Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years
When my mom downsized her house over the summer she got rid of a TON of furniture. I snagged a couple pieces from her - one of them being this vintage ladder back chair. When I was little and we were living in South Carolina my parents owned a restaurant and the entire place was decked out with these chairs. I wanted to keep one for old times sake but really wanted it to be a piece that went well in the parlor.
So I picked out a spray paint I liked and got to work. In my shabby chic experience, spray paint can either be a friend or foe- but I have found some tricks to distressing pieces quickly and efficiently. The trick is to lightly sand your piece, spray paint it the desired color and wait until the paint is tacky before sanding in the places you want to distress. You should get something like this...
The entire project takes me about twenty minutes and I really love the country look it added to our Parlor.
Wishing you well.