Friday, July 22, 2011

My "new" chair...

Yesterday, my resupply of Annie Sloan's Old White Chalk Paint arrived from House of Anne...WOOT!!! I've been collecting little pieces ready to be transformed, and here's the first!

This is another Kijiji find...a GENUINE Bass River bar chair, HANDmade right here in Nova Scotia by a company (sadly) no longer in business. I bought two of these for a whopping ten dollars each. Bass River Chair was formerly known as the Dominion Chair Company, a 150 year old homegrown business. They're branded with the logo underneath (which I did NOT paint over!), and the last factory burned down in 1989, so these little gems are true collectors'pieces and will be staying with me FOREVER!

Hmmm, I never know whether to call these barstools or chairs...I suppose they're a little of both?

So here are some "befores..."
I've entered this project for the "House of Anne Chair Affair" and wicked awesome and very generous giveaway. Those of you living in California would be SOOOO LUCKY to be able to take classes with Anne! Siiiigh...I WISH...meanwhile, I have to find my way around in lovely Nova Scotia, with the help of generous bloggers.

See the supportive struts here and in the next pic...

Initially I thought I'd take them off, clean them and paint them with Rustoleum Hammered Copper. Alas, that was not to be. The supports were welded on. So...plan B was hatched. I'd heard that Annie's Chalk Paint could also be used for painting metal...hmmm...couldn't hurt, right? Worked BEAUTIFULLY!!

So...I scrubbed the chair with TSP, let it bake in the sunshine, then painted completely with Old White. Then I transferred a damask image from Graphics Fairy onto the seat, resized the same image smaller for the back of the chair, then transferred each by scraping the back of the inkjet-printed image on the chair.

Once that was finished, I clear waxed and dark waxed averything, chipped where I wanted chipping, and finally painted three coats of Polycrylic on the seat and back and rungs, where most of the wear will happen.

I am TICKLED PINK with the results!!

Here's the chair, although you can't really see the images transferred here...there's a better shot at the end of this post.


Once more, the finished chair, in all its chalk paint and chippy goodness. You can see a larger image if you click on it. I'm partying here and with these fine bloggers.

Finally, THANK YOU from the bottom of my Nova Scotian heart, for the compliment of visiting my wee blog. Wishing you a day filled with the closeness of people you love and the things you love to do.


  1. Very nice...I love the transfer!

  2. Very pretty, the image is a lovely touch

  3. Gorgeous! I love the seat, that chalk paint is always easy and fun!

  4. I love it! I love it! How did you do the transfer? Maybe I'm a bit stupid, but I don't get it! Can you explain?

  5. Thanks Carol-Anne...e-mailing you!

  6. I love it! The graphics really make it stand out! Great job and thanks for sharing!

  7. Looks Great! Love the distressed legs and spindles!

  8. Love that transfer! What a fun redo. It really turned out wonderful!

  9. What a great redo!! That transfer looks fabulous and I love the distressing! Thanks for linking up to Think Pink Sundays! :)

  10. I love redoing old chairs. The accent really made your chair, so good for you for adding it to give it your personal touch.

  11. That looks great. I love that "high" chair.

  12. It looks very nice! I love it in Old White. Thanks for linking it up at HSH!

  13. I love it! The metal stretchers really add authenticity and charm to the stool. Your choice of graphics is wonderful, as well.

    Thanks for linking to the party. I enjoy your projects.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  14. LOVE IT!! Looking forward to joining the chalk paint bandwagon very soon, lol!! Thank you so much for participating in he party :)) Hope to see you again very soon!!

  15. Great makeover!!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! :)

  16. Lovely chair! Thanks so much for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!

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