Chair of Despair

I bought this cute orange chair (Chair of Dispair, CoD) at a yard sale in 1999. I thought I’d recover it, and use it at the makeup table in our bathroom. That didn’t happen. Fast forward to NOW, 2014. The chair has just been in the garage soaking up character; the uglier, the better. I recently took a Paint with Annie Sloan workshop. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. I discovered you can use Annie’s paint to cover ugly fabric. Woo HOO, is any fabric uglier than this? Yes. Probably, there are lots of ugly pieces out there, but this is mine.

CoD had a skirt on it; it was very hard to paint and wax. The upholstered portion was easy to do and successful.

Practice makes perfect. Chair-of-Despair is now useful for big parties or meetings. I’ll keep it in the garage for now, and drag it out as needed. Here’s the original Chair of Despair:

Chair of Despair

Chair of Despair







Here’s the finished product.

Renewed Chair

Renewed Chair


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2 Responses to Chair of Despair

  1. Janeane June 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    Mona-I have used Annie Sloan on wood, but never on fabric! So cool and I love your explanation of it “soaking up character”.


  2. Kerry Lewis June 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    I like your blog, Mona. I don’t think I could do one, though. Not even about music and composing. Probably a “guy thing.”

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