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I must confess my chair addiction. I may have already mentioned that I have a problem with collecting chairs. So my garage is overflowing with all kinds of chairs, even bits and pieces of chairs. In order to make room… gosh will that ever happen?
I am tackling two of the four French upholstered chairs I picked up at a garage sale. $30.00 for four chairs and a few other odds and ends. Wow! The upholstery is in excellent shape so I just scrubbed the chairs with Tuff Stuff foam cleaner and let them dry in the sun.
As you can see the chairs have a French style which I love. Since the upholstery wasn’t damaged I used delicate painters tape all around the upholstered part and then came back and taped cut up plastic bags over the taped edge to protect the cloth from the paint.
I decided to blend a flamingo pink and peach DIY chalk paint (click here for the recipe) on the wooden part. It was just a matter of putting each color in an old pie tin and dipping the brush in both colors. I was trying to pick up those colors that are in the chair. After it was dry I placed the cushion by the edge. Although the colors are in the chair it just wasn’t doing it for me. That was ok as my original plan was to come back and use the neutral color from the upholstery. I mixed up my DIY chalk paint using Sherwin Williams paint sample in Portabella. Before painting I used the Vaseline distress method in the carvings of the chairs. That is the method of putting a light coat of Vaseline where you don’t want the next coat of paint to adhere. It reminds me of batiking fabric for those of you that may have done that back in the day. Hmmm another project maybe?
Two coats of paint later, a light sanding and they were ready to wax. I used Minwax alternating between my waxing brush and a soft cloth. I then buffed off the wax with a soft cloth. To highlight the details in the chairs I used Rub N Buff in Spanish Copper. It is a dark metallic color with bursts of the copper. If I applied to much, I used clear wax to clean off some of the Rub N Buff. A final buffing with the soft cloth and they were done.
I really like the style of the chairs and would love to keep them. Until I could move them to my booth, Shoppe No. 5 I had them in my den and I liked how they look against the paint color. Problem is one of my cats, Andy has claws and knows how to use them. So off to the shop they went. Not only are the chairs comfortable but they should help any one else who has a chair addiction and has to have every chair they see. How can you resist them? What do you think?
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