Pull up a seat

Shawn and I spent most of  Sunday re-finishing the remaining three dining room chairs (dining room being a loose term since it’s also the living room, entry-way and office — oh, the trials of tiny apartments!). We sanded down the worn finish, coated them with wood conditioner to bring some moisture back into the brittle wood, primed and painted. One coat of wood conditioner, two coats of primer and two coats of gorgeous aqua paint later, we have four lovely chairs.

The only problem now? The seat cushions (cushion also being a loose term — they’re hard as a board). They looked bad before. They look terrible now. The shiny new paint has brought out every stain. My plan is to find a lovely (floral?) fabric that will match or contrast nicely with the blue color and the rose design. I’m going to buy some foam to add some much-needed padding to the chairs and recover the cushions. When they’re done, I am looking forward to gorgeous dining room chairs.

Oh, and an added bonus? The aqua color looks great against the green wall I painted recently. The landlord patched some places on the walls but did not texture those patches. Then he painted the walls this nasty silly putty (skin?) color, using a fairly shiny paint. The result is that those untextured patches were in stark relief. My design-sense got to tingling every time I looked at that wall, and not in a good way. So I decided to paint the wall the same color as the one I painted in the loft. The paint, “Outback” from Behr, had an eggshell finish, which really downplayed the the untextured areas. The result? A wall that doesn’t make me ill to look at.


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