Happy Sunflower Chair

Many, many years ago I found this very unique chair at Mac’s Place, an antique store in Boulder Creek.  It was sturdy, but a chipped blue color with faded yellow sunflowers.  The pattern and details of the cut wood flowers and leafs caught my attention, and I knew I could repaint it and bring new life to this one of a kind piece.

As the chair sat in the garage year after year, eventually, I’d have time for “fun, painting projects.”

In 2018, I sanded the chair, but the blue paint was stubborn.  I primed it, but not too thick over the sunflowers so I could still make out the original artists intentions.


I started to color the sunflowers, experimenting with outlines trying to maintain the original flower design.


I painted the chair orange, the same color as one we chose for the house trim which is warm and vibrant.  But, the colors of the flowers changed as I mixed different paints.  I also had 4-5 different colors of green so I would paint and repaint until it fit.

Many random days were spent in the garage painting a coat and then returning months later to try again with something else.  It was a long process.


In the summer of 2019, I finally decided to use the chair.  It needs some touch ups, and I could not consider it done.  But for now, I want it stationed at the coffee bar so I can look at it every day!  I just wish there were more.  I enjoy visiting Mac’s Place to find other random treasures, you never know what you might find!



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2.5 acre permaculture with heritage orchard, organic gardens, redwood forest, and riparian corridor along Love Creek at the base of Ben Lomond mountain, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz County.
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