Sunday, March 13, 2011

Industrial Chic Chair

This old, tired, school chair was given to me by a few teachers at my kids' preschool. I love, love, love this preschool. Seriously, even if you paid me, I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.

Anyway, they learned about my hobby/obsession and thought maybe I could fix it up and put it in the silent auction we have coming up in April. Structurally, it was in great shape...aesthetically...not so much.

Exhibit A:

Due to my fantastic picture taking skills *ahem*, you cant see it, but it's got acrylic paint in various colors on the wood and metal legs.

I wanted to try the fancy painters tape I had, so I painted it a light aqua color and used the painters tape. FAIL.
Exhibit B:

The color wasn't right at all. Looks great in my bathroom, not great on the chair. Plus, the painters tape pattern was just too...dainty and sweet for this chair.

I finally came up with this...and I think I like it!






You can't really tell in the pictures, but I lightly distressed around the edges...maybe it needs more?

~Allison



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31 comments:

MMB Creations said...

I really like it. The colors and stripes are perfect

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Very cute! i think you found the perfect solution! Sometimes it takes a little trial and error!

Brandi said...

Love the stripes Allison!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh i love that!!!! so cute and the stripes are unexpected fun!

Jenn ~ Flea With Me said...

Very unique! I love the stripes, it will definitely get alot of bids!

Meg and Mum's said...

So groovy! :)

Christine said...

Hey Allison!
I love your chair! I really have a thing for gray...so I like really love the chair!!!
Great job
Christine
greatoakcircle.com

Allison Shops said...

Cute! I just saw a dresser painted the same way. DD2 didn't go for it for the nursery though! lol
Dropping by from Met Monday. When you have time, come see the chairs I had recovered.

Allison
Atticmag

Richmond Thrifter said...

LOVE THAT!!! Im so into gray these days!!! Love love love the stripes!

Artichoke Alley said...

Very cute!

Robin said...

How smart!!! I love the stripes and that you are sooo good w/ tape (I say your table too from So Very Cheri!)
If you have and extra minute, come on over on Wednesday and link up one of your inspiring ideas to All Things Inspired. xo
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

cute, cute, super-duper cute!!! The stripes look just perfect.

I'm a new follower from Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage :O)

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Aaron said...

Love those stripes and the colors you chose!

Melissa said...

Looks great! I'm a new follower from Making the World.

http://www.champagnethursdays.com/

Cheers!
Melissa

Pamma said...

This looks great! Half the fun is experimenting!
~Pam
pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

Leda said...

I just stumbled upon your blog through Cheri's Tape Contest! I LOVE your blog, I just keep clicking 'older posts' over and over. You are amazing at making old look REALLY COOL! I'm inspired! NOW...I'm going up to click 'follow'! Have a great day & keep it up!

http://alilbitofthis-alilbitofthat.blogspot.com/

Ashleigh@Sincerely said...

too cute! the stripes were the right way to go!

A Vintage Vine said...

Love it! Industrial chic really describes it perfectly!!! I want to use some stripes, thanks for the inspiration!!!! Hey, did you change the blog, sorry if I am late on noticing that. I like the new look!!!

Cristie said...

What a happy stripped chair. Love it!

Simply Domestic said...

Love the colors! I can't believe its the same chair. Amazing job!

Phredfamily said...

Looks great! Where'd you get that fancy painters tape? I've never seen that before- ooh, the possibilities!
Kate @ welcomedtempest.blogspot.com

Mel said...

Love the stripes. What fun.

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

How fun, Allison!!!

Nicole@ Black Cab Designs said...

Looks great. I think it has a real contemporary flair now. Great job!

Robin said...

As I've already told you...GREAT project, I love it. I just had to say it again!
xo
Robin

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Love your combination of gray and white stripes. It is amazing what a little paint can do.

kate said...

I love this! LOVE!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello...

Sooo pretty! I love the gray and white stripes...it's perfect! You certainly did "breathe" new life into that chair! Best wishes with the school auction!!!

Happy Spring wishes...
Chari @Happy To Design

Candice said...

This is so cute! Just one question... how do you get your lines so perfect? I am literally right in the middle of painting a shelf for my daughter's room. I just pulled off the tape from my lines on it, and they're just okay. Not crisp and clean.
Maybe my tape just sucks?

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a darling chair~you did a wonderful job on it! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

cutie!