I did some serious garbage picking for these chairs. While I was out on an early morning run I came across these beauties in a pile of garbage in front of an apartment building. I ran home to get my truck and drove back holding my breath that they would still be there. And of course they were because who else is pulling chairs out of the garbage at 6:00 a.m.?
Structurally they are really well built chairs and in really great shape. They didn’t require any repairs. However, they must have been left out in the rain at some point or left out on an apartment balcony because they did require a lot of sanding. They were really rough and needed to be completely sanded which took a lot of work on my part. I used an electric sander which made it a bit easier and a lot more fun.
Once sanded to a smooth surface, the wood wasn’t in good enough shape to leave them natural wood, which would have been my preference. I decided to paint them white, which in contrast to Scott’s (my husband) opinion is not a colour, but I think that it is. The debate on this one still continues . . .
My favourite paint for furniture, by far, is Para’s Cabinet & Furniture Paint which has a melamine finish and is 100% acrylic latex enamel. I like to spray paint chairs using my air compressor and paint sprayer since painting chairs by hand is too much work. This paint sprays beautifully from the sprayer, its just the right consistency and not too thick. It levels nicely and the colour selection from Para paints is limitless. Sarah Richardson, one of my favourite Canadian designers, has a collection of Para Paint colours so I choose one of her whites called Snow Fall.
I decided to leave the tips of the dining chair legs bare wood to give them an interesting design feature. I used painter’s tape to tape off the bottom section of each leg, making sure to tape off the exact same length on each.
I use a furniture trolley as my paint spray paint station to make it easier to rotate the chairs around during the painting process. You have to make sure to spray from every angle to ensure adequate coverage.
I reupholstered the chair seats in an amazing blue and white Ikat home decor weight fabric that I ordered from Tonic Living. I have an upholstery stapler attachment for my air compressor which makes this part of the design a lot less labour intensive than using a hand stapler, but not necessary.
I had every intention of selling these chairs but once they were complete and I placed them at my dining table I decided I couldn’t part with them. And that is where they still are, at the two heads of our family dining table, where we use them everyday. I didn’t spray them with Polycrylic because I wanted to test the durability of the Para furniture paint which claims to have ultimate surface procession and durability. And it does, without a doubt they take the wear and tear of a family of five on a daily basis. The paint is mar proof and does have exceptional stain resistance. I simply wipe them down and they look good as new. Or should I say good as new again.
This is not a sponsored post. I just really like Para’s Furniture paint and definitely recommend it.