Colour Changes & Furniture Makeover
My dining room is a multi-tasking space and so it is also a crafting room, office, homework spot and sewing space. So it has to work hard, yet be ready to switch back to a dining room in a second. Here it is in its current incarnation:
It has very tall ceilings, 3 meters, so the curtains on the french windows are always a challenge. The existing ones are goblet headed and were made to measure. The main wall colours are a pale stone colour with paler toned woodwork and wooden floorboards. The furniture is a mixture of antique woods and painted pieces. That huge dresser has to stay as it is the only wall clear in the house for its monumental proportions. I have already updated the fireplace with a paint effect, changing it from brown pine to make it look like slate.
Then after a while I got bored with the fireplace wall and painted it a deep olive which I liked as my convex mirrors looked lovely against it.
Anyhow, after a couple of years I have decided that I am bored with the same room. Who else gets that?! As I am in the room so much, I wanted to look up and see something else. I also could not be bothered to redecorate the whole room, mainly as there is so much furniture and stuff to get out to clear the room that it becomes a major operation.
As mentioned in my last post, I found some chairs that I thought I could do a good makeover on, and they would replace the incredibly formal Georgian chairs that I inherited from my grandparents. In my mind they would go from dark wood to Jonathan Adler inspired pieces:
After washing them down with sugar soap, I started to paint them by hand and used a satin finish water based wood paint instead of the usual chalk paint. Wow, nightmare! I would have been painting them up until Christmas as they were very fiddly and they would have needed 4-5 coats by hand. So I then hunted around for a paint spraying company, and found a couple within 50 miles, but that then meant hiring a van to get the chairs to them and back, plus extra costs. There had to be another way…. and then I found this beauty…
This is the most wonderful thing, a Wagner paint sprayer. I braved it, as I have never used one before, and purchased one.
It is really simple to use, you just dilute the paint, (about 10% water to my water-based satin wood paint), pop it in the white container and off you go. I built a very basic spray booth in the garden, (stepladders with dust sheets one them), and sprayed 6 chairs in an afternoon. It was a sunny but very windy day, so the paint dried in an hour between coats. The wind meant I looked like I was covered in fine snow from paint blow-back, and even the cats looked a bit whiter at the end of the day. I also learnt not to get too close on the first coat as sometimes drips appeared and ‘less is more’. But the result was amazing:
Any drip marks were sanded out after the first coat, and then the chairs sprayed again. Job done. This is a great machine, and no doubt many more things will get sprayed soon, including passing cats.