When Life throws stuff at you instead of politely handing it to you, it’s time to move your hands. The more the hands move, the less time the mind has to lurk in a dark place.
I found these beautifully ugly old chairs in an antique store. (I think “antique,” in this case, is a euphemism for “junk.”) They reminded me of the chairs that had been abandoned in the back yard of our shotgun house when I was a child. Those chairs were ugly, too, but Mama painted them a forest green to give them a second chance at life.
Sometimes we all need a second chance at life. Or a third. Or a millionth. I was encouraged, rather than daunted, when I purchased these chairs. My bereaved mind would get a break from itself.
First, Norm soaked the bolts over night and removed them for me.
Next, I stripped the chairs of their paint with a commercial paint stripper. It took three tries to completely remove the six layers of paint on them (from oldest to newest): black, pink, light green, dark green, yellow, white.
Then I sanded them by hand with 220-grit sandpaper.
I’m not afraid of power tools, so used a 100-grit paper with an electric sander to smooth the metal as much as humanly possible.
I rinsed off all of the grit with plain water then began coating the surfaces with Rustoleum spray primer.
Finally, I put the finishing touch of paint – Rustoleum glossy almond.
Here is what they look like today. My rusty brain didn’t think at all – my hands took charge.
I didn’t even have to whistle while I worked. ♥
What a transition Stacy, from totally unloved to sparkling, happy and smiling chairs! I’m sure they will enjoy many long hours with you on your porch. You did a brilliant job. 🙂
I hope we can enjoy them soon, Joanne. Right now, it’s so hot and buggy outside that I only go out early in the morning. ❤
Impressive. Well done!
Thanks, Bill! ❤
They’re beautiful, Stacy! All that hard work (and occupied mind) paid off – they are perfect for enjoying those peaceful bayou evenings and your morning cuppa, too! I love your little table and the colors you chose are wonderful. Hugs, xo
Thank you, Karen. Jillian painted that little table for me many years ago – when she was in junior high! ❤
El Guapo said:
Wow! They look like you’ll get years of enjoyment out of them.
I hope so! ❤
You ROCK girl! This metamorphosis is HUGE and I have to compliment you for using your hands the way you did and for making them turn out this pretty!
Just had my husband look at them too. Great job.
Aw, thanks, Mariette. It was a fun project! ❤
Stacy, they are gorgeous. I can just see you guys sitting in the shade in the evening, sipping lemonade!
Now that’s a good idea! Don’t mind if I do, Bill! ❤