Furniture Makeovers

French Chair Makeover in Coastal Color

French chairs get a light and airy coastal color makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint |

French chair.

Coastal color.

Traditional decor.

No identity crisis here.  Huuuum, no.   Not here.  LOL.

Honestly, it’s amazing to see how this banged-up chair got a fresh updo and now feels right at home in my traditional decor.  Hello and welcome to the June challenge of the DIY Furniture Girls.  This month is all about breezy and light makeovers in a coastal theme.  I have to admit, this challenge was a tough one for me….until I realized that coastal isn’t about looking “beachy,” it’s about layering color and texture.

French chairs that were banged-up and out-of-date get refreshed with a coastal color |

So I when found these two lovelies tucked away in my out-of-date furniture stash, I had a coastal size a-ha moment.  Why not mix all of this yummy texture with the lighter side of my favorite jewel tone?

So after all of the bumps and bruises were sanded smooth, the rest of the chair was sanded to make the finish a little less slick.  Back in the day, this was called “giving it tooth.”  And having “tooth” just helps to make the paint stick a little easier.

French chairs have all of the bumps and bruises sanded before painting in a fresh, coastal color |

Two coats of Fusion Mineral paint in the color Inglenook were applied with a 2-inch paint brush.

French chairs get a sweet refresh in a cool, coastal color |

When the first two coats were dry, a rusty color chalk paint was diluted and applied to highlight the lines.  Then a charcoal-colored chalk paint was dabbed into the corners of the lattice area.  After this paint dried, a very light coat of Fusion was washed over the charcoal to create a layered look.

French chairs are refreshed to a coastal color using Fusion Mineral paint and then highlighted with a bit of watered-down chalk paint |

Once the layers are good and dry, a very fine grit sandpaper can buff the paint to a buttery-smooth finish.  I usually use worn-out 220 or 240-grit.

French chairs are refreshed using the lighter side of these rich jewel tones |

Then simply wipe away the dust.  There usually isn’t much and it easily cleans up with a slightly damp cloth.

French chairs are refinished in Fusion Mineral paint for a fresh coastal flair |

Fusion Mineral paint does not require a topcoat and it dries to a super-strong, water-proof finish.  And no, this is not a sponsored post, I just used some left-over Fusion paint because I love it so much.  Now, I can’t stop going on and on. 🙂

French chairs are refinished using Fusion Mineral paint in Inglenook and chalk paint highlights |

If  you’d like more information about Fusion Mineral paint, my friend Melanie is a Certified Fusion Mentor and Merchant.  She ships paint every day.  For convenience, here’s the link to her blog.

And, as always, thanks so much for spending a few minutes of your day with me.

French chair makeover in a light and airy coastal color using Fusion Mineral Paint |

And now…more Coastal Inspiration from my sweet bloggy friends….

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  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 June 23, 2016 at 6:09 am

    The chair looks great and blends right in with the traditional style.

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 6:16 am

      Thanks, Deb… I was lucky to have two and they are right at home in the sunroom..

  • Reply My Creative Days June 23, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I love the color you chose. So pretty!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Thanks, Lindsay.

  • Reply christykjames June 23, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Such a lovely chair, Susie! The color is perfect! XO

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks, Christy. Appreciate hearing this from a coastal expert!! XO

  • Reply Lucy ~ Patina Paradise June 23, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I didn’t know aqua was your favourite color! ;o) The chair looks great Susie! And I’ll bet it looks great with all of your other aqua pieces!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks, Lucy. Well…the richer jewel tones of aqua….But…honestly, I love all colors!!

  • Reply Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY) June 23, 2016 at 11:06 am

    It really does fit right in! The color is perfectly coastal~

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks, Karin. I was a little worried….so encouraged by your kind words.

  • Reply Marie, The Interior Frugalista June 23, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Love the layers of color on these chairs Suzie! They totally would work with dark traditional woods or paired with coastal white. Beautiful job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks, Marie. These chairs will likely get dragged all over the house. They need to work. Thanks for your encouraging words.

  • Reply Toni @ Small Home Soul June 23, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I love that chair, and that color is so beautiful! I wonder if my chairs this color would go with the darker table (which my husband refuses to let me paint)?

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks, Toni. I know what you mean. Color choice can be totally nervewrecking.

  • Reply Jeanie June 23, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    It looks amazing. I love the layering technique that you used. It adds subtle depth and warmth to the chair. You are so talented!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks, Jeanie..appreciate your kind words so much.

  • Reply Amy | Canary Street Crafts June 23, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    This is a gorgeous color, Susie! Such a pretty makeover.

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks, Amy… This was really a tough challenge for me, but I’m thrilled with the chairs…

  • Reply Debbie June 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I love your New Chair. The softness of color and the layers all make it look like it has been in a beach house for a while. I have never been able to paint my worn pieces…I usually fall in love with them as they are and don’t want to change their personalities. I have one that isn’t so old and special that I am going to give a paint over to. Maybe once I do it I won’t be thinking twice about it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks, Debbie. I have painted several of my pieces and have been very happy with all of them. Good luck with your piece. Give me a holler if you have any questions.

  • Reply paulasweetpea June 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    The blue with the other two colors layered over looks so pretty on this chair. It looks great post-makeover!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks, Paula. I never can seem to use just one color of paint…LOL..

  • Reply Nila Duggan June 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    This came out great! I really love that pastel blue!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 24, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks, Nila. Me, too….Fusion makes some great colors.

  • Reply Karen Marie Kedzuch June 24, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Well Miss Susie, You never cease to surprise me and, you did it again. My friend the color bug of rainbows has created a beautiful look with your layering talent. I was wondering if this chair might land in the guest room with the nightstand? Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 24, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      LOL…Thanks Karen. Actually, this chair is one of a pair. I think they will go in the sunroom for now… 🙂

  • Reply Sam@Raggedy Bits June 25, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Such a beautiful transformation! Love the colour you chose so charming and peaceful! 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Sam. It really does go well with the other colors in the house. I am thrilled with the outcome.

  • Reply Heather Northington June 27, 2016 at 12:36 am

    LOVE this color! It looks amazing. Very coastal and elegant too. Great transformation!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 28, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks Heather.. I must agree about the color. It is the ultimate coastal mellow.

  • Reply Marcie Lovett June 28, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I liked them before, but the after is amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 28, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Marcie….and thanks. Well, we used them for many years with the original color and loved them. But after years of boys….it was time for a refresh.. LOL

  • Reply Kathy Owen June 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I love furniture with bumps and bruises! The little chair is perfect now Susie!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 28, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      LOL….thanks Kathy. I actually have a pair of these little beauties. I’m thrilled with the color.

  • Reply justthewoods August 12, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Your chair looks great! I like the “this is not a sponsored post” hahaha .. I hate chairs – I’ll be sending my chairs down to you from now on 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 12, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Kathleen. Send your chairs. I’ll do my best for you.

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