My Fall furniture re-do last year was working on my dining room chairs. I had thought about refinishing them for several years having grown tired of them being brown. They were quite pretty as they were, but I was tired of them, so I knocked out four in one weekend! 🙂
First, sanding with 60 grit sandpaper.
I know ~ really, really rough.
It took off the varnish really fast and I was careful
not to knock down any of the carvings.
As pieces of sandpaper wore down on the legs and seat, I would use the still good parts folded
to get into the grooves of the chair carvings and around the little flower parts.
On the caning, I just lightly sanded the fronts and backsides. The caning was already worn from
years of use, so I was pretty sure it would take the paint really easily. It did.
When you refinish your furniture, you may want to go over your piece with a much finer grain sandpaper after the first coarse sanding to close your wood grain before painting.
I just did a light dry-brushing of the paint so some of the grain and original dark stain would show through. 🙂
I didn’t do that as my hands gave out… But, I am pretty happy with the results! Now these chairs have a kind of chalk paint-feel to them which I really like.
Really loving how they turned out!
I just dry-brushed the white paint onto the chair lightly going over the carved parts.
Now, this fall to finish the other two.
Here are the chairs in our dining room at one of my teas this past winter (a mini preview of Christmas-time!!!)
Happy decorating and redoing around your home!
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French Ethereal is a lifestyle blog sharing tips on decorating, table settings, crafts, gardening, DIY and travel. I love an elegant Shabby Chic/Old World French decor all decorated with Faith. <3
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