...one down...

You may remember the $2.00 chair I recently purchased from a church rummage sale (that red circle is the $2.00 sticker)...I called her the dark knight...just in case you didn't have the pleasure of seeing this horror beauty the first time, here she is again...

I suppose she was fine as she was...in 1975...in someone's dark basement...
I don't know, maybe it was the black vinyl upholstery that screamed "dungeon-deco" to me...

Anyway...drum roll please...here she is now...

This was my second furniture redo (I did the sewing stool, too...), so if you're really really really good at refinishing furniture and you see tons of mistakes in my work, please be gentle...

First I spray-painted on 2 coats of white primer...then I took some Martha Stewart Paint (Gull in Eggshell) that I had left over from when I repainted my kitchen. I added just a pinch of Martha Stewart in Lagoon (what I used on my painted rug) and got this really pretty, super-faint, greenish-blue. I brush-painted on two coats of that, distressed it a bit with coarse sandpaper, antiqued it some with Valspar Antiquing Glaze and covered the whole chair with 2 coats of furniture wax.

I used a drop-cloth to reupholster the seat & back cushions and then ran a line of trim around both cushions...(anyone who reads Miss Mustard Seed will notice that I was heavily influenced by her work...)

I really like the way this turned out...and it looks great in my dining room...and now I really want to do more...

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  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Love the paint and distressing :D

    Great job!

  2. That looks gorgeous. Like something Antho would try to sell me for $800. Nice work!

  3. Maggie I see no mistakes at all - just loveliness. She's come into the light, truly a beautiful makeover for just a few $. You really worked some magic.

  4. Oh Maggie, will you come to my house and just redo everything I own? Pretty please? You are too fabulous! I love what you did to the dark menace, but I'll admit I'm a little sad to see that name go as it's not very fitting anymore. Love the chair!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  5. Your chair is lovely. And I love your colors....they are so nuetral but beatiful. And thanks for the inspiration....I have 2 chairs and a dresser that are in the garage that I won't even tell you how long they have been there. Maybe I should ask for a paint sprayer for Mother's Day?

  6. Boy, I can't spell some mornings. And how I am I not following you? Did I miss your button all this time? Situation resolved.

  7. I love the 'after' chair, I really do. Bright and pretty and summery. But I'm desperately hunting for a version of the 'before' chair. I'm making hubby a 19th Century vampire study and I have just the right Jacobean tapestry fabric to re-do that chair. I even have the ornate tassels to hang from the finials. Wish me luck!

    PS Following your wonderful blog

  8. That is a gorgeous make-over! How sweet of you to free that chair from its life of ugly servitude!

  9. Oh my goodness! I have chair envy right now! Love it! That drop cloth came out looking really soft and nice too. Did you use the double bleaching method MMS used on her blog?

    Oh, and it's funny how the materials to redo something usually cost more than the original piece LOL

  10. You. Are. Amazing! I dream to be able to refinish furniture someday like that! I love your blog-you are SO talented! Just wanted to let you know I gave you an award over at my blog-thanks for inspiring me!

  11. gosh I love that chair. you did a GREAT job! it went from evil to angelic. haha that was a lame comparison but really..it's beautiful!

    ps: thanks for your supportive comment about am feathers! appreciate you!! xo

  12. heehee have to laugh!!...my iPhone auto correct put in feathers when it should have allowed American Crafters!! bet I confused ya?-keeping ya on your toes, m'dear! ;)

  13. Great job!!! I can't believe that is the same chair! Would love for you to drop by the Tuesday To Do party and share it!

  14. This looks incredible!

    The Dark Knight, hahahah. So funny. Much much better :)

  15. Wow! That is perhaps one of the ugliest chairs I've seen -- haha! (Speaking about the BEFORE of course!!) -- I can't believe it's the same chair! Just stunning!

  16. Beautiful! I love the color you chose, it's perfect. The transformation is amazing - it doesn't even look like the same chair!

  17. Oh how I love this transformation! The before and after are miles apart! Thanks for sharing at The Shabby Chic Cottage AND sharing your choice of paint colors. Beautiful chair!

  18. What a difference, Maggie! It looks so great in that color! Love how it was an inexpensive project, too, from the price of the chair to using paint you had and the dropcloth fabric.

    visiting from Frugalicious Friday.

  19. Now that's what I call a transformation. WOW. Turned out fabulous!

  20. I love this transformation! Just goes to show how some paint and fabric can totally change the look of something! Awesome job!

  21. Wow! Now this is great work!

  22. Hi there! Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my BFF link party wrap up!! Please feel free to come grab a button from my sidebar!

  23. it's gorgeous! Now I want to go buy an old chair to redo. Thanks for linking up!

  24. Beautiful transformation! Good eye for that dark knight!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  25. You certainly made a difference with the chair... it looks beautiful! Well done.

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