Monday, January 21, 2013

Chairs - To Paint or Not to Paint?

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had my first Thirty-One party on Friday nigh,t and then had a lazy day on Saturday. I had plans to do a few projects around the house, but I did nothing!

Before we get to the "To Paint or Not To Paint" part of this post, I need to show you what I have done so far.

This is the little sitting nook in our living room. The side of the living room that I did not show you last week when I gave you the living room update.

Current Setup
These chairs were a Craigslist find that I reupholstered, and the table was found by the curb at my neighbor's house. It just needed a little bit of sanding to remove the crackle finish and a can of Heirloom White spray paint.

Table Before

Chairs Before

Both were nice upgrades, but I'm still not sure that it is just right. 

Here is another look at the other side of the room.

There is very large black antique piano that sits next to the chairs. Part of me likes that the rattan is a different tone from everything else in the room, but part of me feels like it is throwing everything WAY off. I really like the chairs. I like the scale. They are comfortable. The price was just right at $40 for the PAIR, plus $20 for the shower curtain from Target that I used to reupholster the seats. My dilemma, To Paint or Not to Paint?

If I paint, they can never be natural rattan again. If I paint, what color do I paint them? My first thought is white, but I like a nice glossy pure white. If I paint the chairs white, what do I do about the heirloom white (more of an off white) table? I already plan to paint the media cabinet white at some point. HELP ME PLEASE! I am certain that if this was someone else's home I would be able to look at it and say,"you need do blah, blah, blah", but I am stuck. Is it the fabric?

Please keep in mind that I prefer a more modern look, and am trying to work with the pieces that I have. 

Here are a few painted chairs that have the nice modern look I would like to achieve. 
Via Young House Love
I REALLY like this green, but I'm not sure it if would be too much.

Via Bower Power

This one is not a chair, but the finish of the plant stand was the same in the before as my chairs.

Via Ana Antunes Home-Styling
Via Ten June

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  1. Hello, I think you would love the effects of a good quality spray painted chairs. But using a final sprayed clear laquered after is important!
    Blessings, Roxy


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