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(Simple) Chair Renovation: Making a common chair a little more interesting!
(Simple) Chair Renovation: Making a common chair a little more interesting!
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Chair Renovation

 

(Simple) Chair Renovation

Making a common chair a little more interesting!

In September, we ventured to Black Mountain, NC and set up a table to showcase our paintbrushes at the Art Fusion Event. Part of our demo table included an old chair, purchased at a thrift shop, for $15. The (demo) chair sat atop our table and attendees tested Zibra brushes by painting the chair! We brought it back with spots of color, unfinished, so we decided it needed a renovation! Around our house, we call the chair the George Washington chair because the top of the chair design reminds us of the hat our first president wore.  This was a fun project that didn’t require a tremendous amount of time. Creativity developed as we worked on it – check out what we ended up with! Make sure you watch the one-minute video QUICK VIEW as well and then scroll down to see the details – a Zibra Paintbrush GIVEAWAY awaits your entry!

 

The Process . . .

We stripped only the portion of the chair that we wanted to stain. We tried out Goof Off Pro Stripper spray. It sprays out pretty thick and with pressure so if you decide to use this product make sure you have good protection all around the furniture piece and as always wear a filtration mask and eye protection. That goes without saying but is extremely important! The Goof Off worked pretty well on the chair since it has spindle legs but is not highly targeted in nature. We used it outside with plenty of ground cover.

Using pliable sandpaper, steel wool and cloth, we were able to get most of the stain and coatings off.

We finished getting any remaining stain off with the Ryobi Detail Sander. This tool is great for getting in those areas that a pad sander will not fit.

A nice surprise developed when we were sanding the chair back! Great shapes formed so we decided to stain those and paint the rest. This added a nice unique look and it was a (simple) process!

We have been testing a new brush and are liking the results! It’s the Zibra Half-round brush and it works great in smaller areas requiring control. We used it to paint around the stained areas on the chair back.

It didn’t take long to get two coats of chalk paint on the spindle legs and back with the Zibra Round Brush.

We finished off the project with a couple of coats of Minwax Polycrylic Clear Matte finish.

 

HERE IS THE FINAL REVEAL!

 

PAINTBRUSH GIVEAWAY!!

We are giving away a Zibra Paintbrush Detail Kit shown below. Kit contains a Zibra Triangle, Square, Round, and Fan plus it comes in a burlap bag! COMMENT AND SHARE TO BE ENTERED. Leave a comment and tell us where you shared the blog post. All those that comment and share will be entered into the random drawing. Contest closes Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at Noon EST. The winner will be announced below the kit photo Wednesday, Nov. 22!

CONGRATULATIONS TO JENNI SORENSEN,

WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY!

If you like the result, provide some inspiration for your friends! Consider sharing on your social media venues!

97 Comments
  • Mechele Rose
    Posted at 09:41h, 16 November Reply

    Beautiful chair makeover, love the contrast of the wood and paint. Sharing to my Facebook page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:44h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Mechele, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Cindy Sircy
    Posted at 09:55h, 16 November Reply

    Absolutely love the finished chair! I’m going to try this on some chairs I have that are currently painted. Sharing with my friends!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:29h, 17 November Reply

      Thanks Cindy! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Yolanda Acevedo
    Posted at 10:20h, 16 November Reply

    Amazing ? job!
    I have an antique sitting in my entry way for the longest with many spindles…these brushes would definitely make the job easier and very effective, not to mention that the bench will be a knockout in the end!

    Thank you ? for the opportunity to participate of your giveaway!

    Blessings,
    Yolanda

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:30h, 17 November Reply

      Thank you Yolanda! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Andrea Coppock
    Posted at 10:32h, 16 November Reply

    Absolutely love the detail and contrast of the chair makeover. Shared on my facebook page. Thank you!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:36h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Andrea! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Pamela Brazier
    Posted at 10:41h, 16 November Reply

    I love the contrast of stain and paint. I have two of the Zibra brushes and love them. I have shared on my FB and Pintrest. Thanks

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:33h, 17 November Reply

      Thank you Pamela! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Kimberly Benton
    Posted at 10:55h, 16 November Reply

    I’ve been wanting to get my hands on these brushes since the beginning! Shared on Facebook! ???

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:35h, 17 November Reply

      Thanks Kimberly! We hope you can try them soon, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Staci Richard
    Posted at 11:00h, 16 November Reply

    Beautiful job! Love how the gray & the wood look together. Such a nice way of toning down all the wood in a room. I can’t wait to start an armoire I’ve been waiting to do. I better get some Zibra brushes to make it easier. ☺ I’ve never done furniture before!

