Every so often I am inspired by bits and pieces of furniture. I felt like it was time to show you how to be creative with a chair and drawer. During my morning walk one day I passed a house with about 6 drawers put out for garbage pickup. When I got home I got in the car and went back and picked up a few. Actually, I went back and got more.
In my stash of the bits and pieces, there was the bottom of a chair. I used the back of the chair for a little display shelf with seasonal pictures. My thought was why not put the drawer and chair together. Kind of like when I made a unique table from a drawer. Or the dog bed from a drawer.
And this little project of mine is to show you that you can use Old Fashioned Milk Paint and it doesn’t have to be a chippy look.
To build this table, I pulled out the miter saw to even up the chair and make a frame to go on top of the chair. The drawer sits on it. Cut four pieces of a ½ x ¾ “ of wood to fit on top of the chair. Glue the wood pieces to the top of the chair. Once it dried I glued the drawer to the frame. And to really make it secure I got out the compressor and nail gun.
Apply wood filler to the part where the drawer meets the chair. Prep the piece for paint by wiping it down with a solution of water and white vinegar. Time to paint.
I had just enough OFMP Oyster White already mixed for the 1st coat of paint. Add Extra Bond to prevent or reduce chipping. I kind of thought of this as a coat of primer.
The next couple of coats of paint is OFMP Snow White. After enough coats of paint are applied for good coverage, sand the table to smooth it out. But not to distress it. Then wax with a clear wax. There is one little spot that chipped but that is what we call character.
I added a light blue knob. Before I started painting the table I filled in the holes where the old drawer pull was. A new hole was drilled for the new knob.
Then I decided to line the bottom of the drawer. A piece of foam board was cut to size and covered in pretty wrapping paper. If it looks familiar it is because I used it on a table, and a jewelry box among other things. I cut the paper a little larger than the board. It was taped to the board, kind of like wrapping a present.
That is my story of how to be creative with a chair and drawer. It may not be for everyone but I think it is kind of cute. What do you think?
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