Wednesday, February 23

Refinished Morris Chair: Reveal!

In my last post, I talked about the chair I was refinishing.

Well, here it is...

To get this distressed look, I first painted the chair in a fresh blue paint (the colour was Pure Water by SICO), and then I rolled on one very light coat of antique white.

Next I sanded it down until the blue began to peek through.  I sanded the edges more heavily in places where it would naturally wear on its own over time, until the original wood began to show.

Finally, I dabbed a sponge brush in some of Folk Art's Sky Blue craft paint and dry sponged it on very lightly in the areas that were most heavily distressed.

As this chair was originally in my maternal Grandmother's home (and was built by my great-Grandfather almost 65 years ago), I really wanted to have a special touch that reminded me where it came from. The "B" monogram is an ode to my mom's family name.

I used a stencil and some Sky Blue paint for the monogram, and the flourishes were created with a few of my stamps and an "Old Olive" Craft stamp pad from Stampin' Up.  I used a sanding block to sand it down a bit so it looks more authentically aged. I like the way it turned out.

I know my limitations, so I bought the cream cushions rather than making them myself.  I found them at Pier One. But I did make the little skirt myself.

The awesome down-filled bird pillow was a fab find at Homesense.  In keeping with the bird theme, I originally thought about painting the word "Perch" on the chair instead of the monogram.  This chair was always a favorite 'perch' in my Grandmother's kitchen.  But there wasn't much room on the chair frame for words, so I kept it simple.

The chair fits great in this little corner of the kitchen, overlooking the backyard.  It's actually a REALLY comfy chair. It'll be a sweet spot to sit and read my favorite magazines.

Until next time, happy decorating!

Psssst! I'm sharing this project at:

Furniture Feature Fridays

All Things Heart and Home


UndertheTableandDreamingFunky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

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Blogger Mrs.B said...

Great job, love the chair!

February 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger stefanie said...

goodness, that turned out just gorgeous!!!!

February 23, 2011 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a beautiful transformation!!! I love the pillows too. Looks like a comfy place to sit and relax. ~~Sherry~~

February 23, 2011 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

You did a beautiful job refinishing this chair! Great job!!

February 23, 2011 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Keri Lynn...Oh my goodness! I had to look twice! I can't believe that's the same chair!!!
You're good!
I love this re-do.

February 23, 2011 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Now that's perfection!

Sue @ Beach Bungalow

February 23, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Love your chair...I also have a morris chair and I love it...yours is just so darling... visit me at lifeatfirelakecamp.com I am having a giveaway....blessings....julie

February 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

It's just beautiful! Great job! Thank you so much for sharing! I am following you...can't wait to see what you share next! Happy White Wednesday!
Best Wishes and Blessings from a fellow addict! :)
Amanda - One Girl in Pink

February 23, 2011 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

That is just absolutely adorable!! Fantastic makeover! :)

February 24, 2011 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

great job. i wouldnt have thought anything could have made the chair up to date. but you did and its beautiful

February 25, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger The Decorating Diaries said...

Just wonderful! It is fresh and updated. I really like the ruffle in front and your blue sidetable.


February 26, 2011 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Sincerely said...

looks great! the color and the cushions are spot on!


February 26, 2011 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I love the new paint treatment and monogram on the chair. How sweet that it was in the family and made by your Grandad. It does look comfy!

February 26, 2011 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Looks like I'm number 99! It is not 100, but it was good enough for Gretzky ;)

February 26, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Kerri said...

#99 is awesome! Thanks Elizabeth!

February 26, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

That is gorgeous and I love your photography. Woo HOO I'm NO. 100.

February 26, 2011 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

I love how it turned out! Nice choice for the colors...and the cushions fit perfectly!

February 27, 2011 at 4:12 AM  
Blogger Pamma said...

Very nice, very pretty...excellent job! Love it.

February 27, 2011 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

It turned out fantastic- so pretty and sweet! Thanks for sharing at FNF!

February 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger annette said...

Our grandmother's chair!!! Wow! How many times did we sit there....I'm so happy to see it transformed. It looks beautiful! Can't wait to see it in real life! Safe travels tomorrow.

February 28, 2011 at 8:01 PM  
Anonymous abeachcottage said...

Oh my, that chair is just gorgeous. Love the new color. You did a great job. Lovely make-over, well done!

March 1, 2011 at 6:40 AM  

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