The Sad Little Chair

25 Sep

Last week I popped by my favorite local Mercatino Usato (2nd hand shop) because I was on the hunt for some vintage fabrics.  While there I came across this very old, sturdy and sad looking child’s chair.

Obviously I didn’t need the chair because all of my kids are big and lanky and tall.  But for 3 euro I just had to take it home with me.

First I gave it a few coats of primer (because I hate to sand).  Then I gave it a coat of a nice white high gloss paint.

And then I started washi-ing it.  I couldn’t stop.

Like the old Japanese proverb says “Washi makes everything more beautiful”.  It’s a very old saying.

After I had finished taping it I sprayed it with an acrylic paint varnish.  That way the tape is on there sicurely and won’t peel off.
I might have gone a little overboard but the chair is definitely not sad anymore.  And now I must go clean those windows in the picture.

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15 Responses to “The Sad Little Chair”

  1. Jennifer Avventura September 25, 2012 at 18:06 #

    The chair is awesome!

    • Jillian in Italy September 25, 2012 at 20:19 #

      Thanks. I would actually like one in adult size as well!

  2. giova brusa September 25, 2012 at 18:26 #

    Ohhh, love washi-tape, and this is such a great idea!! Some times I think that those tapes are endless!

    • Jillian in Italy September 25, 2012 at 20:19 #

      I know! Those rolls just never end. I should have bought a lot more of it when I was in Japan!!

  3. juliedekeyzer September 25, 2012 at 20:12 #

    I want that chair!! It is so lolely and cute. When are you finally setting up your webshop? You make such gorgeous things!

    • Jillian in Italy September 25, 2012 at 20:18 #

      When I was making it I was thinking of little Billie the whole time so I would be more than happy to give it to her! I didn’t know if you would like it though. So…next time there’s a car headed to Belgium it’s coming to you!

  4. little pink cakes September 26, 2012 at 09:31 #

    This is so cute, Jill!!!

  5. petra September 26, 2012 at 11:16 #

    I am just about to washi tape the hard cover to my new-to-me secondhand Pfaff machine from the 70s that I am going to use for freemotion stitching! THanks for the ideer.

    • Jillian in Italy September 29, 2012 at 13:03 #

      Oh that’s a really good idea! Take a photo when it’s done! I also want a new-to-me second hand Pfaff!!

  6. grammaoGrammaO September 29, 2012 at 01:34 #

    what a great way to personalize a gift like a desk or child’s chair. Can you buy that stuff in Canada?

    • Jillian in Italy September 29, 2012 at 13:02 #

      I’m sure you can buy it in Canada in a specialized paper or stationary shop. It’s a bit pricey but worth it.

  7. Wendy McDonagh-Valentine September 29, 2012 at 14:35 #

    Adorable job on the chair!! I just ordered some washi tape thru Pick Your Plum and think I might have to dig out the little rocking chair in the garage for my daughter’s new room!! Thanks for the share!! : )

    ~ Wendy

  8. Kat September 29, 2012 at 21:25 #

    So awesome! your DIYs are really rocking Jill. so glad to see you so active and creative. I’ve been away from blogging for a while and so overwhelmed by all the stuff I missed!! speed of light! 😀 haha.. hope autumn is coming beautifully over there. catch up soon! Love, Kat

  9. hanacolmar October 1, 2012 at 03:06 #

    Love it Jill!! I picked up a couple of old school desks for my girls last year, and now you’ve inspired me to find a couple of chairs to ‘cheer up’! to go with them – so super-gorgeous! H xo

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