Friday, July 22, 2011

Painting with Sarah at Modern Country Style

It is my dad's fault that I never learned to paint. :-) He is a great painter and a perfectionist, so I just called him when I needed something painted. I would cook up a storm while he worked his magic.

But last year it was time for me to venture out on my own . . .


I was done with my old plastic
 patio chairs being white.



So I spray painted them lime green . . .
all by my little old self.

Now that I have moved about 2,000 miles away, no more calling dad. Instead, I am calling on my  cyber neighbor, Sarah at Modern Country Style, who lives 4,000 miles away.

Sarah is teaching a series on painting and has even offered to give advice on today's link. So Sarah, here is my piece that I want to paint.




I bought it in Seattle at a garage sale for $20. I love the shape, which I learned from you, is the first thing that matters. It is scratched and cracked in spots. I am thinking of maybe a celery green. What do you think, Sarah? Any advice?

In just a few weeks, our daughter, Christy is moving to Bicester, England and will be real neighbors with Sarah. They are already planning on meeting up. That makes this mom very happy indeed.


Today I am linking up with Sarah at Modern Country Style, one of my favorite blogs. It is a big painting party. Check it out.

ps. You are welcome to sign up for my fun jewelry giveaway.



21 comments:

  1. I had no idea you could paint those white lawn chairs! Did you have to do anything else to them to prepare them to be painted? I think I may try this!!

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  2. Deanna, My chairs were super old. So I washed them very well, did a light sanding with super fine sand paper and prayed them with spray paint. Super easy.

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  3. I love the colour you chose for the chairs, so perfect to brighten things up! I would sand your wood piece lightly, prime it with a high stick primer (ask the Home Depot folks, they sell a really good one) and then paint with your choice of paint colour. Good luck!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, too.

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  4. Hello Glenda, my gorgeous cyber neighbour!! Well, I'd say that you picked out a GREAT piece to paint. I'd say celery green would look fab.

    Lookinbng at the picture, I think you should use a clear wax over the paint and then wipe some dark wax on, and then smear it off again (as easy as it sounds!). The clear wax will allow the dark wax to move around very easily. a small amount of dark wax will stay in the grooves around the edge of the top and pick out the pattern on the front of the cupboard too. Also, have you considered using a white undercoat so that you can sand back to it on the corner, and anywhere it would receive extra wear? If you prefer a cleaner look (I do!!) thenb don't do this but if you're a fan of shabby chic then that's definitely the way to go!!

    I hope that helps, my lovely.

    Thank you so much for linking up to my Paint, Please link party.

    Sarahxxxxx

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  5. The chairs are such a fun color! Love the new piece you purchased and can't wait to see how it'll turn out.

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  6. Hi Glenda, thank you for visiting my blog! Isn't it amazing how a bit of color adds SO MUCH to the whole picture!? I can't wait to see the painted table. Go for it!

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  7. How fun! I love anything lime green and can't wait to see what the new/old piece is like when you're finished.

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  8. That is so very
    cool that your daughter
    will meet Sarah! And
    love that table. Can't
    wait to see how it turns
    out!!
    xx Suzanne

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  9. Fantastic job on the chairs! I had no idea you could paint them either. I thought the paint would just peel off. Love your little cupboard - such a great shape and those legs are to die for. Seeing you live by the water, I would be inclined to give it a more "beachy" look and perhaps use a turquoisey blue colour - sort of similar to what Deborah has used (#3). I'm sure however it will be beautiful - whatever you decide. Have fun! ;)Sharyne

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  10. I love that cute little cupboard...can't wait to see how it looks when you paint it up! Thanks for leaving me a sweet comment on my blog :)
    Cas x

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  11. Your table is going to look lovely...it has good bones!! I love the legs on it. I also like the chairs you painted...what a view you had from that spot!! Beautiful!

    XO,
    Jane

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  12. Hi Glenda, popped over from Sarah's blog. I love what you did with your plastic chairs. I have two chairs that I've wanted paint up all summer. I think you've inspired me to go ahead and jump in and do it. Thanks.

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  13. The chairs look great...oh last year I bought spray paint and spray paint and painted anything that would stand still...now I am painting walls.

    I will check out her site, I can always use some instructions and inspiration.

    Have fun...enjoy....paint!!!!!!!!!

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  14. love repainting furniture. I am in the process of working on my dining table. I'm hoping to have a post ready on it this week.
    Your piece is so cool! Isn't it the best fun to find a piece so cheap and then redo it all?
    I used that spray paint for outdoor furniture and painted some outside chairs and they turned out great! What a fun party
    enjoy your weekend:)
    xo

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  15. Your chairs look adorable, and I can't wait to see what you do with your little table. How fun that your daughter will be neighbors with Sarah! Gotta love blogging and all the wonderful people you meet :) On that note, I'm so happy to "meet" you!

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  16. Can't wait to see the wood piece when it is done! The chairs look great! (=

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  17. I am also a beginner as far as painting is concerned and I love what you did with your chairs. I haven't dared to paint furniture yet, but I attend every "class" of Sarah's!

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  18. What a great little cupboard and a bargain at $20. I look foward to seeing what you do with it.
    Thanks
    Kylie

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  19. Love that piece that you want to paint ~ I cannot wait to see the finished product!

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  20. I think green would be lovely. I love the straight and simple lines of the cabinet. Have a wonderful evening, Glenda. Blessings...Mary

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  21. how cool that your daughter is moving to ENGLAND!!! can she put me in her suitcase??! :) very cool! and your chairs turned out great...way to go! no need for dad, you've got this thing...green would be adorable...any color would actually. it's a great shaped little dresser.

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