We were recently commissioned to revitalize little vintage school chairs and a small book case by Mi Casita Learning Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
I was happy to take on the challenge, the chairs were adorable…and they had the potential to be even more adorable. They were in rough shape. Best part was Molly, owner of Mi Casita, gave me Carte Blanche to do what I wanted.
All of the pieces needed sanding, priming and paint. I decided to go with a pastel Color scheme. From the start I knew that I would do something different and special to each chair.
I started with the yellow chair, which I liked yellow. I just used a more subtle yellow and added polka in bright green, orange and white. This was done using the eraser on a pencil, dipping and dotting….fun!
The next project was the metal and wood school chairs. These were my favorite. I simply picked out a green that reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream and spray painted the metal part of the chairs. I really like the way the wood looked (not everything has to be painted in our book) and simply touched the wood up with some stain.
The two rockers were left, the white on was in really bad shape. A lot of sanding went into this one. Once primed, I painted it pink (yay!). For a special touch I decoupaged scrapbooking paper in a diagonal stripe with coordinating colors.
The second rocker was much easier. It was simply painted in a blue with white alternating stripes on the seat.
Molly recently purchased the little yellow storage chest from us so I decided to use the left over fabric from that project on this small bookcase. I removed the back of the bookcase and I decoupaged the fabric onto the board. I painted the bookcase a crisp white and I reattached the back. The fabric adds a nice pop of color!
Once all the pieces were done, I brushed on a coat of polyurethane to help protect the paint.
Revitalizing these vintage school chairs was a fun project and we look forward to working with Mi Casita Learning Center again!
Happy Salvaging! -Karen
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