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Friday, June 24, 2016

Wanna Be A Mermaid?

Wanna Be A Mermaid?

Vintage shield back chair painted in DIY Paint Mermaid Tail

Phoenix in June....yup...not a surprise to anyone but it's hot here. Yeah it's a dry heat...but so is my oven. I kid you not, this past Sunday it was 120 degrees at my house. For real. I'm not exaggerating for dramatic effect (although I've been known to do that). 

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So how do we Phoenicians get through the summer? Simple. Pools and denial. Not necessarily in that order. My particular denial is flipping about in the pool pretending I'm a mermaid...I just love mermaids...their beauty and their expression and yes...I know that they may or may not be a mythical creature but that doesn't change a thing. 

Mermaid Art
My inspiration for the chair "She Swims With The Fishes" by Tina Christiansen
When I found this cute little chair (of course I didn't take a before because of who I am as a person) I wanted to do a turquoise blue and so I immediately went to the DIY paint palette and picked out the most lovely shade of blue green and guess what it's called? Yep....Mermaid Tail. And here's how it went:

DIY Mermaid Tail Paint A Bright Happy Aqua

So I started with this delicious shade of blue green and I knew it would help make this vintage chair happy and refreshed (a feeling I was striving for in the 120 degree heat). The wonderful thing for a lazy painter like me is to just open the can and start painting. There is virtually no prepping, priming or sanding involved. I will admit I ran a rag over it to remove the dust and I took the seat cushion off...but that was the extent of my prep. 

DIY Paint Mermaid Tail Can Open

It took 2 coats of paint for complete coverage and A LOT of patience to get in the nooks and crannies of the shield-back design but I could quickly see the inspiration coming through and I loved it! I let each coat dry about 2-3 hours then I just grabbed a damp rag and started wiping away in places that wear would occur naturally then I applied a quick coat of wax and let dry overnight. A quick buff and a fresh new slip seat and look how she turned out! I love her! It's so easy, you can do it! If you feel like you need help, go HERE for my class schedule!

Vintage chair painted in Mermaid Tail chalk paint

Look at this beautiful chair painted in DIY Paint Mermaid Tail! What a long, tall glass of water!

Don't you want to take a dip? Who doesn't want to be a mermaid?

Wanna be a Mermaid? Just paint me in DIY Chalk paint!

DIY Chalk Paint in color Mermaid Tail makes me want to take a dip! It's hard to feel hot and sweaty when you are looking at this cool cucumber!

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  1. So cute! And I LOVE that color. PS I can't function in temps over 105. 120??????

    1. It's a little crazy seriously....but the pool helps. And AC....and cool beverages. Oh and not leaving the house!

  2. This is so adorable! Love the colors and fabric:) pinned too!

    1. Thanks Jemma!! I have to put the brakes on to not paint EVERYTHING in that color!

  3. Love love that chair. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.