Tell City Chair Makeover

Our friend Ken…pointed out this chair to us at an auction and said we must bring it home with us!  It’s made by Tell City Chair Co., solid hard rock maple and we paid just $14.00.  Tell City Chair Co. started business in 1865 in Tell City, IN.  After doing some research online…most of these chair run any where from $250 +.  Ours was a little worn on the arms and legs but could have been stripped and re-stained to look brand new but being the painter that I am, I pictured it a solid black with new upholstery.  I know all the natural wood lovers will cringe but I LOVE the way it looks now.  Something to remember, it’s only paint ~ so stripping and refinishing can still be done if someone wants to go through all that labor intensity.  I’m not sure what price I’ll be writing down on the tag yet but I can tell you this, someone is going to be very happy to take this piece home with them!

Before pic↓

I used my all-time favorite Beluga Black Behr Paint in Flat for this chair.  I mixed up a batch of homemade chalk paint, painted two coats and then used CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Wax to finish it.

I would love your opinion…do you like my color choice, fabric, etc…?  Or, do you think I should have stripped the piece and re-stained it to it’s natural state?  

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  1. oooooh, i’m all about painted furniture. i like anything swedish, and the swedes paint it all.

    hope you’ll stop by and follow if you aren’t already!



  2. I have enjoyed going thru your blog and enjoy all the painting you do! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me–I am following you too and look forward to getting to know you 🙂

  3. Gosh no! Wood is boring and brown! Paint it all! x

  4. I LOVE your chair makeover! It is gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I wll be your newest follower! Traci

  5. I think the chair is sooo sophisticated, yet playful and fun and would make a lovely accent piece.lovely job:)
    Hugs, Sumaya

  6. Nope, love your choice. Updated, but still traditional and classy. I’d so buy it.

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