A couple of months ago, I picked up this sweet vintage chair from a local antique shop for $25. It was just the kind of chair I had been looking for to use at my sewing desk. I don’t typically sit and sew for hours on end, so it didn’t have to be super comfortable. My sewing desk is also vintage and smaller in scale, so I needed a vintage chair that would be sized appropriately to pair with the desk. I liked the idea of how the cutout in the back of the chair would stand out against the pine desk. It was a little grubby, though, and the paint could use a refresh, so I gave this chair a quick and simple makeover with Farmhouse White Milk Paint.
I started out the makeover by wiping the chair down. It had clearly been stored for years and would benefit from a good cleaning. Before cleaning it, though, I mixed up some Farmhouse White Milk Paint to let it sit for a few minutes. You can mix milk paint and use it right away, but I have found the consistency is a little better if you let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
My favorite tip to share when painting old chairs, stools, and small tables, is to turn them upside down and paint the underside of the legs and supports first. It’s so much easier than trying to reach under and through all of the legs! Once all of the legs are painted, grab the chair by the seat and turn it right-side-up to paint the rest.
For this Farmhouse White chair makeover, I applied two thin coats of paint. It’s always interesting to me how you need two coats of white to cover another white! I have found this to be the case in almost every kind of paint.
A 2″ or 2 1/2″ angled sash brush is my favorite to use for projects like this. The Cub XL brush by Purdy is currently my favorite.
I finished the chair with a coat of Tough Coat, which is a clear, water-based, non-yellowing polycrylic. It’s thin, so it levels out nicely, even when applied with a brush.
I realize this makeover is a little underwhelming because I painted a white chair with white paint! Sometimes pieces don’t need an overhaul, though. They just need a little refresh. I am planning to make a cushion for the chair when I have the time. It’s sort of an odd shape, so I’ll have to make it from scratch and I’ll share that process.
Until then, it works perfectly as the chair for my sewing desk.