The last few weeks have been a complete whirlwind of travel and events I have had absolutely no time to keep my blog updated! I’ve been bouncing around from photoshoots to fashion shows to every kind of event in between. While I am completely thrilled Mrs. Vintage has taken off they way it has, I need to keep in mind that blogging is the only way for me to let you know exactly what I’ve been up to! So I’m going to do my best this month to not wait SO long between posts!
Today’s post is more of a DIY tutorial, recently featured on A Little Happy Blog. I used these gorgeous bentwood chairs in my peacock-inspired, engagement party photoshoot. I wanted something streamlined and elegant with a touch of sparkle. I think they turned out great! I would love to know what you think or if you’re trying a DIY of your own! ~Julia xox
This project wasn’t exactly easy, but the result is totally worth the extra elbow grease. First thing to do is find six bentwood chairs. They should be matching in terms of style, not color because we are painting them!
Next, you need to sand. I know, it’s a pain, but if you don’t sand the paint won’t stick. Trust me. I did a once over on each chair with my sandpaper, and then cleaned each chair with soapy warm water. It’s important that you remove any dust that may be on the chairs from sanding.
Once you’ve sanded and cleaned each chair it’s time for primer. Primer in sort of an insurance that your paint will stick to the furniture, and also makes for a smooth application of your paint. I used Bullseye 123 Spray primer, it’s really the best I’ve found. It goes on strong and is easy to use. I let my chairs dry for 24 hours before applying the topcoat of paint.
Once the primer is fully dry the chairs are ready to paint! In this case we are using Cottage White. It seems obvious, but be sure to use a good paintbrush, it really makes life easier.
For most of my painted furniture DIYs I use two coats of paint. It’s more work, but let’s be honest, we all know two coats is better than one. After the paint dries for another 24 hours use a tape measure and measure 6” from the bottom of the back legs. Make a mark in pencil, and then wrap around blue painters tape at the 6” mark.
Next, lay down a 6’ x 9’ drop cloth because there is about to be A WHOLE LOT OF GLITTER! I used a paintbrush to paint Mod Podge on the bottoms of back legs. Lay the chair down and just pour on the glitter. One thing that really helped me was to pour the glitter onto the chair while holding a paper plate underneath. That way you can catch and reuse some of the glitter.When all the glitter is dry (about 12 hours) I sprayed a clear coat sealer on the chairs to protect the white paint. After the sealer is applied, you can also apply a coat of wax, which will help keep the white painted wood clean.
Aren’t they just beautiful!? Thanks again to Maile Lani Photography for capturing the whole shoot on film! I can’t wait to share with you the rest of the pics from the engagement party shoot!