Red Chair Re-Do

Happy Monday!!! I hope all of you had a fabulous, relaxing weekend.

My bathroom is finished being tiled!! Woohoo! It is “amazingly amazing”.  Brandon (my s-in-law) did a great job and put up with me changing just a few little tiny things…like the back splash on the back of the vanity (I know he was muttering under his breath…something about a m-in-law who is a pain in the %@#*) :-).  I had planned on showing pictures, but I think I’ll keep you in suspense until it’s completely done and do a big UNVEILING.  Then you will want to keep coming back! ha! Just kidding (about the coming back…but I would like that).

So here is a little red chair that I had so much fun re-doing.  I got 2 of these chairs for $14.50 at AMVets – $7.25 each! I did them both different, and will be done with the 2nd one next week.

I apologize for these pics in advance. Not my best shots…I can’t do anything under pressure.  I was in a hurry…as usual it seems these days…me always fighting the clock….that will be a different post that will be filed under RAMBLINGS. Ha!

Here is what the chair looked like before:

And here is the After:

What do you think? Love the Red?

Here is a few up close and personals 🙂

I wiped down the chairs, filled in a few cracks with a wood filler, sanded, and painted the chair with Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk (red).  It took 3 coats to cover it thoroughly (you know how that red is…and Annie’s is no different).  Next, I distressed (didn’t do a lot of it) and then applied clear wax, buffed and applied a very light coat of dark wax.  Still needs to be buffed, but wanted the waxes to get good and hard.

What am I going to do with it? I have no idea.  Perhaps sell it.  It’s gonna be hard to get rid of.

I want to ask everyone a quick question – I saw a Union Jack dresser on someone’s blog but it was done in an olive green, cream colors, maybe brown?  Does anyone remember seeing it? Please email me or comment to me if you know.  Thank you!

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow to see the highlights I will be posting from last week’s #1 Linky Party.  Can’t wait to see what everyone shares at this weeks #2 Linky Party starting tomorrow (Tuesday) at “Turning the Daunting into the Do-able” right here on Project Queen.

I’m linking to these parties:

Newbies Party @ Debbie-debbiedoos
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Made By You Monday @ Skip to My Lou

Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle

Craft Cat Walk @ Embellishing Life Every Day

Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ House In Roses

Motivate Me Monday @ Crafts Keep Me Sane

Mod Mix Monday@ Mod Vintage Life

Tutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios

Market Yourself Monday @ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

Twice Owned Tuesday @ Creating a House of Grace

Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Sassy Sites

So Creative Party @ So Very Creative

One Project At A Time @ A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Tutorials and Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z

Running With Glitter Link Party @ Running With Glitter

Topsy Turvy Tuesdays @ I’m Topsy Turvy

Tuesday Talent Show @ Chef In

Creative Link Party @ Today’s Creative Blog

Who’s Got Talent @ Night Owl Crafting

A Little Birdie Told Me  Tuesday @ Rook No 17

Tuesday Confessional @ Crafty Confessions

Lil’ Luna Link Par-tay @ Lil Luna
5 Minutes Just For Me

Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts

Share the Love Wednesday @ Verry Merry Vintage Style

Blue Cricket Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design

Home Décor and Organizing Link Party @ Organize Your Stuff Now

Create and Share @ The Trendy Treehouse

Anything Goes @  Type A Decorating

Piece of Work Wednesday Furniture Party @ Prim and Proper

Share Your Awesomeness @ Thirty Sixth Avenue

Transfer Projects Link Party @ Unexpected Elegance

Wow Me Wednesday @ Gingersnap Crafts

Your Whims Wednesday @ My Girlish Whims

Look What I Made @  Creations By Kara

What I Made Wednesday @ Sweet Peas and Bumble Bees

Show and Share @ Southern Lovely

Re-Create Into Something New @ No So Simple Housewife

Pinkolicious Thursday @ Frugalicious Me

Restored it Wednesday @ Restore Interiors

What’s Up Wednesday @ Sew Woodsy

Would You Buy It Wednesday @ Junker Newbie

Time to Shine @ A Diamond In the Stuff

Show Me What You Got @ Not Just A Housewife

Whatever Wednesday @ Momma Hen’s Coop

Strut Your Stuff Link Party @ Some What Simple

It’s a Party @ Creative Princess

Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop @ Saved By Love Creations

