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I consider this project garage sale redemption for the my first ever garage sale which was pathetic. My mom took all the stuff that did not sell at my garage sale and hosted a second garage sale at her house. She lives in a much better area with lots of traffic. The sale went well and I scored a few things for myself.
I think everyone in the family was probably surprised at my attraction to this old chair my mom was selling. It is not my style at all! But, thanks to this Pinterest inspiration, I knew it had great potential. For $15 I could not pass it up. The perfect office chair for my studio was right in front of me waiting to be created.
This is one of several projects that inspired me to finally try Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP). I stocked up with a little arsenal of ASCP, which I ordered from Perfectly Imperfect Chalk Paint Shop. Prior to this dresser transformation appearing on Centsational Girl, I thought ASCP was only for distressed furniture looks. Turns out that is just the most popular use, but it is great for any furniture project and does not have to be distressed.
To create my dipped office chair, I chose Provence…a beautiful turquoise blue. I decided to leave the chair base in the original wood finish and paint from the seat up. The ASCP paint went on so easily without priming or sanding…perfect for all the spindles on this chair. I was a bit unsure after the first coat (shown below), because the coverage was not solid. This would have been a good stopping point if I wanted to distress the chair. Instead, I did a second coat to even out the color and get full coverage.
The ASCP dries to a matte, velvet- like finish. Most of the brush strokes even out when the paint dries. The flat finish was great for disguising dents and scratches on this old chair. I liked the matte finish, but since this would be my office chair I wanted to make sure the finish was super durable.
I used AS soft wax to wax the chair. I applied a thin layer of wax, waited 24 hours, applied another thin layer of wax, then waited overnight before buffing the wax. It only takes a tiny amount of wax and you have to be sure to work it in, then rub off any excess wax. I waited to buff until after both coats of wax were applied. To buff I used a white t-shirt cloth and rubbed the chair in small circular motions. The trickiest part was buffing all the spindles, where I used small circular motions with two fingers wrapped in the cloth.
The finished chair has a soft luster from the wax and is smooth to the touch. For good measure and to bring it back to life, I waxed and buffed the wood base as well. I love the dark wood and turquoise together.
This chair will be right at home in my new studio. Imagine this curvy lady pulled up to a zebra wood desktop floating on trestle legs. I don’t have to imagine it, because I am sitting there right now. As soon as I get the rest of the room in shape, I will share the desk and more studio projects. Even in a half-done, doesn’t-have-flooring-yet state, the studio is fast becoming my favorite place in the house.