Monday, August 11, 2008

A Project

There is a wicker chair that has been in my family for about 20+ years it seems like. For as long as I can remember, it was in my parent's living room with a matching table. When I moved to Nashville about 10 years ago, it was passed to me (everybody else was tired of it and I was at my first job out of college so I was taking anything I could get my hands on, especially things that were free).

It has made an appearance now and then for the last several years but when Mike and I got married, it had a final resting place in our attic. However, when we moved a couple of months ago, it saw the light of day again and I decided it would be a nice addition to our front porch. I had wanted a wicker chair for the front porch and even though it's not the garden style that you normally see, I thought it would work.

For all these years, this chair has been the natural wicker color, like a tannish brown. Then I started blogging and life changed, for me and the chair!. Spray paint was now new in my vocabulary and since this chair needed a lift, it was the first experiment. I first painted it off white, like this.


I put it on our front porch, but since our house is white, with black shutters, the chair got lost. So, on to Plan B. Black seemed to be such an inspiring color for so many of you, so I tried it...and succeeded!


It still needed a little something though. Just a little color. My mom made the pillow using and old sofa pillow I had and some of the fabric I got a few weeks ago at the flea market. Now, it doesn't get lost, but stands out! Hooray!

Also, yesterday was the first day back to school for Mike. He is a high school math teacher at one of the magnet schools. Not only is he a math teacher, but he's one of those teachers. You know, the kind that actually teaches and the kids come away having actually learned something. But he's also one of those teachers too, the kind that gives homework on the first day of school!

I am so thankful to be married to someone who loves what they do and wants to continue doing it as long as he can! In honor of his first day back I made one of his favorite meals, Poppyseed Chicken...it gets a 10 every time!





















12 comments:

Davene said...

Wow, what a difference in that chair! The black with the red from the pillow really POPS. Great job!

Kim said...

You did an amazing job with the chair. I'm becoming a lover of black furniture! :-)

Dinner looks great too!

Kim~

Katie said...

The chair looks amazing! I have a wicker chair on my front porch with pillows...I found it in an antique store, brown originally, but got spray-painted black. I have wicker in just about every room...and I don't think any of it is white. Isn't that funny? I love white wicker, it just all gets painted different colors!

Sounds like your husband is a great teacher! Eeeek! High school math! Even saying it gives me hives. I'm hideously terrible at math. Just about the only thing I remember is that quadratic equation song. hehe!

So funny you should mention poppy seed chicken! That's what we are having tonight! It's my first time fixing it...I got the recipe from another blogger! I wonder if y'all's is the same recipe...

Nikki said...

The chair turned out great, I love the black, the chicken also looks really good!

Christy said...

You know how much I like the chair with it's new and improved look. Who would have thought. Maybe you should give the wicker table a makeover:)

Poppyseed chicken... my favorite!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I love the chair black and that red check pillow is just the perfect touch. It looks amazing. So much detail shows after the paint job.

KARIN said...

Wahh! You didn't post the recipe!!! Maybe I can Google one..Your chair looks so great now that its black!

Lana said...

The chair looks wonderful! I am also new to the spray painting after seeing so many people using it online! I'm new to your blog...I somehow stumbled upon it! I am from middle TN originally. Just moved to SC a few months back!

Angie said...

The chair and pillow look so cute! Spray paint is truly an awesome thing!And now it comes in so many colors - it used to just come in plain colors. But, if you're like me, black and white are the two colors I use the most when painting something. The chicken looks delicious! I'll have to look up a recipe for that.

Shannon said...

Love the look of that chair! It looks great black. That typing thing is addicting!

beckic said...

Would you mind sharing your recipe for poppyseed chicken? It looks fantastic!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love that chair!! It looks so pretty with the pillow. And I have to say that the poppyseed chicken dish looks wonderful too...would you share the recipe with us? :)
-Carrie