farmhouse white chair makeover

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Guest Room, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, My House21 Comments

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.

farmhouse white chair makeover | miss mustard seed

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.

farmhouse white chair makeover | miss mustard seed

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.

farmhouse white chair makeover | miss mustard seed

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.

farmhouse white chair makeover | miss mustard seed

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.

farmhouse white chair makeover | miss mustard seed


farmhouse white chair makeover

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21 Comments on “farmhouse white chair makeover”

  1. That’s my style. I love the cut out and style of that little chair. Perfect balance in the room.
    I have been looking for a smaller desk, but haven’t found one. I love yours. You always do the best! Thank you for the generosity of your knowledge.

    1. They are pretty easy to find on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, thrift stores, etc. Most people use them for kids since they are smaller in scale, but it’s perfect to use as a little sewing desk.

  2. Even though it probably isn’t, it looks French to me. Beautiful! I’m currently on the hunt for a nice Shaker door wardrobe and everything I find is in Europe. Have you ever shipped anything large from England or France?

    1. I thought it had sort of a nordic or even a German look with the cutout, but I think it’s from a 1940’s or 50’s American kitchen set. That’s my best guess, though. No, I’ve never shipped anything large from Europe. I looked into it during my trips to Italy and France, but there was a lot more involved than I wanted to get into! I just brought back what I could fit in my suitcase. I do order things from Europe that can be shipped through the regular post, though.

  3. I love your work. After years of watching you upholster furniture and make slip covers I’m going to brave a project – with your videos as my guide. I noticed the sewing machine on you table – can you tell me the brand and model 3? It looks heavy duty and I think I need to look for something more rugged than my Brother machine. Will start looking on Craigslist but I need to have an idea of what I want…..

    Thanks for sharing so many of your talents and gifts with us1

    1. It is a Sailrite and I forget the model number, but it’s the one that just does the straight stitch. I think it’s called the S. It’s a portable upholstery machine that is made for fixing sails and upholstery on sailboats and it’s perfect to handle upholstery and slipcover work without having a massive machine. I’ve had it for several years and it’s a great machine.

  4. Very cute. I love that you tell us exactly how to do it. One of these days I’m going to get brave and do it myself. In the meantime I have someone else painting my dining room table white! I thought I was brave just going from stained wood to white paint!!!☺️

  5. The chair goes so well with your sewing desk, perfect combination. I love them together, they go together like peanut butter and jelly!!

  6. What is your blue toile wallpaper?! Where did you by it it? I love it, and everything you do. 🙂

  7. I love the chair with the wood tones! MMS Farmhouse White has always been one of my favorite colors. I’ve used it often!

  8. I love it! So I’m thinking it didn’t crack or peel? I’m wondering why or why not? Still learning about your milk paint line and wanting to try it..

  9. I read this post at just the right time or perhaps a little late! I am repainting a small side table and painted the top first and then realized a little late that it would have made more sense to do the underside first. I am planning on stenciling the top ans was wondering how to seal it. I will try tough coat. Thank you for this and all of your inspirational posts.

  10. Well done! I like the combination, too. The chair makes me think “cottage”, and I love the tips.

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