8.02.2013

West Elm inspired chairs

I found these chairs at the Goodwill for 5 dollars each and they were Boring! The brown finish on them scratched incredibly easily but these chairs are com-fee and were worthy of an update.

West Elm inspired chairs at Junkin Junky

I was inspired to change the colour based on the teapot that you see on the table. A great colour but a little too simple on it’s own, I found these chairs online and loved the swirly design.

Scoop-Back Chair-westelm.com[7]

Since I was making my swirls with white vinyl rather than painting them on (which I couldn't do in a million years), I placed them on the back of the chairs.

West Elm inspired chairs at Junkin Junky

This update wasn’t without it’s challenges though and this is why I won’t use Valspar spray paint ever again, Blotchy, Uneven Coverage.

I used Indigo Streamer, which is a great blue, but after three coats and sanding in between each coat, it was still blotchy

Valspar spray paint is horrible

I went to HD and had them colour match it and it turned out perfectly.

We have a provincial holiday on Monday, Simcoe day. I looked him up and he was a pretty cool dude, not to mention that we get a day off of work, thanks to this fine gentleman. Did you know, he phased out slavery in Upper Canada 23 years before Britain and 55 years before my fabulous neighbours to the south did!  Good thing too, because my maternal Great, Great, Great Grandfather came to Ontario from Missouri as a freed slave, for that very reason.

West Elm inspired chairs at Junkin Junky

One day I'll fix the table; I have a pedestal base that I got for free with my coffee table top on it. I like the mismatched vibe going on, at least that's what I tell myself.

Have a great weekend!

Thank you so much for the features, Knock off Decor and One Project Closer. I'm honoured.






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18 comments:

  1. What awesome chairs! Love the little tidbit of history too!

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  2. They turned out great!!! Love the design on the back. I like the mix and match look you've got going on there too. Enjoy your holiday!

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  3. The chairs turned out beautifully! I gather you have been Cricut'ing!

    It is so cool that you know abot your gr-gr-gr grandfather's story. I've been researching my family history and I've found out things that blew me away.

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  4. i love them and i think they look perfect with a round table! and i love the mismatch vibe for real. :)

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  5. love love love the chairs, and that's so cool about your ancestor! Love it when you can trace your family history like that and know who did what and when.

    Happy long weekend!

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  6. Fabulous chairs! Never knew there was slavery in Canada! Spray paint can be dicey, great job on pursuing the solution! We are getting a West Elm store next month, can't wait!
    Jenna

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  7. I really think yours are better than the West Elm ones. Nice!

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  8. These turned out great, nice job! Thanks for partying with me at Flaunt it Friday!!

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  9. Wow, makes me wish I had a vinyl cutter, these came out so great! thanks for linking up to the before and after party!

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  10. These chairs are GORGEOUS! Thanks for linking up to the single DIYer list!

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  11. Last week I was also painting chairs :) You did an AWESOME job, that design looks amazing!! I also used Valspar spray paint but didn't have that problem, maybe because I used a light color.
    I didn't know about Simcoe day, it's great to learn something new ;)

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  12. LOVE this! sharing on FB and featuring on the blog tomorrow! Thanks so much for linking up to support Habitat4Humanity!

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  13. Love your chairs more than the inspiration chairs. Wow.

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  14. I love how your chairs turned out...the swirls are just perfect! Did you cut the vinyl out with a silhouette? Or did you purchase it like that?

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  15. I am in love with those chairs! Great job!

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