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Frugal Christmas Gifts Day 23: Painted Furniture

Posted: 12/23/11 11:30 AM (Modified: 12/23/11 11:30 AM)

This post is for day 22 of our 25 Days of Frugal Christmas Gifts sponsored by GoldBuyersExpress.com. Today's gift idea comes from Anna Marie, check out her method of repurposing old furniture and turning it from drab to fab! (Yep, I totally just said that.)

{DIY Painted Furniture}

One of the most fun ways to save money is to take something old and "redo" it. It is frugal AND good for the environment! My favorite way to do this is to take furniture and give it a "new" look. The BEST tip is to get the furniture piece for FREE...either discards from friends and family or ...dare I say it....get it from the curb where someone is throwing it away! One man's trash is another man's treasure! Good Will, Salvation Army, thrift stores and garage sales are also great places to find inexpensive pieces that need a little love.

First, if you are doing a chair, remove the upholstered seat. Usually this entails unscrewing a few screws found underneath the seat of the chair.

 

I usually start with a piece that has a fairly decent base coat of paint that I can use. You can lightly rub the piece with fine sandpaper or just a piece of a brown grocery bag to smooth out any imperfections and "brighten" up the top coat of paint. The wax from the grocery sack gently burnishes the paint, giving it a buffed look. You can also use paint or markers to touch up any dents or scratches. Or you can completely change the color if you want to…just sand the chair lightly first, so the new paint will stick. This would also be the time to add any antiquing to base colors, if you want a more antique look.

 

 

I  use my acrylic craft paints to paint whatever picture or design I am going to use. If you can't paint freehand, stencils will work! For this rooster chair, I wanted to recreate a chicken wire pattern, so I made up an octagonal stencil out of cardboard, and used a finepoint Sharpie Marker to trace the "chicken wire" on.  (If you use a Sharpie Marker on your piece, be sure it won't be sitting in direct sun or the marker lines may fade after a year or two.) Greeting cards or the Pinterest website can be a great source of inspiration, too.

After I finished painting the designs and other blocks of color, I sprayed the chair with an acrylic satin finish spray. Do 2 light coats rather than 1 heavy coat to avoid runs or "shiny spots" . Do this outdoors, or in a well-ventilated room away from any heat source or pilot lights. Safety first!

Once the piece is dry, you can re-attach the seat. I recovered the original seat by just adding the rooster fabric right over what was there. I used a staple gun to fasten the fabric on the under side of the cushion. Then screw the cushion back onto the chair.

As a final touch, I tied a long piece of raffia onto the top of the chair, to complete the "country look" I was after. Below  is another example of a smaller chair that I repainted. Handmade gifts bring years of happiness to the recipients. Who knows, your re-purposed gift may become a family heirloom!

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Dec 24, 2011 01:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm not good at painting but this is really a good idea.

Dec 24, 2011 01:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm not good at painting but this is really a good idea.

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