While we were waiting on my dad to finish the farm table for the dining room at Loblolly, my mom and I got to work on another set of chairs. I know. I sorta wanted to cry. She better leave me something amazing in the will. 10 chairs in 2 days is like way more than a labor of love ha ha.
We’ve used varied colors of chalk paint on almost all of the painted pieces of furniture and to be honest, we were looking for something with a totally different finish. My mom and aunt found all 4 of these chairs for $10 at a local yard sale. The plan is to use 2 of them as extra seating in the living room and the other 2 chairs on the covered front porch. We’ve been on the hunt for the perfect wing back chairs but so far we haven’t found any we love.
We’ve used green in the kitchen and since the kitchen and the living room are open to each other we decided to use Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Lucketts Green. It’s been a long time since I’ve used milk paint. When our “green” paint came out of the bag yellow, I started to panic a bit.
But once I mixed it up the different colored pigments started soaking up the water and we got the green color we were after.
My biggest tip is to make small batches and mix well. The mixing part, to me, is the hardest part because the color of my first chair was not the color of my last chair. Make sure you mix very well and continue to stir the paint that is left in the bottom of the cup throughout the entire painting process. You don’t necessarily need the emersion blender but I would recommend it if you’re new to milk paint. I wish I had used one as opposed to using the plastic spoon.
Here’s a before and after…
We gave all of the chairs a quick sanding and made sure they had a lot of tooth, especially in the middle section where all the gold paint had been.
This makes it easier for the paint to adhere.
Have I mentioned you need to make sure the paint has been blended well? If this isn’t a walking advertisement for why you need the emersion blender I don’t know what else would be. Oh my word, look at all of those different shades of green. I’ve been painting furniture for about 4 years now and it still challenges me, which is one reason I love it so much.
But I’m pretty stubborn, so of course, I didn’t let it lick me. This is a little seating area we’re creating for the living room.
I was running out of time so I didn’t seal the paint with anything. I realized at Thanksgiving that was a mistake though.
Just before Thanksgiving we were able to get the mirror and pictures on the wall and make a little grouping.
We found the coolest little sign at Renningers and a few other accessories to add to the table. I still can’t believe after all this time, this house is actually starting to feel like a home.
It’s definitely been an interesting week as I continue to recover from pneumonia and bronchitis. The good news is that I’ve been forcing myself to rest. The bad news is that I’ve had a lot of time to catch up on Fixer Upper and I feel like adding shiplap to every room in the house ha ha. Thank you so much for your sweet messages, prayers and get well soons. I felt each and every one you sent my way.
I hope you guys all have a fun filled holiday weekend. The sweetest people on the planet have offered their best wellness tips, helped me rally to finish organizing the kitchen, complete the dish pantry reveal and share time saving menus for busy families so I’ll see you next week.