Sneek Peek- chair before and after

chair before and afterThis is one of the “life” things I refered to yesterday that consumed me for weeks whilst I was away from my computer and Moxiblog. In our endless effort to economize, and in part for the pleasure of it, we spent many hours combing thrift stores and (a mixture of Ebay and Craigslist) for bargains that we loved or that could be transformed into something loveable. I had a friend warn me that if you double what you would expect to pay in the states, you might be getting close to the average Swiss pricetag. So when I share my bargains, keep the rule of doubles in mind!

I picked up a set of 6 Swedish chairs with a dark green stain; in the poorly lit “brokenhaus” (thrift-store) (I thought they were black) for a price tag of 15 chf each – today that is about $16.30. They are solid wood and appear to be well made. From the chair on the left you can see they had a nice shine which if you were to appreciate their green color would have been a nice bonus, but I was worried about sanding, stripping, and painting. I had a vision for a more country french/ shabby chic look and I knew I wanted to keep all the furniture very light colored because our apartment is small and Switzerland can be dark and gloomy much of the year. I immediately knew that I would search out Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I have read so many blog post and pintrest pins raving about this product with great adhesion and no sanding or stripping prep-work. I wont go into all the details of the processes , there are millions of tutorials. I particularly liked Blue Egg Brown Nest online video tutorials. It really is the perfect product for a project like this.

Can you see some of the distressing details? I love the distressing part of the project, this is where every piece feels unique. If you look to the far left of the photo you can see a brown spiral shaped piece of wood…. that’s a sneak peak at the OLD table I picked up~ tune in later this week for details.

I’d love to hear what you think of the mixture of modern kitchen and updated Swiss antique chic’…. more on that later!