I just finished this DIY striped nautical chair makeover and transformed a plain vintage chair into a seafarin’ nautical item that the hardiest of sailors would be happy to own!
One of the benefits of being a military family is you do get around – geographically I mean. We brought this little chair back from an out of the way antique shop in England. It fit nicely into a corner in our last home in Texas. But here, between a downsized home and a huge style change it stuck out and not in a good way.
I know there’s nothing so special about this chair, I just happen to be attached to it. I have many special memories from England. My husband and I were just dating at the time. He was there for 2 years and I was in Texas, every 8 weeks we’d fly back and forth. When we were together, we were always on the go. I used to drag him from one antique shop to the next looking for fun items. I can clearly remember the day we bought this chair. .. and so, yes, I’m attached to it. …yes, I know we don’t have baseboards 🙂
All it needed was a bit of an image change to fit in and earn its keep here in Fl 🙂 And that’s when I decided a DIY nautical striped chair makeover could save this little bit of our history from being sold off on Craigslist.
And so…I reimagined my plain chair into a DIY striped nautical chair. I love the new look and this little chair proudly has a spot in our little FL home.
Painting stripes on a chair is pretty easy and looks great. After the base coat of paint is completely dry you’re ready to start outlining the stripes. When your working on a project like a DIY striped nautical chair, It’s important to use good quality painters tape. I use Frog tape for sharp clean edges. I’ve tried other brands but they didn’t work out as well and bad stripes can make a great project look awful.
Since the stripes on this chair are evenly spaced, using the tape alone worked well. If you want to paint stripes that are different widths, read my post on my tween dresser makeover.
Ready? OK. Start in the middle with the first piece of tape and carefully set the next pieces along the side of the first. Continue laying tape and work your way out towards the edges. Next pull off the tape where you want to paint the stripes. Be sure to press firmly on all the tape edges to get a good seal.
I love American Paint Company paints and used their Homeplate for the white base on the chair. I had some Martha Stewart Vintage Gold Gilding Paint on hand. It worked well on the seat stripes and looks authentically “old”. I used leftover blue paint from another project and stenciled the sailboats on the white stripes.
Adding the sailboats was a bit tricky on the curved seat edges and at the back rails. I knew I’d have to fold the stencil to fit in the tight spots and possibly cut it. I didn’t want to ruin my original stencil on this project chair and made a stencil from my stencil onto heavy cardstock. I folded the new disposable stencil and bent it and whatever I had to do to fit it into the tight spots and threw it away when I was done.
The chair back was a bit plain so I added a nautical rope knot onto the top. Most of the chair was distressed with wet sanding. I didn’t want to blur the stenciled sailboats so I distressed the seat with a fine sandpaper on the chair stripes and sailboats.
There you have it. I love how my DIY striped nautical chair project turned out and it perfectly fits the coastal style of my home.
It’s added bonus of special memories makes me love it even more.
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