Proof That I Don’t Need to Paint Everything

I bought this beautiful rush seat chair over a year ago and it’s been sitting in our basement ever since.  I tell you I hoard!  I bought it already stripped and ready for the next step (thank you Linda!).

I finally decided not to paint it.  I decided to stain and wax it instead because it feels like an old-fashioned farmhouse chair to me and I thought it needed to return to its original glory.

I used Minwax Stain in Early American and followed up with Minwax Paste Wax in Natural.  I love, love, love how it turned out.  It’s now a perfectly rustic farmhouse chair and I’m not sure I can part with it.  Maybe I’ll put a really high price on it, like Miss Mustard Seed does, and if someone buys it for that price, well then I guess I could let it go . . . maybe.

Thank you for reading!


Linking to:

Miss Mustard Seed
Be Different Act Normal
DIY Project Parade
Between Naps on the Porch



  1. It looks so pretty! Great work and a great decision!

  2. She’s a keeper! Price it $1million

  3. I agree. This chair needs to be left as it is. In the UK (I’m English living in Michigan), we’d make a round what is termed as “a bum warmer!” A little padded round tapestry or needlepoint cushion to sit on. Stops the hardness of the rush seat.

  4. That sounds like a wonderful strategy. Hope you make millions, or, get top keep this beauty!!

  5. It’s gorgeous! I love dark-stained furniture like that, especially against an all-white farmhouse look.

  6. Ohh– yes so happy you went that route! Looks perfect!

  7. Looks great, you made the right decision! I would keep this chair, too, and wish for a whole set!

  8. Wow! You made the right choice! It looks wonderful!

  9. I don’t think I could let her go.


  10. What a beautiful chair! So glad you didn’t paint it!

  11. Keep it! It’s lovely, and you made the right choice.

  12. How I’d love to have an entire set of those chairs…

  13. Good call on not painting this chair. It looks great now.

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