This little guy has been perched in the garage for almost a year. $5. The seller was basically charging me his dump fee.
I bought it with this project in mind so file this away under ‘better late than never.’ It’s a diminutive chair, but I still finished it during one viewing of Argo and an SNL rerun (so about 3 hours). The painting took an extra 45 minutes or so the next day.
With decoupage in mind, I’ve had a thrifted Encyclopedia in my craft dresser for a while. (I used it for these storage drawers, and for this bowl…) I cut each page into smaller rectangles and cleaned the chair with Windex to remove any dust or crud on the surface.
Then I hunkered down with my Mod Podge (I typically use the same basic one). No trick here, I just worked to cover every surface of the chair using smaller pieces of my paper when necessary and my basic foam craft brush. (Even if you’re not wild about the finished product, the chance to peel off so much Mod Podge from your fingers is kinda worth the time spent, no?)
The next day, once the Mod Podge was all dry, I “dipped” the legs and the top inch of the chair back with the same bright green paint I used for this chair and this tray. I used painter’s tape; there were a few places where it pulled the paper off a bit, but I just glued another little strip of encyclopedia paper right on top.
Total cost? $5 for the chair. $2 for the encyclopedia. I had the Mod Podge and the brush and the paint. Help me out here, but that’s less than $10 for a new little perch. I probably won’t use it as a chair, but perhaps as a small table in a bathroom or a hallway.
p.s. What would a post be without a shot of my photo assistants. (My Oliver Explanation of the Day: that’s his sister’s St. Patrick’s Day crown and a Hello Kitty band aid.)
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