Vintage (?) Decorative Chair Upcycled

''Reclamation Artist'' is now one of my unofficial titles. This little chair was going to put that to the test. See what you think ( about the chair anyway).
My friend Alicia Beck, from Up the Creek Ladies consignment picked up this little chair recently to have it brought back to life and donated for a local fundraiser to benefit an area shelter.
Alicia asked me to see what could be done but to get to what we see here was going to require a little work.
What an opportunity, though. The bird and birdhouse and welcome plaque were removed. Then using a door hinge all the loose paint was removed. I used the hinge so the texture of the wood would not be lost by sanding.
It took about two hours to get all the paint removed, and just a little while longer to brush out any of the loose wood fibers.
The feet were in rough shape but cutting them away was only a remote option.
After the paint removal was done I mixed a lavender color using Zinsser primer crimson and thalo blue and applied two coats as a base.
Though in this photo the color does not look very dark after the base coats had dried a deep purple was painted on the chair and it was ready for the embellishments.
Since the chair is purple I decided to paint the bird piece like a goldfinch. A little imagination may be required to see it. Each of the pieces in this photo were sanded and primed then the top coat was added.
The birdhouse and other pieces were reattached and a random design was painted on . There was to be a vine and white flowers. to compliment rest of the chair.
Having a lot of space to work with I added butterflies to each side and some flowers to the feet.
I neglected to take a photo of what was done for the feet. So as not to make the supports stand out pieces were cut out of a shake shingle painted purple and adding a flower garden where the arch is on each side the pieces were then glued to the inside of the chair. Two coats of Rustoleum clear gloss was then applied to the chair, each coat allowed time to dry. If interested you can check out the Events section at
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