Chair before and afters!

It was 80 degrees today...spring is HERE!!!

So today has been a day of MAJOR projecting. I have 7 chairs and who knows how many frames piled in the garage that all need "make-overs." A little repair here and there and lots of paint!  I may even make a few frame shelves because the others sold pretty quickly.

A few chairs need a little upholstery but nothing major so hopefully I will be able to share these projects next week! Sometimes I get so caught up in the BIG projects that I forget to share the little ones. 

Today I am going to share a few chairs I finished. I got the frames painted, but they aren't distressed or top coated and I didn't have time to build any frame shelves!

I scrubbed all these pieces with ammonia and then let them dry out for a few days. After all the nastiness was washed away, I found some amazing wood!

I am always in awe when I find solid old furniture made with woods like mahogany and just don't find solid pieces like that any more! 

I knew the top on the little bench was pine...but once I got all the gunk cleaned off I found that the base was mahogany.I couldn't bring myself to paint over it, so I just chalk painted the top of the bench. I chalk painted the chair but left the seat natural and put a few coats of tung oil finish on the seat and legs of the bench.

I used a mix of latex "off-white" paints I had on hand and made a home-made plaster paint. These little oak chairs were ideal for the distressing because of the detailing on the back and legs!

I picked up a pretty "yellow" at Lowe's the other day. It just made me happy...and after the chair was painted and I started taking pictures I figured out why... looks like SPRING!!!

Tulips!  The always arrive the week of my daughter's birthday!


Sarah and her family (and new puppy, Duke) will be coming for a visit tomorrow! Her favorite cake is my Grandmother's lemon cake. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  I will have to remember to take pictures and share the recipe next week. Super simple but will knock your socks off!