Hi guys! I have a super exciting furniture makeover for you today; at least, as a painter of furniture I find it thrilling because of the light effort that went into something that would typically be laborious. Today I am going to share with you some no prep painted faux bamboo chairs, and how I used Amy Howard One Step Paint from Ace Hardware to make my makeover a cinch.A couple of months ago my friend Sarah Dorsey emailed me with photos of a bunch of furniture she was looking to sell, and I was more than happy to purchase a good amount. In the photos she sent me was this bamboo set, which I actually recalled her contemplating and texting me about when she was living in Knoxville. I had told her she should definitely buy it…. little did I know that a year later I’d be taking it off her hands. Glad I told her it was a good buy! 😉 Anyhow, here is the photo that was in her email, which is actually the original from the thrift shop I believe. As you can see, there’s also a little buffet/cart and a dining table (currently in progress). The chairs were the part I was most excited to work on, so I planned to start with those and I knew they’d look smashing in white. But look at ALL THAT DETAIL. I was exhausted just thinking about all of the sanding I was going to have to do by hand to get these pieces ready to paint. The finish was a glossy factory finish, speckled yellow with green (WHO DOES THAT? PLEASE DON’T.) in the bamboo sections. I have never known any paint or primer that says it will stick to any surface to reliably adhere to finishes like this. But one day I was in the garage painting a dresser with Amy Howard Barefoot in the Park, and I thought…. hmmm… I wonder if this will stick to that? I painted a small section on the base of the dining table, just enough to test it out. I let it dry and wouldn’t you know, it adhered! I scratched away and the paint would’t budge. Then I let out a “Hallelujah!” and danced around the garage! Next I called Chris and asked him to stop at the Ace Hardware in Mt. Airy and pick me up a magical can of Amy Howard Ballet White.
Once the paint was here, I was ready to get to work, knowing that I wouldn’t have to sand a single bambooey spindle on those suckers. I removed the seats, and cleaned the chairs with Simple Green just to get rid of any grime or grease. Once the simple green dried and was no longer evident, I got to work painting. I applied 3 coats of Ballet white to create a nice solid white. Now, three may seem like a lot, but don’t forget there was no priming involved, so we are talking 3 coats total… not bad at all.
I didn’t want to use wax to finish these chairs as I wanted a glossier and more modern and durable finish. Fortunately, Amy Howard also makes a gloss lacquer spray that was perfect for these chairs. I applied two coats of her Belize Furniture Lacquer Gloss for the final topcoat.
I purchased a fabric to recover the seats, but when I pulled off the top layer of upholstery, I discovered a fun vintage yellow fabric that was in great shape. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but I adored the way they suited the Palm Beach look of these chairs. You might be able to tell from the photos, but these chairs are currently at Sweet Clover. The first month they were there the fabric worked perfectly with the vintage painting I had found and I loved the retro vibe.This month we staged them with the same table (I painted that, too!) and all things woven, as you can see in the first image I showed you and the one below.
They have yet to go to a new home, so I am thinking perhaps the yellow is too retro for some people, and I may need to recover them. I was hoping to make it work, but maybe it’s time to change that out, too. At least for now, they are vastly and dramatically improved thanks to Amy Howard One Step paint from Ace! Had it not been for that paint, I can assure you these chairs would have probably sat in my garage until I worked up the courage to sand them for years. 😉
Do you have any projects like that waiting for you in the garage, attic, or basement? Don’t be afraid… just arm yourself with the right stuff.
*Thank you to Ace Hardware for providing me with paint for this project as well as sponsoring this post. All opinions are genuine and my own.