Here’s my new Ohio Star quilt square 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.
I chopped the dowel down to size.
Then I glued all the pieces together and let them dry.
Once the chair was stable, I sanded it down with my little Mouse sander.
My original plan was to stain the 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.
I painted the whole chair with the black chalk paint.
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.
The chair seat was 14ish inches deep …
… and 16ish inches wide.
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.
I traced around the pattern with a white colored pencil.
Then I measured and marked every 3 inches and used a straight edge to connect the dots…
… which left me with a 4×4 grid pattern that was more-or-less centered on the chair seat.
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.
To idiot-proof the painting process, I wrote a “W” on every triangle that I wanted to paint white.
Next I cracked open the white paint jar. The paint had separated so the top looked like an oily mess.
A little bit of stirring with a popsicle stick made it nice and creamy again.
I pulled my paintbrushes out of storage …
… and started filling in the triangles.
It was looking pretty good.
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.
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.
Then I erased all of my white lines …
… and gave everything (black and white) a second coat of paint.
I did a little hand sanding with some fine grit sandpaper to distress the edges.
I had some antique wax leftover from a previous project that I used to finish the chair.
I applied the wax with a soft cloth, and wiped off the excess.
After the wax dried, I buffed the chair with a clean cloth.
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.