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Children's Storybook Reading Chairs | DIY

One of my favorite things to do is look around thrift stores and garage sales for previously owned wood furniture with good bones. With some sanding, painting, and a little DIY love, worn out furniture can be repurposed into amazing art. These pieces can be sold for profit, or they could be used to add unique flair to any space. You wouldn't believe how many individuals look for pre-loved wood furniture. I think we can all agree, they just don't make it like they used to.

For this project however, a friend and fellow DIY-er gifted me these chairs to repurpose. They have been sitting in my garage an embarrassingly long time. I figured it was about time to do something with them. Of course, my first stop was Pinterest for a little PIN-spiration. 😉

I love a rustic looking two tone piece which was my first thought for these. However, they're going in my kids' playroom which will double as our homeschooling classroom. I found the cutest repainted storybook reading chairs and fell in love. These DIY chairs would be a charming edition to a school classroom or library as well. You don't even need a great deal of artistic ability to create them. You could just as easily use stencils to create your DIY work of art.

I began by sanding the chairs with 180 grit sandpaper to get rid of any finish that was previously applied and remove any splintering in the wood. Then I used 220 grit sand paper to smooth out the surface for painting. Next, I used a tack cloth to remove any dust from sanding.

*Before and after sanding*

After applying the main colors, I sketched out a rough outline on the seat of what I wanted to paint using pencil.

I then moved on to the next most used color which was white.

I love how they turned out! They have so much character and I love the vibrant colors they bring to our homeschooling classroom.

Let me know what DIY you want to see next!

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