Continuing the “Revisiting Old Pre-Blog Projects” theme this week, here are my Mackenzie-Childs Inspired Chairs. Again, I apologize for the lack of my usual how-to pictures, but I’ll do my best to explain what I did. We found 3 of these chairs abandoned in the alley a few years ago (I wish there were 4, but what are you gonna do? They were free!) They had “good bones” so we grabbed them. I painted them about 3 years ago, and I still love them. Here is a picture of what they looked like before, plain blond wood:
I’ve been a fan of the fun Mackenzie-Childs designs for years, so I decided to work my magic on the three chairs, MC style. I started by removing and recovering the seats in a lovely silk sari fabric I bought at Joann Fabrics (with a 40% off coupon, of course ;-)). Then I sanded the chairs and painted them a solid black with acrylic paint, 2 coats. I decided on my acrylic paint colors (purple, forest green, red and gold) and patterns (black and white “dirty” stripes and mottled green and polka dots) and got to work measuring and taping off for the white stripes and color-blocked sections using blue painter’s tape. When the painted sections were dry, I used gold paint pens to edge each of the sections and draw the gold dots. The final touch was gluing round glass gem pieces (over painted dots) on the legs and backs of the chairs for some added dimension. I was able to complete all three chairs in one evening, and as usual, it was almost free, as I used all supplies I had on hand except the fabric which was about $12.