How to up­cy­cle a wooden chair

Your Home and Garden - - Makeover -

Ren­o­vat­ing a wooden chair is sim­pler than restor­ing an up­hol­stered one. Pick a chair that’s struc­turally sound and time­less in style, yet has that lit­tle spark that gets you ex­cited.

1 Take lots of pic­tures of your chair – front, back, in­side and top. Tak­ing ‘be­fore’ pho­tos is a use­ful ref­er­ence for fu­ture projects.

2 Clean your chair with wa­ter and de­ter­gent to re­move ev­ery scrap of dirt, oil, wax, grime and any stick­ers.

3 Lightly sand the chair. You don’t need to strip off ex­ist­ing paint or var­nish – just give it a quick once-over with 120 grit sand­pa­per, then wipe off the sand­ing dust.

4 Pop open a tin of Voodoo Molly Vin­tage Paint and have some fun! Use a syn­thetic brush and paint quickly but care­fully. Watch out for drips and paint build-up on edges. It’s eas­ier to re­move these when the paint is wet rather than wait­ing to sand back when dry.

5 If you want to dis­tress the chair, wait un­til the next day and lightly rub back edges with 120-180 grit sand­pa­per. Be strate­gic and thought­ful so it looks nat­u­ral.

Amy Hart (page 40) used Voodoo Molly Vin­tage Paint for her up­cy­cling


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