I knew I didn't want it to remain in its existing state of drabness and when I saw what a lovely makeover Lili over at Fearless Nesting did with a small table recently, I decided I would use her ideas for inspiration in my own makeover project.
My first step was to give it a good coat of glossy paint in a buttery cream colour.
Next, I took fine sandpaper and sanded off areas where the chair would normally show some wear.
Lili recommended a wonderful site where you can download for free some beautiful vintage images, including the lovely tea rose she chose to decoupage to her table. Unfortunately, I don't have a colour printer, so I went looking at Michael's instead and came up with a piece of scrapbooking paper that reminded me of vintage wallpaper. At yet another garage sale, I found a remnant of material that I just knew would go perfectly with the chair and with the scrapbooking paper. I just love the mixture of chocolate brown and soft pink!
I debated different shapes that would go well for the decoupage and finally cut out a circular shape for the centre of the chair back, along with a few other pieces so it wouldn't look quite so symmetrical. I glued them into position and then applied two coats of high gloss modge podge. And here's the end result:
I'm so pleased with the way it turned out and the fact that it is just the perfect size to fit in our bay window as a neat little reading or occasional chair.
And before I go, here's another little garage sale find that I am extremely pleased about.
It's a very tiny little cup, a tea cup? or perhaps a demitasse? I haven't had a chance to do any research on it yet, but it's marked R C with a crown symbol and then Versailles Bavaria. It's absolutely gorgeous and in great condition although there is a small chip on the saucer. I have a tea cup collection and I'm so pleased whenever I find something unique to add to the collection.
The funniest thing was they wanted only $1 for it, but were asking $5 for a Hannah Montana key chain that was right beside it!!! I thought that was just too funny for words. Nothing against Hannah Montana, or against key chains in general, but I'm guessing my little Bavarian cup and saucer might be worth just a tad more.
And in honour of my new-found tea cup, I am participating today in Tea Time Tuesday at one of the most beautiful blogs I've come across, Rose Chintz Cottage and Inspiration.
Sandy has asked us to include an inspirational saying, quote, or poem. Here's one I thought would be perfect for such a lovely sunny Tuesday.
The Sun Never Says
Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
"You owe Me."
Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.
From the Gift of Haviz
Translated by D. Ladinsky