Cassie’s Swedish Christmas Chair

by Cassie on December 11, 2012

A couple weeks ago at my weekly link party there were two Christmas themed chairs linked up, both with a different version of Santa.  One was done in brighter fun colors by Lake Girl Paints, and the other one was more vintage looking by A Vintage Fairy.

They were so fun and left me wanting my very own Christmas chair.  Because every house should have a Christmas chair, right?  Of course, I usually have chairs on hand to work on, but I had nada in my garage.  So I sadly put my dreams of a Christmas chair out of my mind.  But then, through my local freecycle, came an ad from a woman giving away some chairs that needed repair!  I responded and picked up a four chairs, two beyond repair but maybe usable for parts, and 2 that needed more minor repairs.  This chair was one that needed just a little love.

I don’t know if you can tell in the picture below, but the spindle on the right was broken at the connection point.

I used Gorilla Glue to repair it.

I wet the parts that needed the glue, applied the glue and let it do its work.  Gorilla Glue “grows” as it dried and bonds, filling gaps, which is why it was perfect in helping to form that connection again in this case.  Once it had dried, I gave the chair a more thorough sanding, and got to work with my red paint!  I used General Finishes in Red Pepper from Rockler, which is an amazing warm red with a slight orange undertone.  I was going for a Swedish look with this chair and I thought it was the perfect shade.  I did not need to prime, and only needed to apply three coats of paint, which is fabulous for red paint!

General Finishes EF Milk Paints

Once the paint dried, I used a white acrylic paint and a letter stencil to apply “God Jul” into the corner of the chair. That is Swedish for Merry Christmas.  I then distressed the chair by hand with sandpaper on the edges to give it a more worn look.

Finally to finish it off, I applied one of my favorite waxes from Rockler, Liberon Black Bison Clear wax.

Liberon Black Bison Fine Paste Wax

If you haven’t used this wax before, it smells SOOOOOO good.  I enjoy using it!  I applied it with a rag and let it dry, and then out the chair in my living room, which is already decked out for the holidays.




I just love how it turned out, and now my dream of a Christmas chair has been fulfilled. :)  If you have furniture projects to share, hop over to my blog and link them to my party going on now!

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