Lisa Cestkowski
Lisa Cestkowski
  • Hometalker
  • Columbus, WI

Ohio Star Chair


I fixed an old chair that was falling apart, applied a fresh coat of chalk paint to it and painted an Ohio star quilt block pattern on the seat. Then I distressed the edges of the chair and sealed it with a coat of antique wax.
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Step 1: I started with a chair that was literally falling apart. The first thing I had to do was assess the damage and buy a dowel to replace a missing spindle.
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Step 2: I glued all the spindles, including the new dowel I had bought to replace the missing one, into place.
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Step 3: I sanded the chair to get rid of the shiny, blotchy gloss varnish.
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Step 4: I basecoated the chair with some black chalk paint.
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Step 5: I made a 12-inch by 12-inch pattern out of a piece of newspaper and centered that on the chair seat.
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Step 6: I traced around the pattern with a white colored pencil.
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Step 7: I measured and marked every 3 inches around the square and then connected the dots to create a grid.
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Step 8: Using a straight edge, I drew lines from corner to corner to turn my squares into triangles.
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Step 9: I wrote a "W" on each triangle I wanted to paint white.
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Step 10: I painted the triangles with white chalk paint.
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Step 11: Once all my white triangles were filled in, I erased the lines I had drawn with the colored pencil.
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Step 12: This was already an old chair with cracks in the wood. To make the paint job match the chair's aged appearance, I distressed the edges with some fine grit sandpaper.
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Step 13: I applied some antique wax with a soft rag and wiped off the excess.
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Step 14: When the wax was dry, I buffed it with a clean dry cloth.
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Here's the finished chair.

Suggested materials:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint  (Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store)
  • Folk Art Home Decor Antique Wax  (Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store)
Lisa Cestkowski

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  • Rog2003217
    on Sep 5, 2016

    wouldn't it be better to varnish the chair as waxing needs to be done on a regular basis?

    • Lisa Cestkowski
      on Sep 6, 2016

      Varnish is definitely longer lasting. I just like the look of wax better, especially over chalk paint. It leaves a totally flat finish and it doesn't yellow like a lot of varnishes do.

  • Jennie Lee
    on Sep 5, 2016

    Is there a particular reason you chose to sand off the varnish instead of using something like Citristrip? (I recently discovered Citristrip, and I love it.)

    • Lisa Cestkowski
      on Sep 6, 2016

      Citristrip is great especially if you've got multiple layers of paint to remove, but this chair only had one coat of varnish to take off. I knew I could do it pretty quickly with my sander.

  • Beverly Luke
    on Sep 28, 2016

    In step 11 you said you erased your lines with colored pencil but I see an eraser lying on the chair. Which did you use?

    • Lisa Cestkowski
      on Sep 30, 2016

      Sorry. My wording was unclear. I drew the lines with the colored pencil. I erased them with the pink eraser you see in the picture.

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