DIY Painted chairs


After priming

A while back I posted on making over the seat covers of these thrifted chairs (that I love) using a fab oilcloth so all that kitty hair won’t stick (and to my glee it works!) what I didn’t share was the painting story. I really wanted bright chairs and was leaning towards red. Our dining room is 3 walls in lilac and one full-walled chalkboard. I found some inspiration pics on pinterest using oranges and purple together and thought it was so interesting and unique feeling that I settled on a tangerine color for my chairs. I first primed them using a spray paint because there are soooo maaaany nooks and crannies on these chairs that I didn’t want to hand paint them (like I’d rather pick up a box of spilled toothpicks or re-paint our entire house!)

tangerine paint

After 2 coats

painted chairs

After 3,ooo 6 coats AKA 3 cans of spray paint each!tangerine chairs DSC_0076 DSC_0003Before DSC_0004refurbished chairsAfter (I ended up re-painting one grey to see if I liked it better)

So this was a very time-consuming project and it became costly what with all the spray paint I had to buy.  It also took forever because I bought up all the tangerine at Michael’s and waited like 2 months for them to restock it.  What do you guys think about this color? I think it would totally work on other chairs at someone else’s table.  I’m learning that I’m attracted to colorful stuff and rooms and things but I really feel best when the large pieces are more neutral.  So as soon as it’s not deathly-hot in our garage I plan to take out the 3 tangerine chairs for a hand-painting (It would take just as long to spray them) re-do in grey.  Wish. me. luck. xo Jessica


Make a chalkboard Christmas calendar

Hi ya’ll! I took a tiny weekend break from blogging and now I feel a bit refreshed after all the excitement of finding and hauling home from the thrift store my new dining room chairs as well as a herman miller table for a steal!  It took us three trips back and forth but it was worth it!  I’ll post some pics soon once I get them painted and re-upholstered (by me of course!).  Also over the weekend I came up with my new favorite martini recipe and will be posting that later in the week and I started painting a wall in the living room as well as our awful gold dining room chandelier a tomato soup red! I love it! I’m pretty sure my thrift store chairs will be painted the same orange-red so I’ll be consulting Pinterest asap.

I decided to do a chalkboard calendar this year because I needed something for the wall and my little lighted-leaf wasn’t working for me, see:

DSC_0002I made this chalkboard from an old garage sale painting I found last year and used it at our wedding.  I keep it hanging up and write little messages on it from time to time; it’s a fun piece of interchangable art you might say.


What I did: I wrote in chalk the countdown to Christmas day on the 25th then I hung a string across each line and simply taped it to the back.  I used tiny clothespins to hang ornaments, pom poms, flower poms, and pretty little bits of lace and tulle to match my white and gold color theme.

Chalkboard advent calender Then it was ready to hang up and I’m surprised at how pretty it looks on the gray walls. DSC_0043Christmas chalkboard calendarDo you make or do any advent calendars in your home?

Cheers, Jess