10/11/2012 | By: Kristy Creighton

The Harp Chair

Hey, there! I'm so glad you stopped by today! Got a chair makeover that I am really excited to share with you!

If you follow me over on my Facebook page, you may have a seen a nice little harp-backed chair I picked up on one of my local Goodwill runs a few weeks ago. The chair was in nice condition and I just love the vintage harp on the back, but there is no one in my house doing the pink and white thing anymore:

I nabbed this beauty for $12! Structurally perfect, it was the ideal chair to match up with the DESK I refinished for my daughter earlier this year. Finally!

Well, it will be...once the pink and white is a thing of the past!

To begin with, I gave her a good sanding and a coat of primer, then followed with a matching coat of the flat black paint my daughter had chosen for the rest of her bedroom furniture. (Yes, I forgot to snap a picture of the chair frame in black. But it looked just like this white one, only black.) 

I wanted to tie this awesome little chair in with the rest of my daughter's Steampunk-inspired bedroom, so my plan was to do a quick and easy paint technique on the harp that I had used on her oval mirror and a couple other accent spots in her bedroom set.

I masked off everything on the chair but the harp. Then, I grabbed the black paint again and my can of metallic gold. The harp was now solid black, so, holding the gold at a good distance from the harp, I hit it with light shots of the gold. Anyplace that got hit with two much gold, I hit with a very light shot of the black again. I followed that with a coat of the polycrylic protective finish in satin.

I wanted an aged gold look and I think it came out great! (The picture, however, did not, because I have no good place to get these shots in my dingy workspace.)

Finally, I recovered the pink seat with some awesome gold and black fabric I found on sale at JoAnn's Fabrics!


I want to point out something I do on the corners. To avoid bunched up fabric, especially on this chair, where the seat is recessed, I fold and staple one fold at a time and give that a quick press before I move onto the following folds. I staple and press each one separately, so they lay nice and flat.

With the seat finished and the chair frame finished, all that was left was for me to put them back together! 

And here she is paired up with her now-matching desk! 

Please forgive my less-than-stellar, over-pixilated pictures. It's really difficult to photograph all the black stuff in my house. LOL My love of color has resulted in no white walls anywhere, as a matter of fact! And my daughter's red and black room makes detailed photographs a real challenge, as I'm not Annie Leibovitz.

So, anyway, I'm really pleased with the heightened interest level of this nifty little chair! But, I would love to hear what you think - good or bad! Leave me a comment and give it to me straight!

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