Remember this chair I redid for my ongoing forever family room makeover?? ( and I'm still not finished) Well....I had purchased its mate also, which someone saw and commissioned a makeover for a room they are decorating. This time I went in an entirely different direction for redoing this fabulous old Louis XV mid century piece. (some asked why I redid that gorgeous old tapestry on the chair. Trust me...it was very stained and had to be changed)
I had painted the one above, with the burlap, birds and ruffle trim, in an antique cream latex/acrylic paint. The second chair, the one I am showing you today, I painted a plain stark white and used Annie Sloan dark wax to antique it. I distressed the old chair just a bit, actually distressing it where it had its original chips and dings already. I applied the wax with a very light touch, only giving it a slight mellow aged effect. I used an artist's angle shader brush to apply the wax just a bit darker in the crevices. This chair has beautiful carving and the light waxing high lighted it beautifully.
Now here comes the fun part or........ the really SCARY part!!!
I had been reading how lots of bloggers have been painting upholstery fabric sooooo I decided to try it. My main tutorial on this was from Kristy at the blog Hyphen Interiors. (thank you Kristy). After reading her tutorial as well as many others, I decided to just use a latex/acrylic white paint. I used a white, adding a dark gray, until I achieved the soft French gray color my client requested. To this you add a Textile Medium, which transforms acrylic paint into a washable fabric paint. And then water it down until it has a glaze like consistency. Spray your upholstery with water until it's damp, and then start the scary part....painting it. :) I ended up doing three coats. Since my fabric has a lot of texture to it, the pattern shows through the layers of paint and gives it an interesting effect....... which I fell in love it.
The start..........I like to hand paint my pieces.
Here...the wood painting is finished and I have frog taped off the cording trim to paint the upholstery. You can see the grunginess of the old fabric here and the worn areas. I used a small roller for the larger areas of fabric and a tiny thin brush for the fabric close to the wood. How did I correct the worn areas on the arm pads? I actually sanded it with a very fine grade paper and it worked quite well. :)
Now...here is the really really really scary part! Look closely at that photo. I was actually standing on the table working on the chair (thank goodness) when that guy slithered by. I didn't even see him until he was as close as you see here, I was so concentrating on what I was doing. (this is where I did my rendition of the scream from Home Alone) :)
Now that you've climbed down off your computer chair........let's continue...shall we? In this photo you can see the difference between two and three coats of paint. Sometimes, it gets worse before it gets better. :)
And the finished chair. I absolutely love it! It's simple and elegant and can adapt to any color scheme. Would I try this method again?? Absolutely! :)
Got my suitcase packed, the presents all wrapped and my newest shelter magazine ready to do some catch up reading. Heading out on a jet plane this week.....heading out to the mid-west and am tickled pink to meet some bloggers....one being that incomparable lady, The Savvy City Farmer. Gonna do some serious shopping at the SHED! Heck....we're even bringing a trailer!! Will I see you there??
I am so appreciative when you choose to follow my blog and if you do already.....I thank you so much. ♥ It's always a pleasure to join these wonderful parties.....charming hostess and full of inspiration. I know they will love it if you give them a visit.
sweet Beverly at Pink Saturday
Jennifer Rizzo's painted furniture party
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage,
White Wednesday at Faded Charm,
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,
Cowgirl Up at Farmhouse Porch
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ,
Sherry at her Open House on Thursday
and Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground