Friday, July 8, 2011

"B" is for Betsy

Side chair makeover, Betsy Ross inspired.



I started with these chairs from my Freecycle friend Denise:


And after a little paint and inspiration I now have these:



I used the 13 stars idea from this picture:


image via flicker

That's the American flag done by Betsy Ross (although there is quite a bit of controversy in that statement).

Makes for a great design.



Here's how I did it:
1. Sand off old poly finish:


2. Primed with spray primer:


3. Paint with two coats off white.

4. Using a plastic container lid for the circle shape, tape stars around edge evenly spaced and position on seat:


5. Tape stars to chair gently prying off plastic lid:


6. Trace stars with ballpoint pen to create slight indent in seat.

7. Paint inside the indent.


8. All stars painted:


9. Sand to distress, stain with Minwax dark walnut, seal with satin poly.


A little paint goes a long way to give these chairs a little character.


Thanks Betsy.



 I'm linking up to:
http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com/
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/, http://www.iheartnaptime.net/, http://sistersofthewildwest.blogspot.com/



http://www.bystephanielynn.com/
http://www.thegirlcreative.com/
http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/
http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/
http://www.skiptomylou.org/
http://makingtheworldcuter.blogspot.com/, http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/
http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/
http://www.abeachcottage.com/
http://primitiveandproper.blogspot.com/
http://www.myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/
http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/, http://www.theshabbychiccottage.net/
The 36th Avenue.
http://www.somewhatsimple.com/, http://www.504main.com/



http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/
http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/
http://www.remodelaholic.com/
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/, http://justagirlblog.com/
http://missmustardseed.blogspot.com/
http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/
http://www.perfectlyimperfectblog.com/
http://theletteredcottage.net/

38 comments:

  1. Oh wow, these are just beautiful. I love the Betsy Ross flag and I love when it is used for other decorations.

    Maria @ Linen & Verbena

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  2. those are adorable! what a great idea!!! love the ring of stars.

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  3. I love these so much!! I "pinned" them on Pinterest! Maybe one day I can use this idea =)

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  4. Love how your chairs turned out...so beautiful!!
    ~Cindy~

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  5. L- is for love....and I do..they look amazing !
    Lucy

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  6. I love it! I want to go looking for some chairs to paint now :-)

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  7. These are really great. I have 6 of the same chairs around our kitchen table that so need a makeover...and putting a stencil on the seat is so cute.
    THanks for sharing.
    liZ
    (simplesimonandco)

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  8. PERFECT execution! The graphic shape and chair seat are meant for each other. Very striking combination!

    Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 89. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150302534451141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  9. Those are so wonderful..LOVE them !! [ since I am Canadian have no trouble with the betsy Ross thing..LOL ]

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  10. It came out so cute!!! Nice work :)

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  11. You were right! I do love them!
    I love how you took some sort of ho hum chairs and turned them into something so cool! I think we're going to see circles of stars popping up everywhere now. :)

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  12. These are so pretty! I love patriotic accents that aren't overly done. You did a beautiful job - so unique!

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  13. I absolutely love these! Your stars made a HUGE difference in the appeal of these chairs! Beautiful.

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  14. Love your transformation! Your chairs has such a wonderful rustic feel! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/07/pink-hippo-party-37.html

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  15. I love how these turned out! The distressed look is so beautiful! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party!

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  16. What great chairs! I love the patriotic country look. I love when freecycle finds turn out to be awesomely crafted up home improvements!

    I found you through the DIY Showoff link party and am your newest follower. Come check me out, too, if you're interested @ Carissa's Creativity Space

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  17. great job, love the stars decorating it!

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  18. They look great. I love the 13 stars idea too :)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  19. I HEART these chairs!

    come link it to my woot woot wednesday party!
    www.tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com

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  20. These chairs are Super Stars! I love Americana, so they were sure to be a hit. Love the circle. Interesting how you did it. I would've stenciled the stars. Love them!

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  21. I love the stars! You're very talented:)

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  22. Love this idea! So creative and darling!!!
    -emily
    nestnestingnested.blogspot

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  23. oooooo...I want to see where you sit these!

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  24. Wow, what a transformation. This is just perfect for a summer porch. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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  25. Jaime, those are adorable!! I want a pair!!! :)

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  26. From free to fabulous...beautiful job! :)

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  27. LOVE your chairs. So awesome!!! Found you on Remodelholic.

    I would love for you to link it up at my weekend Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend. Today is my first-ever party, and I am so hoping someone will participate! :)

    Here's the link if you're interested:
    www.familyeverafter.blogspot.com

    Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I'd love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton!

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  28. Love the stars, Jaime! These really turned out great!

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  29. I totally love these. Once again I features you in my friday night features.

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  30. Thank you so much for sharing your chairs at the link party...
    I just want you to know that I am featuring them tomorrow at The 36th Avenue.

    Fell free to come and button-up ;)

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  31. I love your chair. I have a think for stars and stripes. Come on over and share at www.itssoverycheri.com as well.

    xo
    Cheri

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  32. Not sure if you participate, but I did nominate you for an award on my blog.

    Have a great evening!

    Angela

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