    Shared on Facebook.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:13h, 16 November Reply

      You will have lots of fun Staci and it’s very rewarding! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Linda Petteys
    Posted at 11:14h, 16 November Reply

    what a great idea for chairs! I love it! I am sharing on pinterest since I’m saving this post for future reference! thank you.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:29h, 16 November Reply

      Wow, that’s great Linda, thanks! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Kaycee F
    Posted at 11:18h, 16 November Reply

    What a unique and awesome chair transformation! I really love the result, well done! Sharing this post on my FB page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:35h, 17 November Reply

      Thanks Kaycee, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Melissa F.
    Posted at 11:36h, 16 November Reply

    Great Job on the chair. I have one at home I need to do and am hoping to get to it during the holidays. Share the post on my FB page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:00h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Melissa! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Nancy Burgess
    Posted at 11:51h, 16 November Reply

    Beautiful makeover. I love how you did the back of the chair where it’s a combination of paint and stain.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:38h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Nancy, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Sandra Scott
    Posted at 12:32h, 16 November Reply

    Beautiful! Sharing on FB and pinterest. I love it! And these brushes are amazing!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:38h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Sandra! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Michelle Krutz
    Posted at 13:14h, 16 November Reply

    JUst LOVE to see a quality brush in action. Like poetry in motion.
    Happily shared this to my Facebook timeline.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 13:59h, 16 November Reply

      Love that comment Michelle! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Dorothy Russell
    Posted at 13:44h, 16 November Reply

    Beautiful! Sharing to my Facebook page!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 13:59h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Dorothy! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Cindy Downing
    Posted at 14:05h, 16 November Reply

    Love this…shared on Facebook

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:07h, 17 November Reply

      Thanks Cindy! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Margaret Waters​​
    Posted at 14:25h, 16 November Reply

    I normally stick to just refinishing the wood, but this project has inspired me too consider paint on a couple of chairs I have in storage. Thanks!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:37h, 16 November Reply

      Let us know if you try it Margaret!

  • Tawnya Roybal
    Posted at 15:13h, 16 November Reply

    I love 2 toned furniture. Never thought about doing it with chairs. Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial. I’ll be sharing this on Pinterest!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 15:57h, 16 November Reply

      Let us know if you try it as well Tawnya! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Brenda Jamieson
    Posted at 15:37h, 16 November Reply

    Love your stuff, demos help tremendously. Shared to my personal page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 15:58h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Brenda! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Jen Sorensen
    Posted at 15:54h, 16 November Reply

    I love this chair makeover. I love the look of paint and stain especially with darker stain. I shared this on Facebook:)

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 17:18h, 16 November Reply

      So glad you like it Jen! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Brandi Kilpatrick
    Posted at 16:02h, 16 November Reply

    I love it! Thanks for some chair inspiration! I shared it on Facebook.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:13h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Brandi! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Michele Branham
    Posted at 16:07h, 16 November Reply

    Beautiful makeover! Sharing on FB.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 17:18h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Michele, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • SONJA HANSEN
    Posted at 17:42h, 16 November Reply

    Thar is one sweet chair. I posted on Pinterest so I can go back and study.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:40h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Sonja! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Nellie ann
    Posted at 17:52h, 16 November Reply

    Love these brushes. Shared on facebook.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:40h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Nellie Ann! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Debra Martinson
    Posted at 18:27h, 16 November Reply

    What a beautiful chair ! Wonderful detail.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:41h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Debra! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Debra Martinson
    Posted at 18:29h, 16 November Reply

    I shared this on facebook!

  • Lezlie adams
    Posted at 19:06h, 16 November Reply

    Beautiful job! Sharing to my Facebook page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:07h, 17 November Reply

      Thanks Lezlie! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Lisa Wilson
    Posted at 19:26h, 16 November Reply

    Beautiful chair! Shared on Facebook

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:41h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Lisa! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Tammy Cooke
    Posted at 19:30h, 16 November Reply

    Shared with friends on Facebook…luv these brushes!!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:41h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Tammy! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Elaine Herron
    Posted at 19:55h, 16 November Reply

    Great makeover! It looks like the round brush makes such an easy job of painting the spindles! Shared on Facebook.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:06h, 17 November Reply

      Thanks Elaine! Yea, the round brush was great for this project! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Claire Cerrigione
    Posted at 19:57h, 16 November Reply

    The transformation was amazing! Though grey is not in my color palette, it looked so nice against the wood grain. Nice enough for me to go WOW!

    Sharing to my Facebook page

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:42h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Claire for your kind words! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Corry heinricks
    Posted at 20:40h, 16 November Reply

    Beautiful makeover…..sharing to my fb page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:42h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks Corry! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • alicia h
    Posted at 09:48h, 17 November Reply

    Hello! Love how the chair turned out! I shared to my twitter account.
    Thanks for the giveaway! <3

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:25h, 17 November Reply

      Thanks Alicia, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • alicia h
    Posted at 09:56h, 17 November Reply

    Also shared to my fb art supply giveaway page!

