March 2, 2014 by Terry
With it being so cold out lately I haven’t been able to do any paint projects so I thought I would share a past project I’d done for a friend.
She wanted a little chair to place in her front entryway for her visitors to sit on when putting on their shoes. Her entryway is rather small and I thought a rustic little chair would bring in a little character.
I started with a 1920’s ish dining chair, removed the seat and painted it with 2 coats of chalk paint in the color smoke signal.
Next I applied a clear wax to the whole chair, I did this twice just to be sure I didn’t miss any spots. I find that when going over chairs like these it’s easy to miss a wrung or side of a leg etc. sometimes. It also gave it a silky smooth finish.
Next I reupholstered the seat with some burlap fabric. And re attached it to the chair… you can’t see it in these pictures but it looked too pinkish against the grey paint so I ended up using some drop cloth instead…
I went home and thought I’d try painting a grain sack stripe on the fabric… I used the seat from another chair I had that was similar to hers.
I started with covering the seat with some drop cloth and taping off where I wanted the stripes to be…
Then I watered down some of the grey chalk paint to a more watery consistency…but not too watery. Then I added a fabric medium following the directions on the bottle…I kinda eyeballed it as I didn’t mix up a big batch… I was only doing a small area and didn’t want to waste the paint or medium.
The next step was to lightly paint it on the fabric being careful not to push it into the fabric too much…I didn’t want it to bleed under the tape.I removed the tape immediately after which also helps.
Because I am impatient when it comes to dry time, I used my hair dryer to speed up the process. Next I took some sandpaper to the painted areas to soften the fabric again. It feels like regular fabric still and is nice and soft!
This is before sanding it…
We still haven’t decided on which seat we like better on the chair so for now my friend’s chair is just plain without the stripe. Personally I like the stripe but then again I’m a stripe lover!
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