May 02

The Upcycled Yellow Chair

I bought this adorable chair at the salvation army about 6 months ago for $2. I like to think that I saved him from his sad life in the basement of a thrift store. I’m sure he had a sweet life before being donated because it’s such an a unique chair. Somehow, I neglected to take a “before” picture. Anyhow, I contemplated for months about what I should do with it. First, it was going to be a Christmas present for a friend. Then, I thought that might be a weird gift AND I forgot that I didn’t have a way to transport it in our packed-full vehicle. It continued to sit in my office adorned with a vintage globe, until I had a brilliant idea [Those don’t happen very often so I had to jump on it] I made the executive decision to paint one of our dressers a mustard yellow color while we were at Home Depot a while back. Since I’ve never painted a dresser….let alone a wild color, I decided to try the color out on this chair! Brilliant, I know. So, that’s the story.

First, I gave the chair a good ol’ sanding. I used sand paper to get all the nooks and crannies. Then, I made sure to get all the debris off with a cloth.

I spray painted the legs with a matching brown color. And then I started painting the wooden part of the chair mustard yellow.
Once it was fully dry, I started sanding it in all the right places to give it a vintage, worn effect. That’s the part that you can get creative with.
When that was done, I gave it a nice coat of polyurethane to protect it.

I decided to put this cute little guy on my front porch. I’ll take a picture of that soon and post it. I’m working on making an outdoor pillow to set on him….but that’s another project for another day.

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