Thrifty Thursday Link Party @ Thrifty and Fabuless

Open House Linky Party @ No Minimalist Here

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating with Nikki

Hookin Up with HoH @ House of Hepworths

Creative Juice Link Up @ Momnivores-Dilemma

Everything But The Kitchen Sink @ A Little Knick Knack

Show Off Your Stuff Party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans

Fab Friday Link Par-Tay @ Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

Delightfully Inspiring Thursday @ Delightful Order


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  1. Hello Mandy,
    Love the red chairs – they look wonderful. I did the very same thing a little while back to two chairs I purchased at an estate sale – using the same Emperor’s Silk – I just love that color! I too had to do 3 coats – I am very pleased and the best part is my husband loves them too!
    Turning him over to the painted side! 🙂
    visiting via Show Off Your Cottage Monday

  2. Love this redo! Love that red is coming back. I just painted an armoire red and every one was against it, but I love it! Thanks for sharing. Liz @ Designing Domesticity

  3. Looks awesome! I love the slight black coming through.

  4. I love the shade of red…so pretty 🙂

  5. LOVE the red. Great makeover. I’m excited to see what you’re doing with the second one.

  6. I was wondering if you were using Annie Sloan paint (the red). It turned out very nice. After trying some Old White on a couple of rungs on one of my chairs, I didn’t care for the look of it so I sanded it (by hand) and sanded and sanded until I had sanded all the chairs and the base. I love the look of how it turned out. The chairs had an Old White color to start with so it came through. I will be waxing tonight first with the clear and wait a day or so and then a bit of dark. I read on Annie’s website (I think that is where I read this) to put the wax in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before you use it.It makes it easier to use.


  7. The union jack you’re talking about (I think) is being featured at West Furniture Revival today. ( 🙂 And I am obsessed with the color you chose! Best red ever!

    PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on at my blog right now! Come by when you get a chance. 🙂

  8. I love that you took your time and gave that chair the honor it deserved. It turned out great!

  9. Beautiful color–love the distressing and gorgeous fabric. Thanks for linking up to share the love wednesday!

  10. Hey Mandy – Thanks for featuring my Finn Rock. That’s awesome. And I LOVE the red. I just ordered Emperors Silk to get ready for the holidays. You did a beautiful job.

  11. Fun! love the red!

  12. Lovin’ the red! Very bold and spicy. Stop by for a blog visit I’m your newest follower.

  13. Love the bright red. And, that fabric is perfect! You did a wonderful job.

  14. I love the red I would have bought that chair but I found something out today. Although I have great ideas for make overs, I have neither the time or patience to do so. I tried to redo a bench. It is sitting in my back yard with a crappy paint job. Hopefully my hubby can fix it.

  15. This is such a great idea-the results are wonderful! Thanks for linking this post to my Pinning & Singing party. I have just linked up to your party too!

    Best wishes,

  16. I love the red (it is my favorite color). Nice fabric choice, too! I am visiting from Mod Mix Monday.

  17. I’m not one to like red, usually. But, I really love the finish on this chair. I can’t wait for project “afters!”

  18. What a GREAT colour…love love LOVE that chair back!!

  19. ha! we’re on the same wavelength again… i just wrapped up an AS emperor’s silk piece, too! love what you’ve done here…AGAIN!


  20. red is so fun on this chair with its shape! LOVE it, mandy!

  21. I love the red! Great transformation!

  22. Mandy I adore the red and I think it is an extra chair that will work almost anywhere!!
    Great job!

    I have joined Fall in Love with your Home

    Art by Karena

  23. You are just stealing my heart with the red! Love it! The chairs has such pretty lines & the cute print you chose is adorable!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

  24. Beautiful! And just in time for the lovely fall colors!

  25. This chair is fabulous! Love the red.

    Thank you so very much for linking to the party! Hope to see you next week.

  26. the chair looks amazing. i love the red!

  27. Mandy, I adore this chair..very fun and spunky. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  28. Mandy, you have a great eye for color and design. The gorgeous wheat backs of those chairs really stand out with that incredible red chalk paint. So beautifully done! Thank you for being a part of “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17!


  29. love love love the red! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

  30. love this. Love the red!

  31. Mandy, great job on the chair! LOVE the red!!! You gave it such a great new look! So fresh!

  32. I love the red!! It turned out awesome!!
    Thanks for linking up to Show & Share!!

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