Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Three Little Chairs

This was my last painting project of 2012 and it turned out to be one of my favorites. Three little chairs for three sweet little girls!
 
 
I try to be finished with all furniture projects by Thanksgiving. The weather just gets too cold and the cars need to be back in the garage for winter. But just before Thanksgiving, I got a call from Chis asking if I would paint three little chairs for her to give to her granddaughters for Christmas. I hesitated, but only for a second. You know I just couldn't say no to that!
 
 
The chairs came from a local church rummage sale. I'd been to that very same sale and seen some really sad chairs. Luckily Chris had been there early and picked the three chairs in the very best condition.
 
 
 I got lucky again when we had two really warm days in early December. After a good scrubbing and thorough sanding, each chair got three coats of paint. Chris asked for teal, purple and orange. Since the chairs were small, I was able to use sample pots of Behr's paint and primer in one. The colors are bright and happy and have fun names too - beach towel, citrus blast and wild grapes.
 
 
Chris likes the shabby chic look, so each chair got distressed and I love the way the layers of paint showed through. Then it got really cold and I had to finsh the chairs in my foyer.
 
 
It was kind of fun painting by the Christmas tree with holiday music playing!
 
 
I stenciled the names on each chair - one for Maggie, one for Myra and one for Iris. I tried out a few fonts till I found one that seemed just right. Then I followed up with two coats of wipe on poly. Even working in the house, it took forever for the poly to dry - another reason I don't love painting in the winter.
 
 
But they were all finished in time for Christmas. And I have to say, I totally fell in love with these little chairs. It just makes me smile thinking about Maggie, Myra and Iris enjoying them!
 


 

 

32 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

they are adorable! i love the bright colors and the names on them- too sweet! what a great gift!!!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

They are adorable! I'm sure they will be very welcome gifts.

Nancy Esmade said...

i love the chairs, its so adorable and i wanna make one for my daughter..i bet she would love it

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NanaDiana said...

Sharon-Those are adorable. You did a great job on them. What fun colors- the kids will LOVE them- xo Diana

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Such happy little chairs.
Joy

suzyq said...

They are too adorable for words Sharon - hmmm - I know 4 little girls that would love one each next Christmas!
XXX

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The chairs are so colorful and happy! I'm sure the girls were thrilled:@)

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a group of happy looking chairs! The colors are so beautiful and I'm sure these ladies loved them. :0

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

SO cute and cheerful! Love the stenciled font!

Craftivity Designs said...

What a great idea! And I love the bright colors!

Kristine @ Lovely Again by Kris said...

Great gift! I love the bright colors. They make me smile!

Brooke said...

These are so sweet! A chair (and one so cute) is such a great gift idea! I love the colors you used and the names on them. Kids love seeing their name. What lucky girls to be getting them! Thanks for sharing!

Robin @ Fluster Buster said...

These are so cute. I have a child's rocking chair that was my son's when he was a little one. Now that he has his own child I think it would make a great gift to re-do and give it to his daughter. I love your sight, would you please come by and link to my new Linky Party.

http://www.flusterbuster.com/2013/01/fluster-muster-party-1.html

regan said...

The chairs are totally fun! And I love that braided rug you have in your foyer! Did you make it yourself!?! Gorgeous! I've only done rounds and ovals...but would love to try a rectangular rug one day!

Ali Richardson said...

Adorable Sharon! You did a great job. I'm sure there were 3 happy little girls on Xmas morning :)

Miss Charming said...

Such a wonderful gift idea! They turned out so cute.

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

Love these chairs.. Inspiring me to do something with Westin's Little ROCKer ....love it

Jeanne said...

How adorable and so well done. This was a labor of love. Nice job.
wishing you a wonderful 2013.
xo, Jeanne

Gretchen said...

Adorable! Love the shape of the chairs and the colors :)

LV said...

A great personal gift that should be treasured for years.

Emily @ The Diligent One said...

I absolutely love these! I know 4 little girls and 1 little boy who would love customized chairs. Now you've got Aunt Emily thinking!!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Love those chairs! They turned out great!

Debi @ Adorned From Above said...

I love your chairs. They are so cute. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/01/week-in-review-and-wednesdays-adorned.html
Debi @ Adorned From Above

Mariella Kennedy said...

they are awesome!!
you are a painter queen!!
congrats on such a job in winter!!!
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Mary said...

I love how these turned out!

Kara @ Petals to Picots said...

These came out great!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

the little chairs turned out adorable!!! LOVE THE COLORS!

Pam Jackson said...

Adorable chairs. I love them.

~ Liz ~ said...

A great year indeed. It's always fun to stop and see what you've been up to and I love seeing so much at once!
Liz

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

What fun little chairs! I taught pre-k for 19 years. I left when the school closed. I brought home a few wooden school chairs for the grands. Little did I know that I'd have to wait so long...The chairs are neatly tucked away just waiting. :)
Love the colors, and the font!
gail

Good Time Charlie said...

What a very sweet project! I did enjoy painting with Christmas music playing too! I bet these three little girls were delighted with their new chairs!

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