Vintage Child's Chair Upcycle With Milk Paint & Stencils


 I found this vintage child's school chair at a local antique/consignment shop last week for $5.

As you know, I love chairs.  I thought I would give this little chair a makeover!



 First I cleaned the little chair with Dawn Dish Soap hot water, along with KRUD KUTTER Tough Task Remover for tougher grime.

Under the seat of the chair, I found a wad of petrified gum!

I think the chair was made by the Great Lakes Seating Company.  It looks like a chair I could have sat in during elementary school back in the 1960's.

I mixed up a jar of Homestead House Milk Paint in Bayberry.  I think milk paint is a good choice for the rustic project that I have in mind.

The chair also had a repair to one of the legs here.

After brushing on a couple of coats of Bayberry milk paint, I sanded the chair using 100 grit sandpaper.

I pulled out one of my favorite stencils, Christmas Trees, from last Christmas by *Old Sign Stencils.

I know it's early to think about Christmas, but when I find something thrifting that will work for Christmas decor, I grab it.  I can't wait until November to craft or upcycle my Christmas decor.  Maybe you will want to be on the lookout for a Christmas chair.

I placed the four trees on the right of the stencil on the center front of my chair.

The four trees were stenciled with Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain.

I folded the stencil and stuffed it through the back opening, so I could stencil the word Trees at the center back of the seat.

I lightly distressed the stenciling with 220 grit sandpaper.

The chair back was stenciled with Pine . Spruce .  Fir.

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I lightly waxed the chair with Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Clear.  I applied it with an INTEX SUPPLY Fiber Rag.  I also wiped it down with a second fiber rag after the wax was dry.

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The little chair is perfect with Christmas decor, but could also work as lake home or cabin decor.

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All prices on the Old Sign Stencils are in Canadian currency, but there is a handy conversion link for your convenience.

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.
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Other stencil project ideas:
Old Sign Stencils - Christmas Trees

Old Sign Stencils - Christmas Trees

Old Sign Stencils - Christmas Trees



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5 comments

  1. Wow! This is a perfect makeover for that Little chair! I Love it!!

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  2. This little chair is so adorable! I can remember as a kid in school there was always gum under the desk haha!

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  3. This turned out so cute and festive

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  4. Off the charts adorable Carlene! Love the colour so much and the clever lettering placement on the chair back!

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  5. I have two little chairs I've wanted to paint but just have not. This might just be the inspiration I have been waiting for. So cute, and the crate too.

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