Makeover | Painting a quilt square chair

painted Ohio Star quilt square chair
Here’s my new Ohio Star quilt square chair.

fixing a broken chair
Here’s how it started. It may have been a curbside rescue. If I was the sort of person to pick up other people’s trash. Which apparently I am.

One of the spokes holding the legs together was missing, so I bought a dowel that was the same diameter.

replacing a missing spindle on a chair leg
I chopped the dowel down to size.

chair makeover
Then I glued all the pieces together and let them dry.

chair makeover
Once the chair was stable, I sanded it down with my little Mouse sander.

chair makeover
My original plan was to stain the chair.

painting a wood chair
But then I changed course and decided to paint it instead. With chalk paint. Which will stick to anything. So I could have totally skipped the sanding step.

chalk paint
I painted the whole chair with the black chalk paint.

chair makeover
Here’s what it looked like once I had the first coat on. It doesn’t look bad from a distance, but it needed a second coat. But first, I wanted to put the Ohio star design on the chair seat.

making a quilt square design on a chair seat
The chair seat was 14ish inches deep …

chair makeover
… and 16ish inches wide.

Ohio Star quilt square design
With the seat being wider in the front than in the back, I decided the easiest way to center a square on it was with my tried-and-true eyeball-it-and-hope-for-the-best method. So I cut a 12-inch-by-12-inch pattern out of newspaper and just kept moving it around until it looked more or less centered.

Ohio Star quilt square design
I traced around the pattern with a white colored pencil.

chair makeover
Then I measured and marked every 3 inches and used a straight edge to connect the dots…

chair makeover
… which left me with a 4×4 grid pattern that was more-or-less centered on the chair seat.

chair makeover
Using a straight edge again, I drew diagonal lines from corner to corner in the squares.
Here’s the final grid pattern with the diagonal lines added.

chair makeover
To idiot-proof the painting process, I wrote a “W” on every triangle that I wanted to paint white.

painting a chair
Next I cracked open the white paint jar. The paint had separated so the top looked like an oily mess.

painting a chair
A little bit of stirring with a popsicle stick made it nice and creamy again.

painting a chair
I pulled my paintbrushes out of storage …

Ohio star quilt square chair
… and started filling in the triangles.

painted chair
It was looking pretty good.

Ohio Star quilt square chair seat
When I was done, I stepped back to admire my work. Hmmm. Apparently my plan wasn’t as idiot-proof as I’d initially thought.

painting a chair with chalk paint
Fortunately the paint was still wet when I realized my mistake, so I just wiped it off with a wet paper towel and tried again.

Ohio Star quilt square chair
Much better.

chalk painted chair
Then I erased all of my white lines …

Ohio Star quilt square design on chair seat
… and gave everything (black and white) a second coat of paint.

quilt square chair seat
I did a little hand sanding with some fine grit sandpaper to distress the edges.

antiquing a wood chair
I had some antique wax leftover from a previous project that I used to finish the chair.

antique wax
I applied the wax with a soft cloth, and wiped off the excess.

painted chair
After the wax dried, I buffed the chair with a clean cloth.

distressed Ohio Star quilt square chair
Here is the finished piece. Proving once again the old adage that one man’s trash is another man’s Ohio star quilt block chair.


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