12 October 2012

Week 41: Two colour, shabby chair


This week is a variation on one of the projects from way back at the very beginning Week 3: Shabby Chic Chair, mainly because I love painting & distressing stuff, which is just as well as I've been doing LOTS of it lately. (Note: Don't wear your good clothes to do this, they'll get mucky!)

What I used:
White wood chair
Undercoat paint (colour of your choice)
White paint
Fine sandpaper / nail file

What I did:
Firstly give the chair a coat of paint in your chosen colour.
Leave to dry before applying the top coat. You'll need to leave the paint to really dry thoroughly before the next part.
You can use any paint really, Week 3 I used acrylic, for these ones I used chalk paint which I ADORE. Though it is much, much dustier when it comes to sanding.

(The bit I love best about this sort of project is that if it's messy, or lumpy or uneven or whatever, it doesn't matter because you can sand it to buggery later!)

Once you're sure the paint's dry it's time to cause distress!
Make sure you're work space is protected or clear of anything you don't want covered in paint dust.
Ready, steady, SAND!

I like to put worn patches on the seats of the chair to look like many, many, little bottoms have worn away the paint. Also pay attention to corners and feet , any areas where the chair would get regularly knocked about and worn.

Taking away the top coat of paint will reveal the coloured layer underneath, depending on how shabby you want the chair to look just keep going until you see wood grain.

When you're chair is distressed to your satisfaction give it a little dust, and maybe a wipe with a very slightly damp cloth to remove any residue.

Sit back and admire!



  1. te han quedado unas sillas muy monas , gracias por las explicadiones



    1. Thank you Mari :)
      Hope you're having a great weekend.
      Kat x

  2. Thank you for sharing and showing how your made it. The chairs look nicely shabby. I love them.
    Hugs, Drora