Hi everyone! Sorry if you you were frustrated trying to open a non-existent blog post on Monday, LOL. It’s all in the details right? I’ve got to start paying a little more attention to those details than I have been. Let’s just call it technical difficulty and leave it at that, shall we? So today I have a fun post involving an abandoned chair seat that I picked up at a garage sale over a year ago for a dollar. I remember the sellers laughing at my excitement over their beat up chair seat. I could hear them thinking, “Why is this crazy lady so thrilled about finding an ugly, paint-spattered chair seat?!!” I think they felt bad about taking my dollar, but as I’m sure you’ll agree, I got the better end of that bargain.
I happened to have the perfect stencil for this project: Milk and Cream made by my friend Angie at Knick of Time. She sent me several of her Vintage Sign Stencils to try out, including this one. I cannot recommend her quality products enough; each stencil is made of thick, sturdy plastic. Angie even sent me one of her giant stencil brushes to test, and it worked like a dream.
Today’s post is part of a new, monthly Thrifty Chicks challenge that I and six other [awesome] DIY bloggers have created. Each month we plan to present a new project based on that month’s theme. This month’s is chairs. Make sure you read all the way to the end of today’s post to find links to these talented ladies’ posts.
Here you see the seat in its pre-stenciled glory–exactly as I found it at the garage sale–all nice and curvy and perfectly spattered up.
It’s got plenty of holes and cracks and dings in it as well.
It could easily be mistaken for an early Jackson Pollock. Right?
Or an impressionistic sunset.
Seriously, it was a pretty cool find–the perfect canvas for the Milk and Cream stencil, which I applied using my new brush and simple, acrylic craft paint. A coat or two of polyurethane (or wax) offers some protection from scratching or chipping once the paint is dry.
Soon it will be available for purchase in my booth at the Gristmill Antique Center (Troy, NY).
It’s certainly a unique sign, and who doesn’t like to have a truly original piece to decorate with?
It even looks good out in the garden, nestled in with the wild geraniums.
I hope you’ll take some time to visit my Thrifty Chicks friends–I promise you won’t be disappointed, and you might even meet some new-to-you vintage, DIY bloggers who you’ll fall in love with. Wouldn’t that be fun?
1. The Interior Frugalista – Playful Scandinavian Half Painted Chairs
2. Little Vintage Cottage – Repurposed Dining Chair
3. Just the Woods – Painting Outdoor Adirondack Chairs with HomeRight Finish Max Extra
4. Thrifty Rebel Vintage – Repurposed Chair to Bird Feeder
5. Shoppe No. 5 – What You Can Make with an Old Chair
6. Adirondack Girl @ Heart – How to Turn an Abandoned Chair Seat into a Farmhouse Sign
7. Lora B’s Create & Ponder – Leg-o-Matic Chair Refresh
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