Driving through my neighborhood I spied a chair by a garbage can. It wasn’t on the curb so I got my nerve up and knocked on the door.
The lady said it was a curbside find, didn’t have time to work on it and was going to put it out for the garbage men to pick up. It’s mine, this glorious imperfection for a time worn look. What detail, the lines, the history, the potential.
When I started working on it I saw the one arm was beat up. Actually I think it was chewed by a dog. I thought about it, how to fix it. When I went to Lowes, Home Depot, Hobby Lobby and Michaels I tried to get ideas. I didn’t like any of them and decided to embrace the glorious imperfection of the chair.
This chair was going to be so beautiful that the damage wouldn’t be noticed. As usual I scrubbed it down. This chair is one of the examples where I decided to keep the original foam and webbing. I scrubbed it and bleached it, allowed the sun to dry it. It still looks yucky but I know it is clean.
I didn’t take a lot of time to look for material. I did find some fabric at Hancock Fabrics but because they are going out of business I had to buy 5 yards. I didn’t need that much. I am still in my mindset to use what I have. I didn’t find material in my supply that I really felt would go so I did my old standby. That’s right, drop cloth material. I will show you the upholstering part in the next post.
I mixed up some of my DIY chalk paint in a color called Turkish Coffee. It is a deep rich brown. I always like to use a nice base coat. The second color was a creamy color and then I did a custom color. I mixed a touch of the Turkish Coffee with Impressive Ivory and then in a separate container I mixed up Impressive Ivory. Of course these are Sherwin-Williams paints because I really like the paint.
For the 3rd and final coat of paint I alternated painting the chair in the custom color I mixed with the ivory color. I painted and blended to achieve the time worn look I was going after.
Mitch’s Chair Detail After Glorious Imperfection For A Time Worn Look
The chair was waxed with the clear wax. Due to all of the details I used the waxing brush. When it came time to buff it I used a soft cloth and the brush that attaches to my drill. Then I applied the dark wax in the detailed spots and buffed to a nice glow.
As I looked at the chair I didn’t even see the imperfections, I saw a chair with a glorious imperfection for a time worn look.
- Waxing Brush similar to the one I use
- Drill Brush
- Clear Wax
- Dark Wax
- Plaster of Paris