Thursday, August 25, 2016

From Partridge Family to Dove

Hi everyone!

I have been itching to share this transformation with you for awhile now and today is finally the day.  Can I get a woo hoo?

Several years ago, I dipped my toes into the chalk paint waters and decided to use it to paint my chipping, black kitchen chairs.  It was 2014 and heck, everyone was doing it, so why not me?

Well...a few things went wrong with this project.  First, my love of color led me to the decision to go rogue and paint the chairs each a different hue.  Also, the paint did not adhere in the least, and I ended up having to sand and prime - the two things I was trying to avoid by using this stuff. Ugh!  I tried to convince myself I liked the result.  I spent my life savings buying all of this xyz chalk paint...




Maybe when I applied the dark wax and stapled on the pretty fabric I painstakingly picked out for the seat cushions...


Oh yeah, that's a winner....NOT!!!!


It was a horrible, no good, very bad disaster.  Even the Partridge Family bus had more class than my kitchen chairs. (No offense to Shirley, Keith and the rest of the group - they are one of my faves!)

So, I lived with it. For a long, long time.  But then, this summer, I had had enough.  I removed the seat cushions and sprayed the chairs all the same color - Heritage White.  Ahhh.....from psychedelic 70's to soothing doves! 


I also took the opportunity to recover the cushions with a quieter pattern - just a simple Waverly check that practically reads a solid.  Again, much more peaceful and definitely more harmonious with the nearby pair of club chairs.


I also decided to add a rug that I picked up for a super deal from At Home which recently opened near us.  For now, I am leaving the table black.  I think it is a nice, yet simple contrast with our white cabinets and ties in with the black granite as well.


Finally, my rooster has something to crow about - still colorful, still lively, but a calmer look in the kitchen.



I still love my autumnal color palette, but I am learning that I like a little neutral thrown in to tone things down just a bit.  A tiny bit. A wee bit. A bitty bit.


Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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11 comments:

  1. They do say the second time is a charm..and your table and chairs are charming! Janice

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  2. They look great. good job! Glad to know I'm not the only one who has decor disasters! Everything looks very harmonious.

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  3. I love it---live and learn! Your tenacity is great. I could learn from you, I wish I were daring to paint. :-D

    Jane

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  4. Sometimes it takes a few times to get it right. Love your new painted chairs. Great job.
    Kris

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  5. Your chairs are looking new and charming ♥

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  6. I really like the chairs and the contrast with the table. The seat cushion fabric is wonderful. Dianne

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  7. I think they look amazing!!! I tried chalk paint and am so not good at it! It did nothing like what I had heard! Perhaps I got some bum cans or something but it's a thousand wonders I pulled that night stand out at all!! I finally stripped it back down and did my old faithful paint,sand, distress, stain routine.
    White spray paint!!! I'm going to get me some of THAT!!!

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  8. I like the transformation very much. While some people really like a lot of colour I'm with you on the chairs - let tranquility rule!

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  9. The black paint looks great on the table. I also really like your new rug and the chair pads coordinate perfectly with it. I think you will enjoy your dining area now with all your changes.

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  10. Ah yes!! I bought Paris grey which looked baby blue. It was pretty but not me. I am learning to go with what makes me happy and not what everyone likes. They look great and good choice for your rug with the fabric on the chairs!

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