I have another fabulous yard sale makeover to share today! You all know I love finding diamonds in the rough at yard sales and these fantastic antique folding chairs were definitely diamonds in the rough! (Also, if you haven’t checked out my series on How to Shop Yard Sales like a Pro, go read it now! I’m sharing all of my tricks for finding awesome stuff at rock bottom prices.)
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These chairs were in really rough condition, but the shape is darling and I was able to get them for only $3 each! Even though the finish was very rough, I still thought they were awesome. And they certainly beat the ugly metal folding chairs we use these days!
I painted these chairs with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in old white. Old white is an off white that has a lot of yellow to it. I usually go more for pure whites, but I really liked how this color complimented the chairs. Also, the richer color meant I didn’t have to worry so much about the old dark finish bleeding through.
And then I figured, why not add some numbers for character. I used some basic number stencils to paint on the numbers – you can usually find these stencils at home improvement stores for a couple of bucks or here is a similar set on Amazon. Just tape the stencil in place with painter’s tape and lightly dab on the paint. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in graphite to do the numbers.
My husband asked what the numbers stood for and I had to break the news that they don’t stand for anything – they just look cool. And they make people like him ask silly questions.
I think this pair looks great now and you really can’t go wrong with a cute set of folding chairs. You can tuck one away in the corner. Pull them up to a breakfast table. Use one at a desk. Or even use one as a small side table.
And of course you could store them away for when extra guests are around. Look how skinny they fold up – they are only about 3 inches thick!
Pretty and functional – I love it.
This was actually my first time using ASCP in old white though I have used pure white several times. It definitely has a more ivory, aged tone to it. Here is a side by side comparison to give you more of an idea of the difference. The two whites really do give a completely different feel.
So which white do you prefer – the more vintagey old white or the fresher pure white?