Monday, April 6, 2015

Black Painted Chair & Where I Get My Inspiration From

One of the pieces we picked up on our trip to Rhode Island (you can read all about that here), was this classic wooden chair.
I had been looking for something similar to this for a little bit and the price, quality and style of this one fit the bill. For the record, I paid about $20 and it is a solid piece originally made in Gardner, Massachusetts. Whenever I find pieces from Garner they are always super well built.

 The actual style of chair that I was looking for had a somewhat similar shape, but the back was a bit higher and more decorative. We did end up seeing one on the same trip that was nearly identical, but, it was $400...just a bit out of our price range.
Anyway, the original stain of the chair was a bit flakey and worn in some spots, but that was fine since I knew I wanted to paint it black to match my inspiration piece.
And where exactly do I get my inspiration for furniture and decorating? It can really come from all over. A lot of it is honestly just me planning and processing things in my head. But, I also gravitate towards magazines, books and other  blogs.  Another biggie is antique malls. I love looking at older pieces with original finishes and seeing if I can recreate them on my own. My plan for this chair came from Better Homes and Gardens' March 2015 issue. See that super gorgeous chair!

Anyway, I knew prepping and painting this was going to be a huge pain. Spindles are not fun. And are notoriously time consuming. I lived with the chair unpainted for a couple of weeks and just felt meh about it. I really wanted it black and leaving it stained just did not have the right vibe.

Here it is in the same spot as found...

...and painted...

To alleviate the prep I decided to use chalk paint. I'm typically not a fan of chalk paint at all, but it has its place for certain pieces and if it meant I didn't need to painstakingly sand each spindle I was all for it.

I did a couple of coats and just lightly distressed the chair. I wanted some wear, but not super distressed and aged looking.


And there you have it. I'm looking to list my house in the next couple of weeks so I don't want to do major changes and redecorating (although I am dying to), but this little project changed the look of the entry, was easy and inexpensive and will definitely be following us to our new home.


  1. Looks like you got a great deal on that Windsor chair. I love it painted black!

  2. The chair painted black makes all the difference in the world. Lovely!

  3. Angela, I love your chair like that. WOW - made a huge difference. Isn't that funny how paint can do that?

    Well done.

  4. Fabulous! Good color choice for a chair. Love the sophisticated and charming effect of the black.

  5. Great find, love the chair and pillow. We used to go to Newport twice a year



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