Thursday, March 1, 2012

SAVE A CHAIR


Okay, I know I'm gaining weight, but reaaaaally.  

Recently I sat down at my lil kitchen table and my 4 year old grandson, Jett, crawled up into my lap.  CRACK, CREEK and CRASH.........we both went to the floor.  This old chair that I had at my table had already lost a couple of the bars at the bottom, so I should have expected it to break, especially when TWO people crawled up on it.  Wellll, if you've read any of my posts, you already know that I can't STAND to throw anything away.  After I pulled myself up out of the floor and dusted my pride off, my mind went to work thinking of WHAT I could use or HOW I could use the remaining pieces of the chair lying in the floor.  

First, the front of the seat was cut off, so that it wouldn't be soooo deep.  Then, out came the paint brushes.  I took my favorite turquoise paint and mixed just a 'tad' of it with some Behr white, to make a really pretty light turquoise.....kinda Robin's egg blue'ish color.  







After two coats front and back, top and bottom,  I took my little Black & Decker Mouse and roughed it up a little.  Hit the edges where it would normally get more wear and tear.


Then, to give it a little more aged look, get out the ole faithful, Minwax Dark Walnut ........stains and puts a protective coat on at the same time.


Rub this over the entire project.  (hint:  WEAR GLOVES)  My fingers and nails will probably be stained for at least two weeks.  Brilliant, huh.  But, I was so anxious to see the finished product, I didn't want to take the time to pilfer through those 'junk' drawers to find gloves.  I guess that tells ya how very organized I am.  NOT.

Anywaaaay.........after rubbing the stain ON, take a paper towel or soft cloth and rub it OFF..........leaving just the right amount in the cracks to give it that just perfect aged look.


And here she be.........a CHAIR SHELF.  I can just see it on your kitchen wall holding cookbooks and a dish towel on the bar below.  



Or maybe even in the garden shed, with a pot of ivy trailing down from the seat and garden tools hanging from the bar.  The main thing is..........like my last post............another piece is saved from the dump and turned into something useful and JUST TOO CUTE.




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60 comments:

  1. Sorry you hurt your pride. But I love what you did with the remainder of the chair!

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    1. Thanks Tonya. I thought it turned out pretty cute too. COME BACK SOON.

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  2. I just found your site and just love it. I am a new follower and look forward to read more.-Nancy

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    1. Nancy, Thanks soooo much for the encouraging words and thanks for following. I'm headed over to check out 'The Natural Ingredient'. 8-)

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  3. Wow! Love what you did with the broken chair and I love color. That shade of blue is so pretty. I'm so glad you joined my party! I'm following you now. You are very creative!Kristen

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  4. Oh WOW!!! How creative!!! I love different uses for very ordinary items. Great job. I'm a new follower!

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  5. Very cute idea! Love the color!! -Sarah

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    1. White and a dab of turquoise. Thanks, Sarah.

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  6. I love the color!! I love using Minwax too. It gives such an awesome finish. Great work!

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  7. It's payback time! Just got your comment over @ Joy's Jots Shots & Whatnots and came over to check out your blog & JOYin your blog. I see lots of inspiring ideas and will enJOY "stealing" some of your ideas :) So colorful, I might add.

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    1. You just help yourself..........ya don't even have to steal. 8-)

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  8. This is such a creative idea.

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you, thank you..........come back to visit soon.

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  9. Thanks for visiting and being my first blogger follower!
    I'm now following you, too.

    Love picking and refinishing...what fun to do it full time. There's a little shop downtown that picks and paints as well, but they then mark up the price to Pottery Barn proportions.
    Well off to read more...

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    1. Well, if I put Pottery Barn prices on mine........they wouldn't sell. Thanks for following, Cristy.

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  10. I'm LOVING it!!! XO, Aimee

    your newest follower!!!

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  11. Super job! Around here we call that kind of thinking Yankee Ingenuity. Enjoying your blog!

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    1. So, what's would it be called in the South, Stephanie?? COME BACK SOON.

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  12. First you had me at chair. Then I caved when I saw the color. And the final look- amazing.
    thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my mirror-chalkboards.
    new follower here :)
    tammy

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    1. Loved your chalkboards.........and, thanks so much for following back.

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  13. That is really cute! Don't feel bad about it breaking--those old chairs give out eventually:) Love what you did with it!

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    1. Thanks Sandy. Come back to visit soon.

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  14. Wow! You do not mess around! I save so many things but sometimes can't figure out what they need to be...I need to borrow your brain!

    Love the color!

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  15. Love it!

    Thanks for linking up at my party at Jillify It! Hope you link up a new project on Tuesday!!

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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    1. Thanks Jill.....I'll try to remember.

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  16. So unique! I love that you made a new use for the chair. I'm following you back~ thanks for stopping by my blog

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  17. Ha Ha- So funny. Yesterday, my 3 year old son told me I should use his little potty, but then he said I was too big and maybe one day my but will get smaller! But really, I love this chair/shelf:)
    Kim

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    1. Aren't kids wonderful??? Thanks for comin by, Kim.

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  18. I love your chair refashion and the fact that you used it as a shelf, what a great idea!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower!

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  19. What a great idea! I love that you kept the back legs, and that you can hang your pretties on it!

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  20. Hi, Candy, your chair is a d o r a b l e! What a terrific idea! I'm your newest fan. Please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com any time!

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  21. Oh my gosh how cute. Love the color too. Thanks for sharing and linking up to my newbie party.

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie. I think I finally learned how to add your button. 8-) I learning s l o w l y, but I AM learning.

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  22. they say "Pride goeth before a fall", but in your case it was the reverse..ha,ha. Enjoyed your post and I'm scrambling around trying to break a chair so I can make a shelf. Hmmmm, maybe this is a little extreme, but really like your end product.

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    1. Too funny. I can just imagine you turning your chairs up, deciding which one to break. Thanks and come back to visit.

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  23. Candy...I am so in awe of what you do with paint. I know nothing about it. Love the chair shelf. Can't wait to see what you do next!

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    1. Patty......thanks so much. Wish I just had more time to paint. COME SEE ME OFTEN. Oh, how's the basement project coming along?

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  24. Clever and cute idea - I love a good repurpose! That color is really nice. Great idea! I am so happy you came by to link it up - please come back this week to link up again - I would love to have you and your beautiful work there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. Thanks so much, Stacey. I'll try to remember to come back to link up.

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  25. Candy, you are a genius. I love what you did with that chair. I can't wait to show Peg.

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    1. Genius?? Now,Darel. I wish. Tell Peggy hello and I hope she's feeling better soon.
      And, hey, Im waiting to see another post from you. Aren't there flowers blooming in that back yard of yours yet?? Pictures.......we want pictures.
      Take care of YOU too.

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  26. That was Brilliant Candy! And my favorite color too. You such a good story teller I was laughing. I'm just as bad about forgetting the gloves until it's too late. I just have to get my hands in there. You did a great job sharing the tutorial too.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

    I'd love it if you'd consider doing a guest post with it or anything else you'd like on my blog.

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  27. Sounds good, Tracy....just say when.

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  28. What a great idea! A Chair shelf! Who would have thought!!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  29. love the chair shelf! I'm going to be watching the trash at the curbs in my neighborhood looking for a potential candidate for my house!

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  30. Candy;
    I LOVE your chair shelf - so glad you found me at home sweet nest. I am following you back now - your newest stalker!
    Elisa

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  31. That is really great! I've never seen a chair used like that before and I love it!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!!!

    --Katie

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  32. What a cute idea! Love the color! thanks for linking up!
    Kim

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