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Painted Ladder Back Chair in Distressed Black

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Painted Ladder Back Chair in Distressed Black

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The Before

This curvy ladder back chair was dropped off by my customer. It has a woven rush seat and great curves. A little paint will bring this chair back to life.ladder back chair before, vintage chair, rush seat, ladder backMy customer has a gorgeous distressed black hutch and wanted her chair to compliment her favorite piece. Can you blame her?  That hutch is amazing!black distressed hutch


The Project

The first step was to tape off the woven seat area because we are leaving the rush in its original natural condition. The rush was pulled away from the legs of the chair as much as possible.

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The chair was then sanded, cleaned and prepped for paint. Next, the seat was flipped over to paint the underside first. painted chair, painted chair with rush seat, vintage chair, painted furniture

We chose a pure black paint, using Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint Derby. I also covered the woven seat to protect it from any paint splatter, because I actually am quite messy when I work. black chalk paint, black paint, graphite, chalk paint, derby

The chair was painted and then lightly sanded, using flexible sandpaper to achieve a smooth finish all around.  The flexible sandpaper works especially well with all the curves of the chair. flexible sandpaper, distressed furniture

In addition to sanding the entire surface of the chair, the edges were also distressed to reveal bits of the original wood color underneath.

To protect the finished piece, the chair was sealed for protection using both Jett protective wood stain (a black protective finish) mixed with our clear matte protective finish. seal paint with black matte finish

The Result

painted ladder back chair by Just the Woods

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