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Monday, December 19, 2011

Chair Wreaths and the Paint Fairy

I stole this idea from someone, but can't remember who.  If it's you, let me know and I'll link back!  I made this chair wreath for Christmas but it's so pretty I don't think I'll be taking it down after the holidays.  But I still need to make 3 more when I get the time.  I remember reading the person who did it bought a garland of faux boxwood greens and pulled all the stems off and wired them to a twig wreath.  I used a little wire form, which worked fine.  I used half the garland to make one, which isn't too bad if you have a coupon for the garland. It cost about $8-9 to make one with all the materials, which I think is worth it for how pretty they are.  My limited photography skills do not do this justice.



As you can see, all my painting is finally done on the dining room furniture, but I can't take all the credit.  With 2 1/2 chairs and a coat on the table bottom to go, I got totally burned out on painting and could not face finishing it.  I was finding any excuse not to paint.  Then the Paint Fairy came, and made everything right:


The Paint Fairy here being none other than my lovely and helpful daughter Amanda, who volunteered to go the distance and finish this never-ending project for me.  You may notice from the turquoise can in the pic that we painted the table and chairs in Martha Stewart paint rather than the ASCP that I used on the hutch and the server.  Because the chalk paint is sort of, well, chalky, I wanted to use something smoother on the pieces that would get touched pretty often.  Time will tell if that was a good decision.  From an aesthetic viewpoint, I don't think anyone will notice I used different paint.  I still didn't have to sand or prime, the Martha Paint stuck fine, though I will qualify that by saying the finish on this furniture was shot and I did clean it first with deglosser.  It did take more coats to cover than chalk paint, but all told we used about the same amount of paint, or maybe less, than we would have used in chalk paint.



Done!


Around the room:






With just a little much-needed assistance from the Paint Fairy.

16 comments:

A Few Pennies said...

Yes! I love the wreaths on the chair--and now, more than ever after seeing this room again--I'm convinced to paint my cane backed chairs and table just like yours. Your whole room is just gorgeous. Okay--gonna back out and look again! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Sophia's said...

Those wreaths turned out gorgeous! I've been wanting some boxwood wreaths for my chairs and that is a great way to save some $. I love the dining room and the centerpiece too. That is so nice of your daughter to help you out...what a great girl!

Kristen
Sophia's

Blondie's Journal said...

How festive everything looks. Tray. I love the wreath on your freshly painted chairs. Hurray for the Paint Fairy...she did a wonderful job!

Are you ready for Christmas? I have few small things to do. I am so glad I was ahead of the game this year...it's a first!

Happy Holidays!

XO,
Jane

Mariaelena said...

LOVE the wreaths and the entire room is beautiful...your daughter did a great job...I just made a boxwood wreath from some outdoor clippings..I love it, but not sure how long it will last...enjoy your gorgeous room and happy holidays to you!!...Mariaelena

Shirley said...

I love your white furniture. You and your daughter did a wonderful job. The chair wreaths look absolutely beautiful on these chairs.

Sibel-ish said...

Your dining room seems to be ready for the new year. Happy Christmas!:)

Michelle said...

Love the room .I need a paint fairy! She did a great job.

Little Penpen said...

So stinking pretty... I wish you were my neighbor so you could help me decorate my house! Sweet daughter of yours, to do that painting for you!!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Tracy it looks beautiful!! Your daughter is so precious to come help you!!
Have a wonderful Christmas!

Steph said...

Looks so pretty, Mom! Can't wait to see it in person.

Parisian Bijoux said...

Outstanding! I really mean that. You did such a great job with all the decorating and painting that set. I adore the little wreath on the chair...I would attempt that, but I have cats and it would end up a boxwood hockey puck for cats. =)

Merry Christmas and safe traveling for you and yours.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Everything looks beautiful Tracy.

Lisa @ akawest said...

What a cute paint fairy you have! I think she should be get extra gifts this year.

Everything looks gorgeous!

Mel said...

It's magical! I would love to see more of the garland over your door; it's gorgeous!

Thank goodness for your paint fairy. You've done so much already and I know how exhausting it is painting furniture. Well done, the set is amazing!

Have a wonderful Christmas Tracy. Thank you for your friendship over the last year.

Tattered & Timeless said...

Love all the room. Kudos to your daughter for stepping in and finishing it..what a great early Christmas gift. You said the Annie paint felt chalky...did you wax it when you were done painting? It feels like butter when you wax it afterwards..just wondering.
tammy

Anonymous said...

Candace January 15, 2012

Love your English cottage-y place, so very charming. Somehow I just arrived here and what a treat. My best to you.

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