Color To The Rescue

As some of you have already noticed, the new issue of R. Home Magazine is out and it features another one of our “Try This” columns. Of course the article looks a bit more glamorous in the glossy magazine (which offers national subscriptions by the way) but the story can also be found online right here: Try This.


This issue is all about color (and budget friendly design) so our column shows how we brought a few super cheap thrift store items- like the tired $10 chair below- back to life with a splash of color.


So click here to read the full article. And don’t worry, we’ll do a few follow-up posts sometime in the near future to break down each project into simple steps. Seriously, we did all three projects in one weekend with a lot of relaxing in between. So keep your eyes peeled for more furniture painting and fabric recovering fun in the coming weeks…

Oh and we almost forgot the coolest part: R. Home decided to give away the chair that we spruced up for the article in an online contest! So if you’re local, visit their contest page for a chance to win. We’re crossing our fingers for you. And if you’re not local, stay tuned for detailed instructions about making your very own.


  1. tom says

    Great article!

    are you guy using regular latex paint for the chair and bench? If so, is it flat or glossy or is it just preference?

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Tom,

      We lightly sanded the chair and bench and then just used regular latex semi-gloss paint applied in three thin, even coats with a mini roller on the chair and a paint brush on the bench.

      We would definitely recommend something with a bit of sheen (semi-gloss or glossy) for wipe-ability and a more flexible application that’s less prone to chipping (flat paint can be a bit dry). Hope it helps!

      Sherry (& John)

  2. says

    Love the fabric on the bench! It might be a nice choice for some swank curtains in my house. :) When you post about the tutorial, could you mention who/what the fabric is? I’m in Charlotte, so unfortunately can’t pop over to the fabric store you mentioned. Thanks!

  3. Alicia says

    Oh my gosh! Love the bench! Now I will be looking for my next project. I do have a chair that I want to recover… Thanks for all of the inspiration! By the way, did you just spray the pots with spray paint? after putting the terra cotta sealer on them.

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Alicia,

      We actually sprayed the terra-cotta-sealer only on the inside and the bottom of the pot while we painted the exterior of the pot (except for the bottom) with latex semi-gloss exterior paint (applied with a brush in two thin coats).

      Stay tuned for detailed tutorials about each project coming soon!


  4. Brandi H. says

    Great job!! Love the bench. Looks like something you would put in your place. The chair looks great great too. Wondering if you will keep it in your home. You definitely wouldn’t miss it :) It’s kind of bright for your decor.

    Can’t wait for the break down.

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Brandi H.

      Since R Home wanted to offer the red chair up for a local giveaway, it didn’t stay in our house. Although you’re right, it certainly wouldn’t have gone unnoticed! It would have been especially cute on the front porch or in the sunroom, though. But we’re glad some lucky local will end up taking it home. Fun, fun, fun.

      More details about all three projects coming soon!


  5. Aimee says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Williams and Sherill! A delightful designer named Jonathan helped me design a new duvet, pillow shams and drapery for our master bedroom. We live in NOVA, but my Richmond buddy turned me onto them…it’s a must visit place every time I’m in Richmond. They are the BEST! It always makes me wonder why NOVA has nothing like it. Sad…but I’m willing to make the trip for the fabulous fabric choices!

  6. Missy says

    Wow! Great ideas… and it looks so easy. I have a ton of old chairs, end tables and old pieces from our old cottage in storage that I’ve been meaning to tackle. Thanks for giving me a vision.

  7. norma says

    I did the same thing with some old chairs a few years ago. Its amazing what a little elbow grease can do,I didn’t have them for very long, a girl friend of mine loved them so much,she bought them and are now in her lovely home.

  8. Jennifer says

    I’m local and entered to win the chair! I love the piano bench. It’s a great idea. I think I could trim the legs to make it shorter so my little kids could use it while they take their shoes off.

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