Mackenzie Childs Knock  Off Chair Checkerboard

This is a true trash to treasure project.  Trash?  Yes, it came out of a pile of trash and into my craft room for a Mackenzie Childs makeover!  And now I cannot wait to find another one!  Want to see the before?…

trash to treasure chair And now for a little inspiration…

Mackenzie Childs Chair

Ok, so my chair is a little different style.  It is still a chair worthy of a makeover with whimsical potential.  Just look at how much inspiration you can draw from these chairs.  Of course I love the checkerboard, multi use of colors and addition of flowers, I was just thinking more along the stylized daisy/sunflower route rather then roses.  Just click on the picture above to bip on over to the Mackenzie Childs website if you want to see more or follow along if you would like to see how easy it was to transform our trashy chair to a whimsical Mackenzie Childs knock off treasure. 🙂

Ok the first and only not so fun part is cleaning up the chair.  Just hose it off and let it dry or wipe it down really good.


Apply a light coat of primer.  The Kilz primer has a little texture to it that really helps the paint stick.


Next I applied two coats of black spray paint letting each one dry before applying the next.


Now for the really fun part…drawing on your design to color in with paint!  First I marked the middle of the seat and then grabbed a roll of duck tape to trace a large circle in the middle for my flower.


Next I drew some petals around the circle and then working out from the center, I marked lines 1 inch apart going horizontally and vertically.


Then with a flexible ruler I also made 1″ marks along the top bar of the chair starting at the center and then making marks horizontally and vertically.

Mackenzie Childs Knock off chair

I started coloring in the flower on the seat and then proceeded to the back of the chair where I added some yellow stripes and started a smaller flower.

Mackenzie Childs Knock Off Chair

Then using a 1″ brush dipped in white and a little cream, I painted the checkerboard.  Next I started adding some lime to the flower petals.  Using the eraser end of a pencil and started adding lime polka dots to the center of the large flower.

Mackenzie Childs Knock Off Chair

I also painted some lime green on the front and back of the chair and added some yellow polka dots.

Mackenzie Childs checkerboard chair knock off

To finish up the seat, I added some white, red, and black dots by dipping the ends of different size brushes into the paint and then simply dotting on chair. I then brushed on some black lines on the leaves and added a few more black dots to add some more interest.

Knock Off Mackenzie Childs Chair

I repeated some of the flower details on the smaller flower on the back of the chair.  I also added some red stripes and then with an almost dry brush, lightly brushed a little yellow over the red.

To finish it all off, I added a coat of glossy varnish.  Voila!!!  Thank you mom for rescuing this chair, it would have been so sad not to give it a new life!  Try to see the extraordinary potential in ordinary things 🙂

Cyber hugs,








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  1. JaneEllen

    IF you keep that up McKenzie Childs is liable to contact you to work for them. Wow, that chair is so great, like all your other projects like hers. How you figured out how to do that design is incredible, loving it. What other projects of hers do you have in mind or does it depend on what you find? Bravo for excellent work. Love this post. Happy summer days

    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Hi Jane, thanks for your sweet comment 🙂 As far as future projects I have to say that sometimes I feel as if I am looking at the world through Mackenzie Childs glasses!! I was driving the kids to basketball this morning and every time I looked at a door, flower box, birdhouse, or bench I saw it with brightly colored designs with contrasting checkerboard trims!!! Now I am eyeballing my kitchen stools and entry way banister! My mom also has three projects “on deck” which she wants redone. Cannot wait to get to those so I am trying to wrap up summer activities and garden projects. I am having so much fun and it is twice as fun when I hear from folks like you!

  2. Cale

    Wou!Ameizing chair.From trash to treasure!Yes.I LOVE this.Your chair come to from fairy tale Alisa…Kiss from Serbia,

    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Hi Cale, Thanks for the love from Serbia! Don’t you just love how the internet makes the world seem smaller and united 🙂 Happy Day and Cyber hugs to you!

  3. Carie Spence

    I love the whimsical look and adore your chair more than your inspiration! Incredible work! Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Thanks Carie 🙂

    2. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Thanks Carie 🙂

  4. navywifeypeters

    Gorgeous chair! The paint design looks so fun, and I love the flower.

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party!

    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Thanks 🙂

  5. Kathleen Taylor

    I love your work and I think I have read all your blog! I just wondered what type if paints you used for the decoration on the chair. Is it the little bottles of craft paint like you did for the Pot/lamp?

    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Hi Kathleen, I am so happy you are enjoying Joyful Daisy 🙂 I did use the same paints on this chair. These paints dry with a flat finish so the layer of glaze at the end pulls it together and makes it look finished.


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