After days of stripping and sanding the desk I'm working on I needed a little break. So yesterday I thought doing some painting would be a nice change of scenery.
I had been looking for some chairs for my kitchen table for almost a year and finally last week I found these at my Savers store.
They were a bit wobbly and didn't have the exact look I was going for, but after a year of sitting on and looking at folding chairs I was willing to give them a shot. I even had a coupon :)
I only needed 2 because we have 2 benches for the other sides of the table. It's a long story, but the table and chair situation has been a work in progress....hopefully I'll get it all finished soon and then you can hear how it has all come together :)
So anyways, I started by removing the seat cushion and taking off the 2 old layers of fabric.
I'm not sure what the underneath flowered fabric was. It seemed like it maybe had once been someone's house coat and it was GREASY. ewww, ewww, ewww, I washed my hands really well after that :(
I used a painters drop cloth to recover the cushion. It was my first time doing a project with one, I know I'm a little behind on that trend.....as usual ;) The color is a little too white for me, but I'm on a tight budget right now so it will have to do. Putting a colorful pillow on the chair helps though :)
I painted the chair with 2 coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. Then I distressed all of the edges with fine sand paper. As I distressed I got really happy, it was looking awesome! I used some tinted Ralph Lauren faux technique glaze over the paint to darken and age it a bit.
I just took a scrap piece of an old t-shirt, dabbed it in the glaze, then wiped it on the chair. Nothing to it. I'll try to remember to takes pictures of the process next time!
When I have some extra cash I am going to run to Home Depot for some wood glue and polycrylic to fix the wobbly-ness and protect the finish. But for now this will just have to do! :)