Have you ever had something that’s been waiting for its makeover for what seems like forever?
Something that you just stopped noticing… even though you walk past it umpteen times every single day, and you actually even sit on it to put on your shoes and to take them off?
At some point you stopped seeing it, and then you stopped thinking about it, and then slowly you stopped loving it… without even realizing it.
It just became another ho hum piece of forgotten furniture, sadly sitting there doing its job… and nothing more.
That was this old chair to a tee.
I found it at an auction years ago, at least 20 but maybe more. You know how the time goes. I fell in love with it and brought it home for $10.
I’ve been a polka dot girl for as long as I can remember, and when I saw this chair I had to have it. I’ve always called it my polka dot chair.
It had some age issues, but that made me love it even more. It was definitely hand made by someone who took great care and time to drill in all those holes to make such a pretty pattern on the back….
… and on the seat.
When I brought it home all those years ago the plan was to give it a makeover to bring out the holey polka dot patterns. Unless the light is hitting the chair just right those lovely patterns really get lost in all that dark wood.
Well, somehow the makeover plan got lost in that dark wood too, and it just never happened.
And now it’s time to finally get this old wooden chair makeover done. Time to happify it with some spray paint love.
Doesn’t every piece of old un-loved furniture deserve to be loved again? I certainly think so.
Spray paint is such an easy way to give almost anything a quick makeover.
I took the chair outside on a relatively calm day and gave it three light coats of white spray paint. And then I gave the same treatment to the second chair.
Yep, there are two of these awesome chairs!!!
And the funny thing is I never saw chairs like this before I found them and I’ve never seen any since. Makes me doubly glad I brought them home when I did.
Each chair took the paint in its own way because the dark tones of their finish differed slightly from the other.
And when you look closely you can see that the holey patterns are not exactly the same. There’s just enough difference to be able to say that they’re not identical twins.
Here are a few before and afters.
Even this colour loving gal loves white when it comes to making details pop. Originally the white was just going to be the undercoat.
I had plans of using about seven different colours on these chairs in a funky kind of way, but when the white was done that was it.
Sometimes a piece will tell you when it’s right.
For me the holey patterns and the tacks are the stars of the show here, and I don’t want anything to compete with that.
This was a very easy makeover. I didn’t sand, I didn’t fill holes, I didn’t do any cosmetic repairs.
There are people out there who are beating up furniture to make it look old. So whenever I find something that already has the dents and dings of history I’m all about keeping those lovely signs of age.
I just gave the chairs a little pick me up, and now I’ve totally fallen in love with them again.
This one chair has a new life sitting beside my china cabinet in my aqua and red kitchen. You’ll see the other chair when I share my final kitchen reveal. I think both chairs are much happier now.
Sometimes makeovers don’t have to be over complicated. There are times when simple is best.
Wait, did I just say that? lol.
Yep, that was me… even I sometimes know when to say when.
So if you have something in your house that you’ve stopped noticing, maybe it could use a little spray paint love with whatever colour works for your home decor. Whether or not you’ve had it forever it’s a great way to give it a new life.
You might just fall in love again too. 🙂
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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