We ALWAYS love a great upcycle.

Or, in Laura Louise’s case, a restyle!

And, for this project, LL restyled two antique chairs in two different looks. We’re not sure which is our favorite, perhaps you can choose between the two for us!

From Laura Louise:
I’ve been slowly restyling this set of antique chairs and decided to use them for this month’s project. For added fun, I decided to create two looks: one more modern and the other more shabby chic.

When working with antique chairs it’s important to prep them well with a good cleaning so that’s where I started. If you’re worried about possible bleed through because of old stain or paint, I recommend using Undercover Primer to start.

For the modern look, I used Magical Chaulk Paint in Blackberry Cobbler, a very pretty navy blue. After two coats, I blended in Liquid Pixie Dust in Statuary, added it to the balls of the front feet and then dry brushed the rest of the chair. It instantly added a wonderful metallic shine.

For the shabby chic look, I first added a base coast of Magical Chaulk Paint in Cream Puff and then blended Sugared Glass and Blackberry Cobbler. After two coats of blending, I used a wipey to wet distress the whole chair. An easy way to distress with these chaulk-style paints!

For the already reupholstered seat, I added to its look by using Liquid Pixie Dust in Statuary directly on the fabric using the Water Girl sprayer and my Lil’ D brush. Once dry, I sanded it down a bit and waxed it with the Bee’s Knees wax in Icicle.

For the unfinished seat, I added new foam and fabric, stapling it to the original base and then screwing back on to the chair. Easy peasy!

To completely finish these restyled chairs, I used the Bee’s Knees wax in Icicle which added a protective top coat and a beautiful finish.

You can get all LL’s tips on restyling an antique chair in her tutorial:

It’s safe to say we love both these looks but we’d love to know which is your favorite –

just drop us a note below to let us know!


Until next time,

The Paint Pixies