Remember these great looking, old fashioned chairs which we picked up a thrift store a little while back? They had a nice wooden shade which I wouldn't have minded to keep in another setting, however we were thinking it would be fun and a little different to paint them blue and we didn't want to make our house over-heavy on wood, considering our beautiful floors.
So, we started the process of sanding them lightly. We were saying how happy we were that we didn't have to sand down to bare wood, as one would have to do if you wanted to keep the wooden look going and just get another stain going or clear coat. No, with paint you just have to rough up the surface so it made our job a lot easier.
Luckily we have the yard to do these projects in and the weather has been nice, so that has been great.
To make sure we got a really solid coat of paint on we started with priming the chairs.
Next up was the blue paint. We actually used exterior paint for the sake of durability. This is Behr's exterior semi gloss water based paint in the shade "Castle Moat."
We ended up doing two solid coats, then sanding lightly on some spots where the paint had caked up a bit (don't paint in 90 degrees and direct sunlight!), after which point we did a light third coat.
Here we have the splendid result. Are we happy with the color? Yes!
We really like how the color works with our newly finished table and the lighter blue walls. It finally feels like things are starting to come together around the house. Yesterday evening we had our first proper dinner in the house, eating on our newly finished table and sitting on our freshly painted chairs (since we had painted them earlier that morning we were a bit concerned that someone might walk away with a blue behind, but the paint had dried nicely and stayed on the chairs!)