you know, this chair was originally an antique taupe which was then covered by a thick coat of what I guess was white primer; painted red with gold accents; then apple green, and finally the yellow it was when I found it. I wonder how many people owned it!


And here it is! After I sprayed on grey primer, and brushed on 3 coats of Lowes' Very Berry, Evie has a very girly new chair to go with her desk.


And here it is in its new home. I tell it like it is here at the blog, and this is usually the way Evie's room looks. Crap everywhere. Makes me crazy. Anyway. Now she has a chair to sit on at her desk instead of using the wheely cart with drawers from her closet she's been improvising with.


That's it for me. I apologize for not making the rounds to you all this week, but as you know real life must take priority; I look forward to catching up with everyone after our trip & hope you all have a fantastic week - enjoy these last days of summer before school starts :)

21 comments:

  1. Enjoy your much needed vacation!! The chair looks great!!

    ~Becca

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  2. Great work! And real wood. Rare to find solid wood anymore.

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  3. That is SO.CUTE!!! :) I love it. :)

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  4. Have a great vacation! That chair turned out so cute! She's going to love it. And for the record, all 3 of my kids keep their rooms like that. They'll figure it out someday!

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  5. The chair is adorable. Makes me double think about the 2 children's chairs for $20 that I just turned down! Rats! Have a great trip.

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  6. That is a really, really cute girlie chair! Where do you find the time? If you get some time, stop by my blog. My contest started yesterday - lots of fun giveaways!

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  7. You did a great job on the chair. Yes summer is almost gone for the boys and they are moping around like it is the last days of their lives.

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  8. Your chair looks soo cute. I love it. I'm really into re-purposing things and being Green. I look forward to reading more of your great posts.

    pd i love coffee too.

    http://smellthecoffeelisa.blogspot.com

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  9. Alot of work but it turned out fabulous, love the color..... Great job!

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  10. Great colour! Have fun on your vacation!

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  11. That chair turned out perfectly. Have a great time at the beach!!!!

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  12. Great job! I love that color. I just have one question....will you still be able to play scrabble with me when you are on vaca? :)

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  13. Jen, I am so impressed with all of your projects! The chair turned out great. Have a wonderful vacation, I know you've been looking forward to this trip for awhile.

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  14. Wow, that is one very pink chair! Good job!

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  15. Very cool, love do it yourself jobs , you'll remember them forever !

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  16. I love seeing it in its various stages of improvement and on its journey to its new found home. :) Love the pink.

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  17. What a transformation! So cool!

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  18. That chair is adorable!!! I just love seeing transformations!!! I'm sure she'll love it for a long time!

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