Brightening Up Dark Spaces

distressed chairs, farmhouse chairs, renovation

Moving into our apartment, I felt like I had chosen a small cave for myself to live in (the dream right?). We had a lot of my husband’s college “man” themed things, aka whatever his mom was nice enough to buy him, and then a few items I (being very broke at the time) had brought to the table. It wasn’t until recently that I realized just because this space was small and lightless (the only place we get light is through the sliding glass door) didn’t mean it had to FEEL small.

Here's the look of the chairs BEFORE

Here's the look of the chairs BEFORE

So whether you have a tiny rented place where ripping out a wall and putting in windows isn’t an option, or an airy cottage- here’s a tip to make things look livelier and more spacious.

These chairs are a basic farmhouse style that you could find at a thrift store, second hand store, or craigslist. 

These chairs are a basic farmhouse style that you could find at a thrift store, second hand store, or craigslist. 

Light colors - using lots of white and less “weighty” colors will help open up your home and make it appear that you have more room. One way we did this was by painting John’s red wooden thrift store chairs and distressing them to make them fit the farm house/ broken in look we wanted. This took a lot of time (you will probably be faster than both of us combined), but was completely worth it since it really changed the look and feel of the room.

 We used:

  • Minwax Stainer (Early American 230)
  • Behr Interior eggshell paint (we used Night blooming Jasmine, but get whatever shade of white you like best)
  • Electric sander (80 grit to remove finish and 120 grit to smooth it out after)
  • Painting tools
  • 100 grit sand paper for distressing
  • Polyurethane
Put on your glove, go outside and use a mask!

Put on your glove, go outside and use a mask!

Here are the steps:

I promise I did a lot of work too!

I promise I did a lot of work too!

  1. Sand the seat of the chair, getting off all the previous finish
  2. Use desired stainer (3 coats for the darker stain we did)
  3. Paint white on legs and back of the chair making sure you can’t see significant brush strokes when you finish. (3 coats of paint too)
  4. Strategically sand the chair making it look distressed
  5. Polyurethane the seat only
  6. If you are in Nashville like us, go find a pool to jump in!
Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Shop the Wooden Votive Candle Holder in the market!

Shop the Wooden Votive Candle Holder in the market!

table setting, apartment style, refurbished, sage
I used double shot shot glasses for mini vases in this candle votive (click image to view in the shop!)

I used double shot shot glasses for mini vases in this candle votive (click image to view in the shop!)

 

Let me know your thoughts on this project and I would love to see pictures if you try it yourself. Good luck, ya little home brightener!