Glazing Chairs and Inspecting Every Angle

This afternoon, I am glazing a couple of dining chairs that go with a table I’m upstyling as well.  It’s a great day for this, as it’s humid, and not to warm, extending the time I’ve got to rub my glaze application down to a weathered finish that’s not too heavy.

While working on the second chair, I was thinking back to this summer when I wrote Facelift Your Furniture.  A new website and blog was in the works as well, and I looked forward to sharing tips on this blog to help readers like yourself with various aspects of projects. 

While the eBook is packed full with the essential how-to’s for upstyling furniture, this blog allows me to share additonal ideas (that I’ll think about while working on pieces!) on how to make y0ur furniture look great.  This afternoon, I’ve realized again how important it is to inspect pieces like these again and again to make sure I’ve got the right look.  

On these chairs, I’ve used the  the brush and rub technique decrbited at length in Facelift Your Furniture.  As I’m rubbing the chairs down, I’ve noticed how I am circling around them again and again and again–as I look over every cane, arm, leg, and support, making sure their top-sides and under-sides and back-sides, AND front-sides are all glazed evenly!

This requires some patience, and a willingness to look over all those surfaces from each side and even with the chair leaned forward, backwards and on the side to make sure nothing’s been missed.  Leaning in those directons actually often reveals places that had been hidden in shadows that need attention.  It can seem like the job is never done, but when it is, the result will be a great, weathered look.  

The eBook also mentions too how projects like these require dedicated time and space to focus on each step along the way.  With each chair elevated on top an end table (covered in photo), I’ve got the area needed to keep circling round and round, till I have it right!

Repurposed Accent Pieces

One of the ways I enjoy getting creative is with ornate parts of dumpster worthy furniture!  Our Re-purposed Wall Pieces album has many photos of accent pieces made from parts of furniture that have been recycled and upstyled.

You’ll find ideas on what to do with old cabinet doors too!  Click on the photos, and you’ll find descriptions on how the pieces were made.




Chair Back Coat Rack

FLF Chair Back Coat RackWorking with furniture, one of the things I enjoy most is thinking outside the box. I like finding creative ways to repurpose furniture that’s on it’s last leg or heading to the dumpster.

In my upstairs loft, there are tall shelves that hold cabinet doors, drawer fronts and other “remnants” waiting to be made into chalk boards or coat racks.  These ornate and solid pieces, once serving a purpose in a home, are examples of what can be upstyled into a unique, one-of-a-kind accents in  a living space.

Today, I was upstairs tidying up–and about to part ways with an antique chair I had painted, glazed, and distressed in the fall.  It was waiting a new seat cushion base, and I had placed it on top of the tall shelves. Recently, I moved something next to it, and the chair fell down and an underside support piece broke beyond my ability to repair.  Painting chairs by brush is a lot of work because of all the surfaces.  With the chair broken, it seemed the effort was in vain!  But then this morning, I got an idea.

Initially, I wondered if something could be done with the chair back.  With all its great detail, I decided I would cut it off and keep it on hand.  Then I noticed how the front legs were sharp looking and had a nice support piece between them.  Finally, I saw how those legs could be attached to the base of the chair back (after some trimming and sawing to make a good fit).  I already had the hooks on hand, and after attaching the legs to the chair back tightly with wood screws, an almost discarded chair became a coat rack with great, unique character!

For more ideas on how chair backs can be made into coat racks, read this post.  And to view our entire collection of Repurposed Wall Pieces, go HERE.

French Provincial Dining Set

Black French Dining Chair

This French Provincial dining set has 4 chairs, with a curvy legged table with curves along the table top edge.

The entire set is painted black, and is lightly distressed. The distressing makes it’s great features pop out–especially on the chair back and table edges!

There’s new fabric on the chairs, and the table top is coated with polyurethane for durability.

Black French Dining Set