August 10, 2012

Same Chairs Underneath

One of my oldest and best friends is my biggest fan.... Irrespective of a blog, regardless of any outside influences, she tells me that her newly remodelled home "has you in every room". (If that isn't enough to make a girl feel good, I don't know what is....)
We brainstorm together, we talk about what we want to achieve, figure out how it can happen, and then slowly but surely move forward... Sketching out everything that requires figuring out. Talking about it to give ourselves the girl-confidence required to "rip and tear, hoping to repair".

So... This friend; lets call her Trisha, She is nearing the end of a remodel on her home that started with her, a sledge hammer, and no commitment of cooperation from any family members. (this has since changed)
Her style, her dream, her home, is turning out just awesome!! I was there yesterday taking pictures for this post, and wow.... these things take time when you do them yourself, but the end result is beauty and satisfaction that keeps you grinning like a Cheshire cat.

K, back to why I'm here posting....
I did a makeover on a round table, (antiqued it) and shortly after I did, I got another old table that I did a make over on, and ended up not needing the first table. It went up into a spare bedroom until Trisha's make over, and her old black table was no longer what she wanted. Since my round table was going unused, and it was the right size for her space, she took the table but needed chairs to match.

"Where am I going to find 4 matching chairs?" She wondered.
Well, four black NOT matching chairs are available for a make over....
So, she sanded down her old 4 chairs and brought them to me.

I should have took a pic before painting them white.... but I'm sure you can picture a black chair.
(I've let myself get out of the habit of posting on my blog, and photographing what I'm doing, so forgive me for the lack of images, and for the neglect. Life happens sometimes ;)

This chair was spray painted with white primer, then with a primer paint combo.
Since spray paint is oil based, to antique over spray paint you have to use a water based paint. I used an interior brown wall paint.... added water to make it thin, turning it into "stain".
Then using a paint brush, with two rags handy, I painted on watery paint, used one rag to spread the stain then a second rag to lift some of the stain off.

The TRICKS... if there are tricks:
Have soft rags, work quickly, and drag the rag smoothly so that you don't end up with much visual texture of stain. If you were doing four chairs like this, you will find the first chair gets you in practice of how to drag and how quickly to work. I use cut up soft t-shirts for my rags.

(***I must add here. IF you use a water based paint as your base paint; like if I painted the chair with an interior wall paint, then the stain used has to be OIL Based. To use the same base will make you 'wash off' the first layer, which is not helpful. So just remember, which ever you put on first; whether it's water or oil based, you need to use the opposite to antique with.)

I thought about wearing gloves, and had this been an oil based stain I totally would have. I'm sharing this pic for that reason and to say.... I have no idea why I was doing this project on a drop cloth on top of carpet.... Yes I spilled, and yes I was sorry, and yes I moved to kitchen floor shortly after this was taken. :P

Once the stain was evenly all over the chair, (finished) I used the brush to "draw" stain onto the corners of the edges. This defined the lines and made them look "outlined".

Here they are in their new home with the table I did some time ago.

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1 comment:

Connie Mercer said...

another awesome project~making it look so easy too:):)