Before & After: A Beat-Up Peacock Chair Gets Pretty

published Aug 14, 2014
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(Image credit: Barbara Lima)

When Barbara found this beat-up but beautiful chair in a thrift store, she already had two peacock chairs, but something about this one was different. It wasn’t very exciting to look at, but the chair was so sturdy and strong that she couldn’t help but bring it home.

(Image credit: Barbara Lima)

We just love Barbara’s thoughtful take on preowned furniture. Every DIYer can relate to these sentiments.

Barbara says:

Secondhand furniture can sometimes be like people. It may take a while until they reveal their true potential (or until we can see it ourselves). Sometimes we just need to spend more time with them to be able to connect in a deeper level with them (with the chair I mean creatively, of course).

Interestingly, I gave away the other two peacock chairs and kept this one. At that point I could see beyond its beat-up look and imagine it painted in a vivid blue. After brushing off as much of the old paint as I could and vacuuming the chair to get rid of dust and small leaves that got caught in the wicker, I applied two coats of this beautiful blue spray paint that is specific for metal, plastic, wood and wicker surfaces. It’s such a simple before and after, but the transformation is beautiful.

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Thank you Barbara!