Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dinning Room Chair Update

Hi ... I thought I would share with you the progress on my dining room chairs and the method I used for distressing them.

I am making some progress with my dinning room chairs ... It has been cold and rainy forever. 
Finishing these chairs are a big part in finishing my dinning room makeover. Rain stay away pleeeeese :)
So lets take a look at where the chairs started and talk about the look I wanted and how I did it.
You remember these ?
 Dark and formal ... that is where I started .... where I wanted to be was ...well the look of a chair that has been painted over and over and the paint is starting to wear and peal. I'm sure I could have found used chairs that fit the bill, but I was being cheep and I thought the pretty lines of the chair would work. So what I did  to achieve the look I wanted.

Lightly sanded
Primed the chair with a mixture of flat paint and some plaster of paris .

Why?  I thought the plaster of paris and paint mixture would give the chair a little bit of a build up and fill in some groves ... to look like paint build up underneath and It made my sanding a little easier.
The plaster of paris ,Just add a little at a time ... if you add a little too much add a bit of water. It should be thin enough to brush on easily .
Next I sanded the chair where I wanted the distressing. I have fybromaliaga and arthritis . That is why I chose this method ... The sanding part was easy.
Here is the chair after this step.

Are you wondering ... won't the sanding get covered over when you paint the chair in its finished color?  Yes that is why this next step is important.
What I did next was , I rubbed a candle over the distressed marks before I painted the chair. After I rubbed the candle on I put on my last two coats of antique white (satin latex) paint. What the candle wax does is .. when you sand
where the wax was it will come of easily . It gives it sort of a peeling paint affect and makes sanding much easier. (If you haven't tried this method before ... try it on a picture frame ... I'm sure you will have fun with this method) 
Here is the chair after sanding.    

I'm happy with the way it came out. What do you think? have you tried this method?

You may have noticed there is no seat. Well the seats are ready soon as all the chairs are done I will be putting them on ... But I might just might make you wait for my dinning room reveal  to see them (maybe).
The fabric I used is on my dinning room inspiration board.

I hope you all will stop back to see the dinning room ... I will keep you posted on its progress.


  1. Sure I will stop by to see it...the chair looks awesome...I never tried the wax thingie for easy disteressing but I will keep it in mind when I have a sanding project :)
    well done and smart idea about the plaster of paris
    Rasha @ mychampagnetaste

  2. The chairs turned out awesome! I have heard of using wax but have never tried...looks like it worked great for you!

  3. Chairs look fab! I have severe debilitating Fibro and all types of arthritis related to Lupus. I have so many chairs and table redos waiting but every time I feel "normal" I jump in there and do a project and overdo it, then I am down for at least 4 days. Its hard when you are a junk decorating junkie and all you want to do is be junking and decorating 24/7 but your body won't cooperate. Not many others understand. I am sensitive to the paints and fumes too, which makes it hard to do the projects. I am still reouping from doing my outdoor Halloween displays. Sorry to ramble, but I have a suspicion you know exactly what I am talking about. I am getting ready to paint a bedroom, I just have to make sure there is nothing going on in the days afterward because I will be out of commission.
    So basically, you made a type of chalk paint for the chairs? I am new to using chalk paint.

  4. Your chairs turned out lovely! I have heard of the wax thing before but never tried it. It worked great on your chairs. Can't wait to see the dinning room all finished!


  5. Your chairs are so much nicer than when they were very formal! Warm and more casually elegant. I'd heard about using wax, but wasn't quite sure how it worked. Thanks for spelling it out for us!

  6. love ethereal!

    found your lovely blog via romantic home.

    would love to add you as a follower!



  7. I love your chairs, can't wait to see how your dining room turns out. I got a new-to-me french dining room suite and have big plans for it as well.

  8. Your chairs turned out wonderfully! I've never tried the wax method, but love yours! I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together. thanks so much for linking up with VIF! xo

  9. The chairs came out great. I also painted over my darker dining room table and chairs and have never been sorry, I still love them after several years. Looking forward to the finished product. Laura Cottage and Broome

  10. Visiting from My Romantic Home and toured your blog, you have a beautiful home! Love the change to your kitchen and looking forward to the end results of the diningroom. I am your newest follower, looking forward to upcoming posts. Diane

  11. Love the chairs! Thanks for dropping by my blog! I'm following :)

  12. They are beautiful! Just super!

  13. I love your chairs!!...I am going to have to give this method a try, seems easy and that sounds good to me!

    I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow me.
    Have a wonderful day!

  14. I loove the chairs. Such a huge difference, they are beautiful!

    You have been awarded The Versatile Blogger award. Stop my my blog to find out what it is all about.

  15. What a lovely job you did on the chairs, and the proceedure is interesting as well. I'll be watching for the completed project!

    I am delighted you joined Potpourri Friday! I appreciate you and your participation!

  16. The chairs look great, Francine. I'm glad you chose a method that works for you. I've used plaster of paris many times, and it gives a very nice effect.

  17. Hi, I love your white! I'm coming over to visit, thank you for stopping by my blog. Painting a dining room set is a huge undertaking, huh??/:) andrea@townandprairie

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