This is a fun story. I’m going to share with you a project that I absolutely hated doing. It was truly one of the most annoying projects I’ve ever done. Actually, I think it probably gets top billing. I did cover an entire HUGE mirror frame in teeny tiny green rocks with a hot glue gun once (see here), but this was worse than that. I painted my favorite chair. An upholstered chair, not a wood chair. And my favorite. I’m crazy, I know. But I didn’t hate it because I’m not happy with the outcome, I hated it because I found the process annoying and tedious. More annoying and tedious than hot gluing a million teeny tiny green rocks.
But, don’t let me discourage you from trying this! I really do love the outcome, although it is not what I imagined when I started. And I think I mostly found the process annoying and tedious because I did have an idea of what the chair would look like in the end and it seemed like I would never achieve that idea and I felt like banging my head against the wall. In my mind, the chair was going to come out one solid color, no pattern showing through. I used really dark paint (Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore). I was imagining the chair being a blue/black color in the end. About two and half coats in I was no where remotely near that and ready to fling my paint brush at the wall. But I didn’t, mostly because I already had a huge mess going on because in addition to not having the outcome I had intended, this project is also SUPER messy. But seriously, still, don’t let that stop you from trying this. I would advise that you do this in say, your basement if it’s ventilated or your garage. Not in your living room like I did. Where someone was very likely to sit on the soaking wet chair, or worse, where a cat was likely to take a nap. Don’t worry, magically, neither of those things happened, but I did have a lot of watery paint spills that had to be cleaned up. Not fun.
Ahh, yes a reminder of why this whole annoying project was worth it. It is SOOOO much better than it used to be. And I think I probably like the outcome better than what I had pictured, that blue black solid color chair. In person the color is actually darker than pictured and it feels very vintage lodge or library to me.
Before I get to the tutorial, if you’re having a strange case of deja vu, it’s because this is not the first time I have redone this chair. Remember this:
I reupholstered this chair a while back. My son is BRUTAL on furniture (I need to sign him up for parkour classes) and the upholstery job didn’t stand a chance. It took quite a beating. I would do this again on a chair that would be sat on more often than jumped on, however. If you’re curious about those instructions, or if you’d like to read about why I love this chair, check out that post here.