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« on: August 11, 2009 10:37:59 AM »

Since my mom rules the roost in my household and always demands that my frugal and packrat dad throw out old stuff, I decided to assist my dad in a personal rebellion. My mom remodeled my room into an inferno of yellow while I was away at college, and mandated that my dad get rid of my desk and what he calls a "perfectly good desk chair" that my mom said "didn't match the decor." My brave father finally stood up to her tyranny and saved the chair in his shed. For father's day, I decided to renovate it into a garden chair - the garden is HIS turf. Here's the final project, details on production to follow:

It's definitely a little odd looking, but I started out wanting to make it really sloppy and natural. I threw a party and had my friends dye white enamel paint with blueberries, leaves, etc - some added gross stuff like ketchup and mustard, but I couldn't fault them since all I managed to originally find was white paint. We threw dirt and leaves on it, but it ended up looking ridiculously hideous. Also, my dog somehow smelled blueberries and ATE THEM OFF THE CHAIR, dying her entire face blue from the paint. It was enamel, so it didn't come off with nail polish remover, soap and water, acetone, baby oil... nothing! I ended up having to delicately trim the blue off. But that's besides the point.

So it looked hideous and I painstakingly stripped it down, deciding eventually to contrast the crazy outdoorsy look with pure white on the seat... kind of a metaphorical indoor/outdoor thing. And this is what I got! I sort of like it, but I think it's mostly just a cool idea that could be improved upon dramatically, and certainly by you guys. Any ideas?

ps. I lined the wild looking central part in rice using caulking... doesn't it look just like a continent?
pps. here she is:

« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009 08:05:03 AM »

Interesting. It looks kind of mouldy (like a chair left for a long time in a shed or garden would get) but then you see how perfectly white and smooth the rest of the seat is, so see that it's like that on purpose.

Did you do the same thing to the back of the chair- the curved bit?

I have lots of white pillow feathers to get rid of. PM me if you are in Britain and would like some!
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2009 08:37:35 AM »

I think the chair looks very cool and kind of like majolica pottery. I've never seen anything done like that and never thought of adding items to paint, only things like milk or water to thin it. Very inspired of you.

But is the dog ok?


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