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I have gotten together with a group of talented bloggers, we will be creating a project and post about it each month. We call ourselves The Thrifty Chicks. What is different about this challenge is we will have a specific subject. This month the topic is chairs! And you know how I love to create things from chairs. So what can you make with an old chair besides a dog bed, a picture hanger or use the legs on an old drawer? Just wait until you see what I came up with!
Well, this particular chair was missing its back. And it has been in my garage actually waiting for my friend to bring over a spinning wheel so we can be creative. Knowing I find broken down chairs all of the time I took it for this project. I figure when we get around to it I will have other chair parts.
OK, the chair was taken care of but what was I going to do with it? Looking around the garage I figured I would find something. Someday I will show you the garage. It is a miracle I can find things.
Assembling the Table
My eyes landed on fan blades and a table was born. Three blades fit across the base of the chair perfectly. But in order to make it a little more substantial, I used an old thin board and nailed it down. You will notice the middle blade is opposite the two blades on either side. This is how it fit the base. On some of these curbside finds, they are missing bits and pieces. Besides missing its back it was also missing a button. I keep a variety of sizes so I had a match and wood glued it in. It is good as new.
After that was taken care of I nailed the three blades on top. They spanned the rails so it is pretty sturdy. Once the blades were nailed down, I used the nail set and tapped the nails in so they would not show.
I didn’t want the holes from where the screws were so I put pieces of painters tape underneath. Dab the holes and the nail holes with wood filler and sand when dry.
Painting the Table
I decided to use Poppie’s Paint Powder and mixed in gray paint. This additive creates a smooth mixture that is nontoxic and is similar to a chalk paint. When I paint a piece I always start by tipping it up and painting underneath. When it is dry I flip it right side up and complete the paint job. And I painted the entire piece in the gray.
When the chair table was dry I mixed up Poppie’s Paint Powder with a white paint and painted the top only. I liked it but it looked like it was missing something. Then it came to me…a funky table like this needs a fun stencil. And I had just the right one, “I Love You to the Moon and Back”!
The moon and stars are painted in a soft yellow mixed with Poppies and the letters are in a darker gray. I mixed the paint too thin and made a mess. So after I sanded it down and repainted the top white I penciled it on and hand painted it. Although I did have some trouble with the graphite smearing. I finally used the Saral paper and finished it up. I found clear wax cleaned up the graphite.
To finish up this crazy looking table I sanded it and then waxed it. I don’t know if you do this when you paint but I create a story and in this story, I see it in a child’s room. What do you think?
Be sure to check out my friends, The Thrifty Chicks for their creative projects. The links are below.
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Bottom of Chair Fan Blades
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