How to Mix the Perfect Coral & Chair Makeover

I found this chair at my local ReStore and although I loved the style, the paint job not so much. Although it's hard to see in the picture, there were lots of cracks that needed to be repaired to do this makeover properly.

 BEFORE

BEFORE

The existing painted surface was rough, bumpy with many drip marks.  Using my orbital sander, I removed enough of the paint to create a smooth canvas for its coral makeover.

 FILLING THE CRACKS

FILLING THE CRACKS

See all the white areas?  That's my favorite furniture CPR product used to fill in all the existing cracks.  You can read all about my scratch and chew mark repair technique here.

 FILLING THE CRACKS

FILLING THE CRACKS

DecoArt had sent me a samples of their chalky finish paint in Vintage {mint} and Smitten {coral}.  Both were beautiful colors but I ended up choosing Smitten for this project since I've never painted anything in the coral family. I'll be saving Vintage for something else for sure.

 CHALKY FINISH PAINT IN VINTAGE & SMITTEN

CHALKY FINISH PAINT IN VINTAGE & SMITTEN

I love mixing custom colors and after painting a sample board,  I knew I wanted to add more of a pink undertone to Smitten.  After playing around, I came up with the PERFECT CORAL for my chair.  

 CREATING A CUSTOM CORAL {FLUSH} WITH CHALKY FINISH PAINT

CREATING A CUSTOM CORAL {FLUSH} WITH CHALKY FINISH PAINT

I mixed a tiny amount of chalky finish in Romance to Smitten and created a beautiful, pinky coral.  I'm naming this color FLUSH, since it's the product of the equation Romance + Smitten. To mix FLUSH yourself, the ratio of Smitten to Romance is 12:1.  

After getting a coat of FLUSH, the back of the chair was ready for the Midas touch with this beautiful foil.

 DECOART GOLD TREND DECOUPAGE PAPER

DECOART GOLD TREND DECOUPAGE PAPER

Did you know DecoArt has a new line of decoupage papers?!  They sent me this beautiful paper from their Gold Trend collection and I knew I had to use it to glam-up this chair.

 APPLYING DECOUPAGE PAPER

APPLYING DECOUPAGE PAPER

I applied the gold paper with DecoArt decoupage medium in matte to the front and back of the chair support.  My trick to sanding off the excess paper was using a fingernail file since a sanding block wouldn't fit between the spindles.  

 PAINTING A GOLD STRIPE ON THE SEAT

PAINTING A GOLD STRIPE ON THE SEAT

To carry the gold on the seat of the chair, I used DecoArt's Glorious Gold metallic paint to add a stripe down the middle.

 GOLD DIPPED FEET

GOLD DIPPED FEET

And by taping off the bottom three inches of each leg, the feet were 'gold dipped.'

 AFTER

AFTER

Gold and coral were meant to be a couple!

 AFTER

AFTER

I now have a coral crush on this custom color Flush!  Trying saying that tongue twister three times.

 AFTER

AFTER

This chair went from bubblegum pop to grown up and glamorous.  

It's part of a set and I'm anxious to reveal the vanity soon. And as always, please pin and share if this restyle inspired you.