  • Lee Oliverio
    Posted at 10:24h, 17 November Reply

    I love the chair! The two toned look is beautiful! I’m sharing this on my Pinterest board Paint and Prettify.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:03h, 17 November Reply

      Thanks Lee, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Shawn Martin
    Posted at 10:42h, 17 November Reply

    I love how you were able to start with an idea and make changes along the way to highlight this chairs unique design and wood grain. Lovely, lovely finished product on the George Washington chair. ???? I shared this blog post in my Facebook page. Thank you for the instructions and the give away. – Shawn Martin

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:22h, 17 November Reply

      Very kind of you Shawn, thanks! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Denise Melendez
    Posted at 13:03h, 17 November Reply

    Love this chair❤ love to see different takes on things. Liked and shared

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:19h, 17 November Reply

      Thanks Denise! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Lisa Woodcock Garvin
    Posted at 16:32h, 17 November Reply

    I LOVE THE CHAIR! ADORABLE! I JUST STARTED REDOING THRIFT STORE BARGAIN FURNITURE AND EVEN SOME OF MY OWN FURNITURE NEEDING SOME TLC 🙂 SO FAR I LOVE IT! I HAVE BRUSHES BUT NOTHING LIKE YOUR BRUSHES?? THEY LOOK AMAZING AND ALSO SEEM TO PAINT OR THE PAINT LOOK SO MUCH BETTER 🙂 I HOPE I GET TO TRY ONE!! 🙂

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 17:10h, 17 November Reply

      Thanks Lisa, we hope you can try them soon! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Sandra Dicicoo
    Posted at 18:27h, 17 November Reply

    Awesome job. Love the natural wood look. Thanks for the chance to win!? liked and shared on Facebook

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:03h, 20 November Reply

      Thanks Sandra! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Bernice McGhee
    Posted at 19:55h, 18 November Reply

    Would love to win these!!! Shared on my Facebook page
    Thank you

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:03h, 20 November Reply

      Thanks for entering the giveaway Bernice!

  • Michelle Smith
    Posted at 02:24h, 19 November Reply

    So glad I came across your ad on Facebook! The chair is amazing and I will be looking into purchasing your brushes in the future, however winning some would be nice as well! Shared and pinned!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:04h, 20 November Reply

      We are glad you found us too Michelle! We hope you can try out brushes soon, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Jessica | Petal + Ply
    Posted at 07:39h, 19 November Reply

    Such a cute little chair redo! Sharing on Pinterest.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:04h, 20 November Reply

      Thanks Jessica! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Deborah Henson
    Posted at 15:23h, 19 November Reply

    I love these colors together and I love Zibra brushes! I have a couple of them and treat them like my babies?

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:04h, 20 November Reply

      Thanks Deborah, you are entered in the giveaway!

  • Nancy Kunitake @vivandviolets
    Posted at 15:26h, 19 November Reply

    Beautiful transformation! The detail brushes look like the right tool for the job!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:05h, 20 November Reply

      Thanks Nancy! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Sheri Hayden
    Posted at 22:00h, 19 November Reply

    Love the chair makeover. Unique and crisp! Just stumbled across your blog today. I’m very glad I did. ?

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:05h, 20 November Reply

      Thank you Sheri! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Debbie Schultz
    Posted at 23:36h, 19 November Reply

    Perfect timing! I have a chair I want to liven up!!! Thanks! Sharing on Facebook! Paint on!!!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:06h, 20 November Reply

      Thanks Debbie, let us know how it turns out! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Susie Cantrell
    Posted at 16:16h, 20 November Reply

    Hi!
    I love this chair renovation!
    The wood is rich & gorgeous and the paint color & design takes it up to a new level!!
    Glad to connect on IG & look forward to seeing more.
    The brushes look unique and well suited for stain & paint alike on all types of WoodArt projects. I wonder how they would work for Acrylic Paintings as well.
    Blessings on your business.
    Susie 🙂

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:30h, 21 November Reply

      Thanks Susie, very kind words and we really appreciate it! Our brushes should work great with all paints and stains. You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Susie Cantrell
    Posted at 16:31h, 20 November Reply

    Hi again… 😉 I shared on Facebook & Twitter.
    Have a JOYfull Day! 🙂

  • Missy
    Posted at 08:03h, 21 November Reply

    I love what paint can do to liven up a forgotten piece! I’ve been dying to try out these brushes after hearing so many good things from my paint friends. Pinning on Pinterest!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:31h, 21 November Reply

      Thanks Missy, we hope you can try out our brushes soon! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Joyce Aijala
    Posted at 18:56h, 17 March Reply

    I thought paint was the most forgiving of my limited skills, but as I learn sanding, I love wood and any new color of stain, anything but the shades of orange I find under paint. This chair calls to me, Living wood and dignified paint.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:43h, 22 March Reply

      Thanks for sharing Joyce!

  • TurnCurvy
    Posted at 04:58h, 19 September Reply

    Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog
    loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:09h, 20 September Reply

      Thanks for letting us know, it will somewhat depend on your internet speed. This is the first time we have heard of this, you may want to try reloading at another time. We hope you can see the feature soon!

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