February 22, 2016 by Terry
This boring little dated barrel back chair got a makeover with metallic gold paint and some of Santa’s fur … shhhhhh! Don’t tell him ;) !
I was wanting a chair to go in Aliah’s newly madeover room. She and I were going back and forth about her having one in there. I wanted her to have a chair but she didn’t want more furniture in her room.
I thought that maybe she couldn’t envision what I had in mind for the chair and that’s why she really didn’t want one. So … I proceeded with the chair makeover with hopes of convincing her that this would be lovely in her room.
I dismantled the chair completely down to it’s bare bones and painted it with gold metallic paint followed by some dark antiquing wax to tone it down a bit and give it a hint of aged patina. (BTW: only the top half is waxed in these photos as I ran out of dark wax and haven’t had a chance to get more yet … sorry!)
I picked up some white Santa’s fur from the fabric store that I managed to score for 50% off. Turns out the fabric store was having a “50% off anything white” sale! Yeay me! It was my lucky day!
I have to say that this was the absolute easiest upholstering job ever using fur as the staples are instantly hidden and I didn’t need to use trim.
If only every upholstering project were this easy! I might get more done ;)
This is the part where I NEED YOUR OPINION and suggestions … The caning is bothering me to a small degree… I don’t know if it looks ‘right’ as it is or if I should paint it? OR remove it completely? What color would I paint it? White? Gold? Should I sand it down to a lighter natural cane color?
HELP! HELP! HELP! Pretty please! I know it looks alright as is but I’ve lost my objectivity and could certainly use your vote.
I like it as is in this picture but in real life it looks a bit ‘off’ … but what should I do to make it better?
I can’t wait to pick up more dark wax to complete the bottom half and bring out the details on the legs.
Turns out Aliah still doesn’t want a chair in her room so it looks as though this little furlicious chair is going to go to market in the spring!
It certainly makes for a beautiful accent in her room though … :(
It also makes for a great photo prop as you’ll see in some upcoming posts.
Have a great day!
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