Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

Well…I did it again.  Then again.  Then again.  You see, this month I signed up for the Fab Furniture Flippin’ contest again because I was intrigued by the challenge; take a piece of ho hum furniture and turn it into a metallic furniture masterpiece with Country Chic Paints metallic cream paint.  Plus, the name of the contest drew me in, Bling Bling.  Who wouldn’t want to be part of a contest called Bling Bling?  I thought this would be a cinch.  Not quite as easy as I thought, but in the end…

DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

Not bad right?  Believe me, it wasn’t an easy journey getting to this point.  Note to self…don’t sign up for a furniture makeover contest when you don’t have a piece of furniture to paint.  Kinda a no-brainer right?  I thought for sure I would easily find a piece of furniture I wanted to paint at my local thrift and knew exactly the colors I wanted to use.

I received a pint of Icicle paint and a pint of Silver Bullet metallic cream along with some paint accessories as part of entering the contest.  I thought for sure I was going to do a piece of furniture in the Silver Bullet and then a dry brush  the Icicle color on a dresser.  The problem was, I couldn’t find a small dresser…like anywhere.  I went to all my thrift stores every day and every day went home with an empty mini-van (yep, I totally rock that mini-van).  Finally, when it came down to the wire, I decided I needed to just buy something.  That’s when this sweet little chair entered my life and whispered, “I could be something great”, so I bought it for $7.50 and contemplated.

DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

After letting it sit untouched for a few days, I finally dove in and painted the whole piece with the Icicle color and used the Vaseline technique of rubbing a little Vaseline on spots I wanted the paint to resist to give me a chippy old paint look.  Then I went back in with the Silver Bullet and brushed it on letting some of it go on the wood color.  I recovered the seat with a buffalo check on the bias and stood back…and stared, walked away, and came back and stared some more.

DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

Did I like it?  Is it really me?  Am I a chippy paint kind of gal? I don’t have anything else in my house that is “chippy”. Hmmmm.  You would have thought I was solving some major world crisis with the thinking and staring and sighing I did around the house.

So I started again.  I know…let’s all say perfectionist together.  This time I found some black chalk paint I had hanging out in the garage and painted the whole thing black.  Then I went back in with the Silver Bullet and highlighted some of the details that makes this little chair so charming.

DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

I didn’t worry about painting it perfectly…who has time for that?  I ended up brushing the Silver Bullet on and then rubbing it into the wood with my finger.  I love how it went into the cracks of the oak.  I wanted to highlight all the details of the chair.  The more I worked with the chair the more I developed a deep appreciation for the design of it.  They just don’t make chairs like this anymore.

DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

I also added a little pop of color by trimming out the cushion with some ready made green piping.  I think the little pop of color really makes the chair.  Ready for some pics?  Here they come.


DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover


DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

And yes, in case you were wondering, we don’t keep umbrellas in our umbrella stand…we keep light sabers.  You never know when a Sith is going to surprise attack.  With two boys, we have lots of light saber battles around here and we live in sunny Florida.  By the way, isn’t the blue and white umbrella holder just the cutest?

DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

DIY Metallic Furniture Chair Makeover

I want to thank Country Chic paint and their awesome line of paints for this challenge.  You can achieve this same look by using their Licorice All In One paint along with the metallic cream in the color Silver Bullet.  I also want to thank the gals over at the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest (TM) for this fun, albeit stressful, challenge.  If you are a blogger and would like to be a part of next months challenge, contact them over at but I highly recommend owning an actual piece of furniture to paint.

I’m linking this project up at Thea’s blog, Sweet Tea Refinishing, and Carrie’s blog, Thirty Eighth Street.  You can head over there to see what other contestants have done with their metallic cream finish paint.


Have a fantastic day friends!


My awesome friend Lucy from Patina Paradise put together this incredible party list. Lucy and I, we like to party at the same places. You should come to the party…it’s a blast:


*Show and Share @ Coastal Charm 8AM or 8:30AM

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on The Porch
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 3PM
Inspire Me Monday @ Sand and Sisal 4 or 5PM

*The Scoop @ Stone Gable 5PM CST
Before and After Linkup @ Thrifty Decor Chick 1st Monday of the month

Moonlight and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss 10 or 11AM
* Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style 6pm
* Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasures evenings at 7 PM
* Dream Create Inspire @ Refresh Living evenings at 7PM
* Swing into Spring @ DIY by Design at 10PM
What’s It Wednesdays @ Ivy And Elephants

Creative Spark @ Two Purple Couches 9AM
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson 2PM or 3PM

** Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life 4PM
* Share Your Style @ The Vintage Nest + 7MORE BLOGS!!!!! 6PM CST

Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours 6PM CST

DIY Like A Boss @ The Heathered Nest
*The Creative Circle @ Up to Date Interiors 8AM
Vintage Charm @ Charm Bracelet Diva 9AM
* Shabbilicous Fridays @ The Shabby Art Boutique 1:00PM
*Feathered Nest Fridays @ French Country Cottage 3PM
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme 6PM

Friday’s Furniture Fix @ The Chelsea Project 9PM

AKA Design-Weekend Retreat party 7 pm

*The Inspiration Gallery @ craftberry bush + 2MORE BLOGS! 6pm

Creativity Unleashed @ Practically Functional 6pm
*Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home 6PM
the weekend retreat @ AKA Design 6pm
Inspiration Friday @ The Painted Drawer 9PM


* A morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market 6AM

Upcycled Link Party @ Funky Junk Interiors


*Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes 8:30AM
*DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista 5PM
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home 7PM

* Silver Pennies Sundays @ Finding Silver Pennies 6 or 7 AM
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home + 6 more blogs! 1 PM
**Amaze Me Mondays @ Dwellings 5PM

  1. Michelle James

    May 23, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    This is such a great transformation! I know what you mean about having an idea in mind & then changing it! That is what I love about paint- so easy to change direction!

  2. Cynthia Chilson Finger

    May 24, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Looks great! You’re right — the pop of color makes it really special. Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

  3. Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

    May 26, 2016 at 11:50 am

    So many painting options, I know how that goes, but it turned out great ! The pop of color was genius! Love the fabric too!

  4. Sue at Blu

    May 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I love that you found the perfect finish! GREAT CHAIR!

  5. Keri

    May 28, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Nancy, your chair turned out great!! I’ve also had projects where I had to revisit and paint another color because that first one just wasn’t doing the trick. All the details you added and highlighted look fantastic! I would like to invite you to link up to our party, Sweet Inspiration, happening now. Hope to see you there!

  6. Brenda Young

    May 28, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Adorable little chair makeover, I love the pop of piping color and the final color design choice. Beautiful job Nancy!

  7. Maria Brittis

    May 30, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    This is so pretty! The fabric on the chair is my fav!

  8. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    June 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Your chair is sooo cute!! I’m so glad you stayed with it until you found its bliss. Thanks so much for linking to Fridya’s Furniture Fix. Look for this little guy out on my social media. XOXO Susie from The Chelsea Project

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