Antique Child’s Chair Makeover
Level of Difficulty: Medium (it takes several steps)
- Wooden chairs
- Mineral Spirits
- Sanding equipment (palm sander, medium and fine grit sand paper)
- Stain (I used leftover Dark Walnut from my floors)
- Polyurethane (I used leftover from my floors)
- Chalk Paint (I used Rustoleum’s Serenity Blue)
- Chalk Paint Sealer
- Brushes & rags
- Frog Tape
- Wood glue and twine (optional for chair legs)
I recently created a playroom for my 3 year old daughters. I’ve been on the hunt for some sturdy wooden chairs for quite some time! Alas, I found a great pair at a local antique shop for $14 each! Very sturdy and well-made, but in desperate need of some TLC.
- Clean the chairs with mineral spirits. Let it air dry then wipe off with a damp cloth.
- Sand with medium or coarse grit sand paper (go with the grain). Be sure to get down to the bare wood.
- Sand again with fine grit sand paper to smooth it. Wipe off all dust.
- Stain areas with brush or staining pad (go with the grain of the wood). Wait 15 minutes then wipe off excess stain.
- Let dry for at least 8 hours. I went over mine with another coat, but it’s not required.
- Once dry seal with polyurethane. Let dry at least 24 hours (I gave it a few days).
- Tape off sections you don’t want to drip paint (I just did corners).
- Paint with the grain a thin layer (it will be streaky).
- Let dry at least 30 minutes and then do a second coat.
- If you desire this is the stage you want to distress (sand) the paint. I started with usually wear spots like edges.
- Seal with Rustoleum finish.
- Lastly I added twine to the bottom of the chair legs. I wrapped around and used wood glue to hold it on. Let dry at least 24 hours.