Happy Weekend friends! Things have been a bit nutty around here cause I seem to have something VERY wrong with my foot and of course it happened the day before we went to Disneyland, so I got to limp around all day…ugh. But as lots of you probably saw on Instagram we had a fantastic time and my lil’ lady got to meet a sorts of characters. We even left the little mister with my mom for the day so that we could have some one on one time with her and I forgot how easy it was to only have one kid to worry about! Ha!
When we got back I had some time to finally fix up this bentwood chair that I found at a thrift shop awhile back. I had seen a spool wrapped bentwood chair in a designer furniture magazine a long time ago and the idea stuck with me. So when I found my own sad little bentwood, I knew I had to give it some love and give it a good ol’ chair makeover.
You may remember awhile back when I found this amazing vintage credenza for a really good deal. I had been using all of my craigslist searching tricks for a really long time before scoring this piece and now with the addition of somewhere to sit to put on your shoes, my entry is really coming together.
This bentwood chair was in pretty good shape when I bought it for only 18 bucks! The woven seat was in perfect condition and so I wasn’t sure if I should paint the whole thing white or leave the seat natural. So I decided to tape off the seat and see, cause I could always go back and paint it white later. But I love that I ended up leaving it natural. It adds some character doesn’t it?
So here is what I did…
I taped off the seat by using small pieces of painters tape to create a circle. And then I just stuffed a circle of paper bag on the underside to protect it too. Once it was all taped and ready, I gave it 2 coats of white gloss spray paint. My favorite brand is Rust-Oleum* because it has primer in it and has really nice coverage. (*affiliate link)
Then I played with my kids in the backyard for awhile while it dried. Yes that is my lil’ lady wearing a helmet while drawing on the outdoor chalkboard…safety first!
I let the chair dry for a couple of hours in the sun.
Then I brought it inside and got to work on the spool wrapped details. I used 3 different colors of embroidery thread and simply tied it on and started wrapping. I found that doing about 3 to 4 loops at a time and then scrunching them down gently and pulling it tight was the best way to go. It also helps to smooth it out with your finger once it is in place.
I did about 1-2 inch color blocks of each color.
Originally, I was going to do a lot more of the thread, but decided that just a few key spots on the chair was perfect. It added just enough interest and a small pop of color, which I love.
I’ve really been focusing on giving my cookie cutter home some character and adding pieces that are a bit more collected looking and this spool wrapped bentwood chair is perfect for that.
Don’t forget to pin any image by hovering over it (except for the one of my kiddos please.)
What do you think? Do you think there is enough “spool wrapping” on this chair? And would you have left the seat natural or painted it white? I’d love to hear your opinions!
The entry is almost complete and it is going to be nice to have a place to put on my shoes, especially with my hurt “hoof” as the hubs has been calling it.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I’ll see you back here later in the week for The Makers and for a Pinterest Challenge update!
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