8 A Chair for Dean-o Bambino

>> Sunday, May 16, 2010

Prepare yourself for the most adorable (and tiniest) member of the Rehabilitation Station to date.

Thanks to Lynda, my mother and giver of all DIY genes in my body, for hauling this little nugget of a chair out of a neighbor’s trash can and donating for rehabilitation.
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To truly appreciate the miniature stature of our newest guinea pig, we need a frame of reference…or two. Please pardon the Ralph yawn.

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See? Tiny indeed and perfect for my pal Jessica’s little bun in the oven. This chair was to be made just for baby Dean.

First, the prep work. A nail in each leg will make painting a breeze…

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By now you know the next step always involves a light sanding and solid coat of primer. Old news, but still important.

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On to the actual painting! Light blue base color for the seat and two rails on the back of the chair…

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Followed with a few coats of dark charcoal-blue paint on the frame and white paint taking care of the center rail.

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Those nails are coming in handy!

The master plan for the seat of the chair involved an argyle pattern, so once the paint was good and dry, a bit of measuring, taping and tracing was in order. For more info on how to get the diamonds just right, click here.

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Color inside the lines…

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Use painters tape to create lines bisecting each diamond…

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Repeat to create lines from the opposite direction.

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All that’s left to do is touch up any crazy spots and seal with a coat of satin polyurethane.

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Just plain stinkin cute. Little Dean couldn’t wait to give it a test drive.

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Oh, I simply cannot wait to meet baby Dean. He is going to do all kinds of fun activities with his Aunt Cara…most of which involve power tools and sharp objects. I promise he’ll wear goggles. Fine. Gloves too.

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-Cara

8 comments:

Allie,  May 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

That chair is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen!

Allie

Live the Home Life May 16, 2010 at 12:30 PM  

Thanks, Allie! It'll be even cuter when little Dean-o is able to sit his cute little caboose in the chair.

-Cara

Bella jane,  May 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM  

A very sweet little chair. Love the argyle and I think stripes in alternating light and dark hues could be nice as well. I wish I had one for my nephew.

Lovely Little Nest May 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

Oh my goodness, I LOVE this! Such a great idea to create an argyle pattern. And thanks for showing us HOW you did it!

Great transformation! :)

Live the Home Life May 17, 2010 at 9:21 AM  

Hi, Bella jane! Stripes would be a great idea! Polka dots as well. I'm trying to find a source for more inexpensive little chairs to paint. I'll keep you posted for sure.

Thanks, Lovely! Word to the wise: I tried to wing it by going freehand when drawing the diamonds. Don't. Take advantage of a ruler and measure! It will save you a lot of trouble.

-Cara

Mandy,  May 17, 2010 at 9:23 AM  

Cute chair! But let's talk about that red dress. Love it!!

Jonnie May 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is the cutest stinking chair in the world. I want to be crafty like you.

Live the Home Life May 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

Mandy, the dress is from Target earlier this yearand it is the best ever. I wear it to everything! I'm itching for one in black as well.

Thanks, Jonnie! You too can make one! All it takes is a little paint, tape and patience. The patience is the hard part.

-Cara

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