2016 Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge – Red Weathered Chair
I’m so excited to bring you this Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I’ve teamed up with 20 other bloggers for this thrift store blog hop. The rules were simple–take an item(s) from a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. and transform it into a new piece of home decor. There was no budget or theme to stick to so we were free to let our creativity run wild!
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures Kim | Made in a Day Sara | Twelve on Main
Emily | Two Purple Couches Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation Lindsay | Crazy Organized Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Pili | Sweet Things Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea Sherry | Savvy Apron Stacy | Anastasia Vintage
Red Weathered Chair
There was a time when I wanted everything new, but the older I get, the more I appreciate items that have a little age on them. I think the imperfections of aged items give it a character that you just don’t get from new items. So when I took the challenge, I had it in my mind that I wanted to upcycle something old, but I had no clue what that old item would be. I visited several stores, some more than once, and started to worry that I wasn’t going to find anything. Then, on my second visit to Goodwill, I saw an old wooden chair and a light bulb went off – I have an old chair and it was sitting in my own backyard!
This chair is a little over 20 years old and was part of a blonde color dining set my husband and I bought when we first got married. The table is long gone, but I hung onto the chairs because I love the shape. Unfortunately, the blonde chairs don’t match our current dark dining table, so I decided to paint one chair black. I hated it. Then, I lost interest in the chair and it sat outside in the rain and scorching sun until it began to weather and crack. Yet, I still loved it and loved it even more! I could still see it’s beauty and knew it was time to pretty it up with some red paint.
I sanded off most of the black paint and then brushed on red acrylic paint. When the paint was dry, I sanded off some of the red paint to show some of the black paint and weathered wood.
Since the chair will be under cover at my front door, I used clear wax to seal the paint (use waterproof sealant for chairs that will be in the elements). Once the entire chair was sealed with wax, it was ready for its new home.
I can’t believe how a few months in the elements and some red paint can transform a chair. I’m totally in love with my updated red weathered chair and have a great piece to begin my front door update! Make sure to stop by next week for another decor addition and to see the step-by-step transformation of my front door area.