I had this old chair setting outside in my flower beds and, while I loved the chippy paint and leather seat, I was looking for a chair to put in my bathroom and this was perfect for the space.

It was a little too “rustic” (as in, falling apart and rotting in the outdoor elements), so hubs helped me make it a bit more sturdy with wood glue and screws.

And here’s the finished product!

Here are the steps I used:

1. Spray painted the chair with white primer (a must-have – cheap and easy, no brushes to wash/throw away!)

2. Spray painted about 4 coats of an ivory colored paint.

3. To glaze: mixed a little bit of dark brown acrylic craft paint and some paint conditioner called Floetrol (you’re supposed to use a glaze, but I had this conditioner on hand and it works basically the same)

4. Using a sponge brush, I applied the glaze in the cracks and corners of the chair, then wiped off the excess.

I had never used a glazing technique before, but it was fun and really quite easy! You need to try it!

5. Printed out the word “bath” onto regular paper, then used carbon paper to trace the lettering onto the chair (my handwriting is terrible, otherwise I would have free-handed it). Then I painted the word using dark brown craft paint.

I was in the process of making a cushion for it, but it made it look too much like a dining room chair – it just didn’t work. So I just left the leather seat on it and called it a day!

July 01, 2009 — Aimee Weaver