Sunday, August 21, 2011


On a recent thrift store visit, I unexpectedly came across a find that caught my eye, grabbed my heart and held its grip. And, not just because it was $2.98.

My discovery was something I wasn't even looking for. The seemingly ordinary, vintage wooden folding chair had numerous surface blemishes, but the bones were good, as they say. I didn't really need it, but I snatched it up anyway.

Why? Because this was the same type of chair that my grandparents' country church used for its gatherings in the basement and on the lawn. Fredericksburg Lutheran Church was one of the beautiful, white country churches with the steeple that could be seen from miles away. Over the years, I sat on what could have been that same chair for a multitude of social gatherings, wedding receptions and funeral lunches. I just couldn't pass up this bit of nostalgia.

This honey of a chair deserves a second chance and will be nice to have around when we need extra seating for guests. So, I decided to make it fun with a great Victorian hand graphic from The Graphics Fairy.

I sanded and primed, then painted the chair with two coats of Gray Cloud, which I got free with a coupon from my local hardware store. Then, I distressed it all over.

After printing the graphic on plain paper, I rubbed the backside with the type of soft-lead pencil contractors use. Getting a good transfer requires rubbing in all directions--horizontally, vertically, diagonally. It also helps to put a magazine underneath to provide a little padding. The paper picks up more graphite when rubbed on a semi-soft surface than on a hard surface. 

Next, I trimmed the paper closer to the image shape and size to make it easier to work with. I taped it to the chair--image side out--and traced hard on the actual image. The image transfers to the chair so it can be used as a guide for painting.


I painted over the rubbing with charcoal paint and, after it dried, distressed the images slightly so they would blend well with the previous distressing. I finished it off with a satin sealer.

And, would you believe me if I told you Barney can read? Sit, Barney, sit.

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  1. He he, I love the pic of your dog looking at the chair. He's like..."who, me?" ;) Very nice re-do! Different from "the usual."

    Thanks for linking to the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop!

  2. I love what you did with the chair it's so cute!


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  4. Oh Ann, that is just too cute!!! I love it! Love the photo with your dog too!

  5. Really appreciate you linking up this awesome masterpiece at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  6. I love this chair! What a great find. I would love if you would join my linky party!

  7. That is so clever and so cute! Loved visiting with you tonight.

  8. I absolutely love this! Thanks for linking up and sharing.

  9. What a great find. Who knows you could have sat on this very chair,stranger things have happened.I'm glad you're keeping it,it's beautiful! Also wanted to tell you how much we enjoy your blog.

  10. This is totally brilliant!!!

  11. Loved your tale of the chair. You did a very nice makeover. Somethings you just gotta have.

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yes, you do have a lot of cameras. Nice collection. Lov e how they are displayed as well. Love your chair. Cute idea to add the graphics to it.

  13. Love the chair and the reason you bought it. We are always impressed with a piece that reminds of something special and dear to our heart. Your makeover is funky and awesome. Love the humor of your makeover. Your company will too.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  14. Congrats! You've been featured on Fabulousity Friday at Sweet Tea Serendipity! Stop by & pick up your award:

  15. Love the chair and it turned out beautiful! Thank you for joining TTF and have a fun weekend!

  16. awesome idea. love how it turned out. thanks for linking up. we featured you today.

  17. Love this! I'm totally pinning it.

    Kelli @

  18. congrats on being featured on brag Monday, the link though was for another blog - I had to google to find you. Love this chair- so fun!

  19. so fun to pick up things that bring great memories. Your makeover is beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday... hope you'll be back this week.

  20. Ha ha...LOVE it!!

    Deborah (happily visiting from

  21. thank you for stopping over and commenting on my sewing base table. i decided to pay you a visit and im glad i did. i love this chair redo. very vintage looking. love the graphic!

  22. That is so stinking cute!!! I love it!

  23. Fabulous! Isn't hard to pass up a good deal? Thanks for linking up to the Upcycled Linky Party at

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