Today I am sharing how I transformed these farmhouse chairs from trash to treasure. And I am excited to say this is the start of a new series on my blog called Friday Flip! Every Friday I will be sharing items I’ve found for free or very cheap and transformed into something I love. My goal is to show you that decorating your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you can actually create a home full of great pieces if you’re willing to put in the work. So let’s get this started!
Before moving into this home we never had a formal dining room. And while I was excited to finally have a dining room to decorate, I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of purchasing the furniture we needed to fill the space. At the time we were spending money like crazy on other things we needed for our new home, so I did what any thrifty DIY-er does and I turned to the free section of Craigslist. Yes, it is scary, and many times I find nothing. But imagine my delight when I stumbled on a set of four solid wood farmhouse style dining chairs. And to make it even better the chairs were only a few miles from where I lived and available that day. Let’s just say I got there as fast as I could. This is what I found:
These were exactly what I had envisioned for our home. I wanted the traditional farmhouse wooden chair with pretty detailing on top. We purchased a farmhouse table for our dining room (from Craigslist!) so I was looking for chairs that would match up with that perfectly and also work in our breakfast nook.
I planned to chalk paint the chairs, but I started off by priming them first because I knew they would get a lot of use and I wanted the paint to be really durable for a loooong time. The chalk paint went over the primer perfectly. I used the Zinsser All Surface Primer in white.
Here’s the finished look! I used Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint. I absolutely love the way they turned out. All the little details just pop now that the chairs are white. After painting I lightly distressed them with a piece of sandpaper. Then I finished them off with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.
I still can’t believe I got these chairs for free. It was such a blessing at the time. And now I get so many questions about them. We have two in our breakfast nook and two in the dining room.
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