Feb 15, 2013

A Chippy Black Chair Fit for a "Country Gentleman"

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine's yesterday.  This is a chair I completed a few weeks ago.   
I used "Pitch Black" milk paint from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company.  I ordered mine from Lee Valley.   I enjoy using this brand of milk paint.  I find it is slightly less lumpy and easier to mix. 


The milk paint did it's thing leaving some chippy areas...

And it crackled up really nice at the top here. 

I did lightly sand the chair before painting... I wanted most of the paint to stick and was hoping I wouldn't end up with half the paint flaking away.  Thankfully, I wasn't left with a flaking mess. 

The seat is covered in a teatowel.  It was one of those decorative kinds that people used to like to hang up.
My husband didn't believe me when I told him it was a tea towel... but it really is...honestly!  I was lucky... if the chair seat had been any wider the towel would have been too small. 
If you think this chair looks familiar, it did originally have a match that I painted in the summer.  You can read all about that here.
And here is what they both looked like before.


  1. Great transformation!I love that fabric too!

  2. Looks amazing! I love the seat-so clever! :)

  3. I love a great chair makeover! so gratifying. :)
    I like the white one best.


  4. Wonderful transformation :-) Please share your entry on Creative Crafts Thursday, www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com, and any of your favorite projects each and every week.

  5. I love to find lyre-back chairs. They always look so beautiful when transformed. Love the milk paint distressing.