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DIY Shabby Chic Child’s Chair

Shabby Chic is a style I’ve grown to love over the years and over the summer while I was waiting for my home to be finished, I started working on my home decor. My days were long because I was impatient to get moved in so I started some DIY projects that helped pass the time. I had a vision of how everything would look (and it looks nothing like I imagined it would but that’s not necessarily a bad thing in this case) and I wanted to combine new, retro, eclectic, cottage, vintage, boho, hippie, Shabby Chic and country French style. Yes, combined. I wanted a few pieces that appeared to be really old but I couldn’t find anything close to what I was looking for. I did found some pieces that I could paint and change the look of to suit my vision.

One of my first projects was a DIY Shabby Chic Child’s Chair. I found the chair at a thrift store and I couldn’t wait to start sanding it and painting it. I bought some sandpaper, primer and white paint. It’s a heavy chair and I knew it would be durable and last. But it was ugly. Brown stain with a glossy varnish. I wish now I had taken a before photo of it but in my haste to strip the ugly brown color off, I did not stop long enough to photograph it. I wasn’t sure how much of the brown stain I would be able to get off but I was up for the challenge.

I sanded.

Listened to the kids fuss and fight about who was going to sit in it first.

And sanded.

Fought off our dreaded gnats while I sweated my derriere off.

I sanded.

While saying a few choice words when I realized it was going to take forever to break through YEARS of stain and gloss.

And sanded.

Until I was finally satisfied that I could not get any more of the stain off.

I then used a dry cloth and washed every inch of the chair to remove all of the dust. I then added a layer of primer. After letting that dry, I painted a layer of white paint.

This is when I started getting excited. And this is when the real work began. Not realizing how tough it was going to be to sand through two layers of paint left me unprepared for the amount of sandpaper I’d need. I headed back to Home Depot which is an hour and 15 minute round trip for me BTW. I didn’t even wait until I showered, oh no, I went just like I was, with bits of dust and chips of paint in my hair and clothes. I was on a mission.

Back home, I sanded. Sanded. Sanded. Sanded and sanded. When I finally started breaking through the paint, I knew all of my effort was worth the wait. I was as proud of how it was turning out as I’d of been if I won a Miss America pageant. There are few things more rewarding than doing something ourselves.

DIY Shabby Chic Child's Chair

DIY Shabby Chic Child's Chair

DIY Shabby Chic Child's Chair

I absolutely love how the chair turned out. I still haven’t found the perfect spot for it in my new home but I will. For now, the kids still fight over it and I still love to admire it.

DIY Shabby Chic Child’s Chair

DIY Shabby Chic Child’s Chair

DIY Shabby Chic Child’s Chair

DIY Shabby Chic Child’s Chair

DIY Shabby Chic Child’s Chair

What was your last or what is your current DIY project?

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30 Comments

  1. Lynndee

    December 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    That is so cute! I hope to do something like that in the future too. :)

  2. Erin Kennedy

    December 22, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I love this! It reminds me of a chair I had in my room when I was a little girl.

  3. Erica

    December 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    What a fun way to make old things look new. I love how it turned out and now I want to do something too.

  4. Krystal

    December 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I wish I had the know how to do this. I’;ve always wanted to redecorate and do DIY like this.

  5. Risa

    December 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I would love to find the time and the energy to things like this! It looks like it turned out great!

  6. Margarita Ibbott

    December 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I don’t have a project in the works yet but I do have a bamboo side table I really want to make over. BTW , all that sanding paid off, your chairs are GORGEOUS.

  7. Tonya C

    December 21, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I’m not a fan of Shabby Chic. I do love the look of your chair though!

  8. Ann Bacciaglia

    December 20, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    The chair loos amazing. It was definitely worth all your hard work.

  9. Rosey

    December 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    My current DIY project is a dresser that has been sitting waiting for to get un-chicken enough to DIMyself. It’s going on being in the garage for 3yrs now. -_-

  10. Bonnie @ wemake7

    December 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    That looks very nice. You did a great job. I do DIY projects a lot but have never done anything with furniture before.

  11. Elizabeth O

    December 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Too cute! I’m loving the outcome. I’m not much of a DIY person but I you did a wonderful job!

  12. Regina

    December 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I love the shabby chic style furniture. You did a great job with the chair, its very chic indeed. :)

  13. paula schuck

    December 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Great job. It looks fantastic actually. I understand the sanding frustration entirely. That can be a total pain in the neck!!

  14. Brandy

    December 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

    What a fantastic DIY project, I am not that crafty nor do I have the tools. I love how crafty you are, this will certainly help many others seeking to DIY like this. Very beauitful!

  15. Kori

    December 20, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I love how that turned out! I have a soft spot for shabby chic myself.

  16. Manu Kalia

    December 20, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I’m going to learn doing some of this in a few years. Glad to know this.

  17. HilLesha

    December 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This sounds like what I went through when I was trying to sand a trunk of mine that I had as a child, which reminds me: I still have more sanding to do! All of the hard work paid off for you, though, because everything turned out so beautifully. :)

  18. Michelle Hwee

    December 20, 2014 at 1:05 am

    This is so cute! I love the fabric of it. Great DIY product :)

  19. Liz Mays

    December 19, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I’ve never undertaken any DIY furniture project, but I hope to do that one day. The chair came out looking pretty incredible!

  20. Touristmeetstraveler

    December 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Wow this must have been really hard to do, but it surely paid off so much!

  21. ourfamilyworld

    December 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    The chair looks so nice, I can’t even imagine how much sanding it must have took; it was well worth!

  22. Debbie

    December 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I love the chair!! When I read, “combine new, retro, eclectic, cottage, vintage, boho, hippie, Shabby Chic and country French style,” it spoke to me. This is exactly what I like as well. Boho and hippie, with a tad of French county, are in my blood. :)

  23. Nancy

    December 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Good on you for DIY’ing, the chair turned out great! I however, don’t have the patience for it. Lol!

  24. Sara-Jayne

    December 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve got too much Christmas prep at the moment, but the kitchen is next on my list! I admire your efforts – I HATE sanding!

  25. Nina Say

    December 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I love this so much. It looks like it would belong in a beautiful cottage in some majestic meadow somewhere.

  26. Heather

    December 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Its beautiful! Looks like it just needed a little love!

  27. Tanya Coffman

    December 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I love what you did with that chair…especially the fabric print! I would be one happy writer using that chair :D

  28. Stephanie

    December 19, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Your chair looks fabulous! My current DIY projects are: refinishing a 1940s rocker, painting the kitchen cabinets, installing cabinets into the garage…I don’t sit still much. :) I’m sure you can relate. :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  29. Kathy

    December 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

    You did a wonderful job! I love that look as well and always have. I honestly can’t remember what my last diy project was. I’m not to good with diy stuff. Hopefully someday I’ll think of something!

  30. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    December 19, 2014 at 8:15 am

    That is a great DIY project. It came out great.

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