I bought this chair a while back with no thought what so ever of what to do with it. And so it sat. Finally, it occurred to me it is a great candidate for an Old Fashioned Milk Paint project. I love working with this paint. The colors are so soft looking. Plus it is so easy to mix up custom colors. And that is just what I did. So I will show you how to give a traditional chair a farmhouse look.
In its previous life, the chair may have been navy, at least according to the tag on the bottom. And the original upholstery was navy. I always remove the material down to the foam if I can. It is interesting to see layer upon layer of material. This cushion only had the 2 layers plus the old cotton batting. Yuck. I threw it out since I was going to put brand new batting around the foam. The foam was washed to freshen it up.
First things first though. I couldn’t paint over the chair the way it was. So I ended up sanding and stripping it. By the way, if you have seen the trick of brushing on paint stripper and wrapping it in plastic wrap to dissolve the paint it works. Once the chair was paint free I washed it down with white cleaning vinegar and water.
The fabric is a curtain I bought at a thrift store and is the inspiration. I was definitely thinking of the red for the first layer of Old Fashioned Milk Paint. After that, I couldn’t decide on white, been there done that. Black or navy blue. Navy blue got the vote.
So how did I get the navy? It is so easy. I mix one part of the Federal Blue with the water. Then I carefully added some pitch black. And a little more until I dumped the little container of it into the Federal Blue. So it is equal parts of Federal Blue and Pitch Black for a nice deep navy.
I didn’t add any extra bond because I wanted the paint to chip away. And did you notice I left the back part of the chair red? I was going to leave the whole back red but it looked like I didn’t finish painting it.
And of course, the piece needs to be protected. I waxed the chair to a nice sheen with Daddy Van’s wax. So how to give a traditional chair a farmhouse look is easy by using OFMP and let it chip away and use red stripe ticking for the upholstery. What do you think?
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