Last spring, I received the Coolest Email Ever.
It was from one of my most favorite magazines in the universe: Do It Yourself Magazine. Yes, the Special Interest Publication by Better Homes & Gardens. The very same DIY Magazine I have looked forward to every three months for years and years and years and I always buy at the store. Every time I peruse the pages I am so inspired.
So when I received the Coolest Email Ever offering me a chance to revamp a ‘mystery’ piece of flea market furniture for the magazine, I picked my jaw up off the floor and immediately replied “Yes!”. The mystery piece arrived a few weeks later, with a note.
It was a chair. A greenish teal crackle finish chair. What could I possibly do with this chair? At first I thought, “Oh, I know, I’ll transform it into a planter!” But that’s been done.
So I stared at it and stared at it and then it spoke to me. No, more like it whispered. The chair whispered to me and it told me this: it wanted to be returned to its roots. So I listened. Ladderback chair? That’s classic French farmhouse. Bring it.
The first part of the transformation involved getting rid of that crackle finish. For any other painted chair I simply would have spray primed and painted it again, easy peasy. But the crackle finish would be apparent, so it had to go. It was Citristrip to the rescue! (I’ve been using Citristrip ever since I compared it with old school strippers, and I’ll never go back.)