Coat of Many Colors

8.20.2012

Come on in. Have a seat and take your shoes off. No, not really. I don't require shoe removal in my house unless they are terribly muddy. I do like having a chair handy to sit down and use though just in case your shoes do need to come off.


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I picked up this little chair a couple of years ago for forty dollars and it was just a plain brown stain color.

I painted it white the first time and it stayed that way for almost two years. It was being used in one of the guest rooms, but then a vintage French hamper took its place so the chair had no where to go.

I brought it down to see how it would fit in this little spot by the stairs in the foyer and bingo. But the white had to go so out came my paints.

First I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Aubusson. I love that beautiful blue color like the chest in the dining room, but that was too much blue for this area.

Then I decided to paint all over it with CoCo by ASCP. That was fine, but still not quite right.

So I left the legs in CoCo and painted the seat and back with Chateau Gray.

Then I did lots of heavy distressing followed by clear and dark waxes.

Now it was just right.

I cut these hydrangeas and stuck them in this basket for some added color. These have dried perfectly just sitting in this basket the past week.

Now if anyone needs to remove their shoes there is a spot. My son and his family all start taking their shoes off when they visit even though I tell them they don't have to. I haven't seen them since  May and we will be going for a little visit this weekend. Can't wait.


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68 comments:

  1. It looks great Kim! I love it!

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  2. Your chair turned out great, Kim. I like the two coordinated colors. It fits the spot beautifully. Have fun on your visit- xo Diana

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  3. I'm visiting you from BNOTP's MM. Your chair is absolutely beautiful. You chose the perfect spot for it.
    http://www.laurieslittlebitsofcreativity.com/

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  4. Love the chair...but I especially LOVE the hydrangeas. I miss mine from my home in the ATL. They were always spectacular:) Have a great day!

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  5. I call ours the chameleon chair. We have a few of those too!

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  6. Kim,
    Your chair turned out lovely and the basket of hydrangeas compliments it beautifully. I think you've found a perfect and functional spot for it. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your son and his family.
    Your Friend,
    Deborah
    FairfieldHouseNJ.com

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  7. Kim,
    LOVE those color combinations! I just tried coco this past weekend and I am in love with that color! Don't know why I did not try it before.We take our shoes off in our home.We have some carpet and some wood.If it were all wood like our last home I would not care.But I don't want dirty shoes on my carpet.
    xx
    Anne

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  8. I am so jealous of your hydrangeas. All of mine are so sad because we have had watering restrictions put upon us. Nice chair! Oh, I make my kids take their shoes off because they are sandy and gritty.

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  9. The chair looks perfect. Great spot for it and the hydrangeas are stunning. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Love that chair, Kim! It's so nice when you have a piece that can move around like that. My daughter and son-in-law do the same thing; and I say the same thing. I think they are just so used to doing it at their house it is automatic when they come here.

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  11. Love. Love. Love it!!! The hydrangeas are so pretty! =)

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  12. Kim, that chair is lovely. Makes me want to paint and distress my chair. The hydrangeas looks fabulous! I didn't know they dry so well. Happy Monday! :) Come see just some cute photos...:)

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  13. Cute chair, Kim! And those hydrangeas are just beautiful!

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  14. As much as I love the chair and hydrangeas I think the pillow steals the show. :o) Well said.

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  15. It is perfect for that spot, Kim. And, the color is perfect, too.

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  16. Looks like a perfect fit. The basket of hydrangeas is gorgeous!

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  17. looks very nice! and I love how hydrangeas will dry perfectly just sitting around! pop them in a vase (sans water) and you'll have a beautiful dried arrangement in days!!

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  18. I love that little chair Kim! Looks great there. I like a chair too for the taking on and off shoes. I don't have one in this house though..I need it!

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  19. Such a cute little spot! Very inviting

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  20. love the chair and the pillow is the perfect finishing touch!

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  21. Your chair is adorable! Maybe i should try putting a chair in my mudroom/laundry room ...

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  22. Great paint job on the chair Kim, I love all those layers!

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  23. I love the chair there and the finish you put on it. I have a bench in my entry but nobody gets the hint to take off their shoes...

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  24. The chair looks fantastic. I love the finish.

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  25. The finish on the chair is perfectly distressed. Lovely color! Love the hydrangeas too!

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  26. So pretty, Kim! I love Chateau Gray; it's a gorgeous color. Great choice!

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  27. Your little chair looks just perfect in it's new spot....love the color too!!! Your hydrangeas are soooooo GORGEOUS!!!!
    ~Des

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  28. Great job, your chair looks great. Great minds think alike, I just did a chair redo to have a handy shoe spot in our room! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Kim,

    I love the patina of the chair. It's perfect! Layers and layers of paint and the waxing make a piece of art!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  30. I have that same chair. It is an Ethan Allen made in USA in the sixties and sturdy as a rock. It will last forever.

