A couple of weeks ago we had the bulk rubbish collection in our neighbourhood. Generally people seem to get rid of green waste, old white goods, outdated televisions, and broken bits and pieces. Every so often you can discover a real gem waiting for a bit of love and a transformation. We hit the jackpot when we discovered an old wooden chair in the colonial/country style that was in vogue in the 1990’s. It is structurally sound and has a few scratches and splashes of paint on it. We are going to give it a new lease of life by spray painting the wooden chair.
We found plenty of inspiration for painted furniture on Pinterest. There are so many colourful painted chairs. It is great how you can take someone’s trash and turn it into treasure – it really is recycling at its best! The hardest part was deciding what colour to paint the chair. After much deliberation we have settled on a vivid red. It will look fantastic as a prop in our photos.
To find an old chair, keep an eye out when your suburb is having its bulk rubbish collection. Otherwise you could look on Gumtree or in Op Shops for wooden furniture. You may even have something around the house that it is need of a makeover.
To get started, we enlisted the help of the Man of the House. We love a volunteer and DIY projects are even quicker and easier when you delegate. We used a fine grade sandpaper and lightly sanded all over. This removed the shine from the chair and the paint spots.
Next we gave the chair a good clean with a damp cloth to remove the dirt, dust and contaminants. Finally we used White Knight Rust Guard All Purpose Primer. What we love about this primer is that it is a one step primer and undercoat application. It comes in a spray can so was super easy to apply.
All this preparation was done in around an hour.
The final stage will be painting the chair. Check out our red chair on DIY: Transform a Wooden Chair (Part 2)