Monday, August 22, 2011

Lucky Shamrock Blue

In this post from a while back, I showed this image:

It shows a paint chip of 'Lucky Shamrock' blue from Menard's Grand Distinction paint line.  We had a gallon of Dutch Boy's No-VOC Satin Enamel paint color matched to 'Lucky Shamrock' (how perfect is that paint color name?) and here is what I did with it:

Bill picked up four matching and very sturdy wood chairs from an estate sale for $60.  (I grew tired of trying to find mismatched chairs like I was originally planning.  All of the thrift store chairs I was finding were damaged or really tippy, and I didn't feel up for driving across the metro for four to six $10 chairs.  I'm still going to keep an eye out for fun, old, sturdy chairs for the future though.) 

The chairs were this color when we bought them:

Bill brought in one of them and it was lovely!! 
High gloss and chippy and exactly what I wanted. 

Unfortunately, when I took a look at the other three chairs a few days or weeks later, I was greatly disappointed to see how crazy dirty and grimy they were.  My plan was to wash them down and then spray poly them to seal in the old paint and prevent the paint from chipping further.  When I started to wash them down with water and a sponge...the blue paint came off.  A lot of it.  It was bad.  I thought about color matching paint to match the current blue so I could do some touch ups.  We got a sample jar for $2.50, but the touch ups looked bad.  So, we opted to repaint all four chairs in a brand new teal blue called 'Lucky Shamrock', after spray priming them. 

Painting dining chairs has to be one of the most annoying things to paint aside from staining a deck.  When I was painting the chairs, I realized that because these chairs had been previously painted (in green, red, blue and white) there were many, many drip marks from bad paint jobs that I couldn't do much about.  I wish I had stripped all the old paint off, but the thought honestly hadn't crossed my mind at the time.  I was in prime and paint mode, and I wanted the option of sanding down the chairs and making them look all chippy again with different paint colors showing through. 

If I go the chippy route, I would have to poly over the chairs.  So for now, we have Lucky Shamrock colored dining chairs that are so far from perfect it is laughable.  Perhaps I'll strip them in the future and try painting them again or maybe I'll take advantage of all the layers of paint and chip them up.  Regardless, we are enjoying them now.  We bought the chairs in May, and we just put them into our dining room this week.  The process was long and annoying, but I love how they look in the room.  The blue chairs and the green chalkboard are lovely together!!  And my floral Pier 1 chairs pull things together nicely.

I love that girl!!

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  1. I love that girl, too! And her brother!

    Your dining room is lovely. It is so cheery and fun.

  2. Such a cute and fun room! Where did you get your rug and is it scratchy? I'm looking for something similar.

  3. The rug is from Pottery Barn, but it's not currently available:(. It's the Natural Diamond Jute Rug and was $250 for the 8' x 10'. (We had a 10% off coupon that we used on it bringing our total to $225.) It is not scratchy at all. We purchased it a year ago, and we are getting a few pulls in it, but overall it's holding up well with two toddlers. The natural fibers make food spill clean up a breeze.

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  4. Saw you on Finding Fabulous and this room is certainly fabulous. Love it. I am your latest follower. Hope you will stop by and say hi. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

  5. Love the color of the chairs! I have a hard time finding chairs that are stable at the thrift stores, too... there are usually some cheap on Craigslist.

  6. What color is on your dining room walls? it is a green tone correct? thanks