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  31. What a beautiful chair, Kim! The way you finished it is perfect in that space. I've been drying hydrangea, too, but mine are blue and lavender. Yours are so lovely!

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  32. oops...we take our shoes off at home (but put socks on or house shoes)...it's just a habit. I can see Naomi just sitting on that beautiful chair singing, next time we come.

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  33. I have almost the same chair. My back is a little bit different, but the turnings are the same. I bought it back in the 70s and antiqued it back then with a painting kit that was popular. I still love it to this day. It's arms have a lovely patina to them now. I'll never get rid of it. And it looks great there by the stairs!

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  34. Love the layers on the chair! It has a great shape too. It looks perfect there!

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  35. You painted this chair to perfection, Kim! I used ASCP to paint some chairs last week for the first time and I can't wait to use it some more. I have a piece in my living room my husband finally agreed to let me paint... I have plans to paint it Coco, but I love the way the Chateau Gray looks too after seeing your chair.

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  36. Great job Kim. Love the hydrangeas sitting next to it. A perfect vignette.

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  37. Your coats of many colors made this chair look so authentically aged! Love the hydrangeas next to it!!!

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  38. Nice job, Kim! The little pillow is so cute!

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  39. First of all...I can not believe anything stayed painted one color for 2 years :)
    2nd....I love a little chair like that .....so cute!

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  40. Your chair turned out fabulous.
    Love the pictures over top.
    You must surely miss your family. I can't go a week without seeing mine.
    Have a safe trip.

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  41. Love the shape of the chair and the paint job!

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  42. Sweet little chair, and I love the different colors used! That top framed print over it is really interesting and pretty! Would love to see a close-up and the history of it!

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  43. Now your pretty chair has the perfect spot! And I love the dog pillow, as you would know.
    Brenda

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  44. That finish is awesome!! We are take your shoes off kind of family. Everyone has horrible allergies and it helps. So I believe from everything I read!

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  45. Love the chair :) I was just wondering about the picture of the girl with the violin ... do you know who the artist is? I have seen it a few times on your blog and it makes me smile everytime. :)

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  46. The artist is Rodo Boulanger. It is a copy of course. Thanks.

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  47. I love how your chair looks now! It has such a unique shape to it too. I think the paint makes it look like a fine antique.

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  48. I have that same chair but it is still in the brown stain. Love what you have done to yours and now I am inspired to paint mine too.

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  49. Love the chair...it turned out great! Love that pillow too and oh so true!
    Cindy

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  50. I just love this chair and the color. The basket of hydrangeas next to it is beautiful!

    Cynthia

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  51. Enjoy your visit with your grands Kim. The chair looks great but the hydrangeas dried beautifully. Mine did terribly this year:-( I think I have a brown thumb.

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  52. That is a pretty little spot, Kim. The chair with the layers of colour and distressing is very pretty. I have a couple that need painting. Enjoy your time with your family.

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  53. I like the chair but I Love the pillow.

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  54. I love all the layers- the chair is just right for that spot. I haven't done any layering projects, need to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration, Kim! :)

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  55. Love the detail on that chair, the back is so pretty! LOVE how you have painted it, you are a master of ASCP!!!! Love the hydrangeas too, I am drying them like crazy since I won't have all my bushes at the new house.....YET! Love the picture of the little girl with the violin too. XO, Pinky

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  56. Paint and pillow perfection!!! :)

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  57. Kim...you have such a great talent for making furniture look so authentically aged!!! I love that chair in that space!!...

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  58. What a perfect combination of paint colors! So glad you shared this.

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  59. Great job! Looks like it has been around, feeling the love, for many years! Love the pillow too!

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  60. Your chair is gorgeous! I wish had the patience to paint furniture like that. I think I will leave it to people like you that have such talent!

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  61. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the paint color and you did an amazing job on the distressing. Beautiful! I'd love for you to share it at my Twirl & Take a Bow party at www.houseontheway.com. It's today through Sunday. Hope you can stop by!
    Leslie

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  62. I love it, Kim. Perfect for that spot. Have fun visiting the family :)

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  63. Love this, Kim! It's a great color, and it really complements the style of the chair.

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  64. All those layers of paint make for a pretty and interesting chair, Kim. :-) I always need a place to sit my butt when I take off my shoes that have laces! LOL

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  65. I love the color of your hydrangeas, I also cut mine and let them dry too, they are many colors of blues, pinks, purples but not this pretty green. I just love that violin picture, everytime I see it in your photos it makes me smile...

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  66. Fantastic!!! I love hydrangeas!! I MUST go pick mine tomorrow before I miss them!!! This is so quaint and pretty!

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  67. Love the layers showing through on your chair.
    Mary Alice

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