Y’all, i know the title of this post, “Antique Chair Cow Painting…Thrifted & Relifted” sounds a little like…”what is she talking about?!”. But, hang with me for the post, and i’ll show you!

Plus, this is one of my very favorite blog link parties every month because the ladies in this group are so talented and can always make something fabulous out of a dumpster dive. You don’t want to miss seeing all of their amazing “relifts”, trust me! If this is your first time here, you’re in luck to have stumbled upon my little blog on this post! We all take a thrifted item ($30 or less) and give it a new life! So, without further ado…here we go!

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Have y’all ever stumbled upon something, and thought, “I don’t know what i’m going to do with this, but i’m pretty sure i need it?!” Well, such was the case with this little number i got for $3 while out thrifting one day:

Antique cane chair

That’s right. It’s the back of a broken antique chair. But that caning. Swoon, In perfect condition. And the patina had me all googly-eyed. Plus, it was $3.

Well, it sat in a closet for 2 years, and finally one day while i was wandering around cleaning, i knew what i wanted to do with it. (Yes, i know i probably have ADHD).

I knew my idea might be a massive fail…which is why i of course shared it with all of you on Periscope (i like to keep it real y’all). If you want to watch that video, here it is: (it will open on a different page so you will be able to come right back here and finish reading the post).


The first video is of me explaining what my plans are for the chair, and if you want to watch the video of me showing the finished product, here it is:


If you don’t want to watch the videos, you can just keep reading!

I decided i was going to try to paint a cow onto the chair and use it as a wall hanging (because thats a normal thing to do, right?)

I started out painting the outline of my cow and deciding where the grass and skyline would go.

cow painting

After that, it was just filling it in and getting it to look like a cow amongst all the holes in the caning. Putting eyelashes on a cow with holes all around its eyes doesn’t really work y’all…just sayin’.

After filling in my outlines as well as i could, i stood back to see if you could even tell what it was with all those holes. Turns out, you can! We named her Eloise.

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Once she was all dry, it was time to give her a place to “hang” around in our home. We all kinda like her here.

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So what do you think? Will you try your hand at an antique chair cow painting next time you stumble across a broken chair? This reminded me of some well very preserved chairs a friend was telling me about from antiques world recently. It might of contributed to my interest in giving this chair a fix up!

Don’t forget to check out what all these Amazing ladies did with their Thrift & Relift finds!




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Much Love,


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