before and after

Finished Funky Chair


Just 2 short weeks ago I shared my plans to turn a give-away chair into a "funky" master piece. I had a vision, but knew I tend to procrastinate on these types of projects. I decided if I announced my intentions here, I'd feel compelled to complete the project in a timely fashion. And, tah dah, it worked! Tim and I got it done.

I suspect this is going to be a chair that you are either going to love or hate! Don't think you can go middle ground on this one! Yes, it is wild and crazy. Yes, it is funky. And, yes, it is different than anything else I have in the house, BUT I LOVE IT!

Last week I shared our Getting Started. We took off the seat, cleaned the chair, filled holes, and sanded. We then primed the wood, getting it ready for painting. Then, the HARD part... reupholstering the chair. Yikes! THAT was a project. You can read more about that HERE.

This week, I painted the chair. I began by painting 2 coats of the red. Then, basically, I treated each surface like it was its own canvas, and just had fun! Here are some close-ups.

I started by painting the 3 back slates. On the top slate I painted blue stripes, with green dots on the blue stripes. Anywhere you see the small dots, I made them by dipping the wooden end of my paintbrush in paint, and making small dabs. I put more paint on the brush after each dab. I call these my "dotted Swiss" after the fabric of the same name.

In the middle slate, I lightly drew circles, than used green paint to fill in the circle, leaving the center open. I used blue paint to partially outline the circles, then add a yellow dot to the center of each circle, and then adding dots in a random fashion around the circles.

For the bottom slate, I started by painting a yellow circle in the middle, adding diagonal blue lines, with a blue dot in the center of each diamond that was created. I then added the large blue swirl and the 2 little green swirls. I finished by adding green dots around the circle and 2 blue swirls, and blue dots around the green swirls.

Next, I painted assorted blue swirls on the front apron. I painted yellow dots at the tip of the swirls and in the centers of the figure eight. I also painted 3 green dots on the swirls.

I then painted the 2 horizontal bars blue. (The back bar is not visible in this photo.) I then made green dots on the blue.

On 3 sides of the front legs, I painted striped "socks" on them. I added green dots to the yellow stripes and yellow squiggles to the green stripes.

For the front upper posts, I painted yellow waves, and placed blue dots between the waves. For the side posted, I stamped yellow circles using a cork.

Finally, on the side and back aprons (side aprons not pictured), and the back slates, I added blue dots.

And there you have it. The paint job IS NOT perfect... but it does not need to be. If you are painting your own "funky furniture", just look for designs you like, and incorporate them into your project.

After the chair was dried, we applied 2 coats of a sealer. Finally, we screwed the seat on, and our funky chair is now ready to be used and enjoyed.

So, here it is... side by side... the before and after. How fun :) I've learned a lot, and you can be sure I'll be doing more of this. As a matter of fact, when Fairy was over yesterday, she asked me if I'll make another one for them. You can be sure I will :)

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