I am making some progress with my dinning room chairs ... It has been cold and rainy forever.
Finishing these chairs are a big part in finishing my dinning room makeover. Rain stay away pleeeeese :)
So lets take a look at where the chairs started and talk about the look I wanted and how I did it.
You remember these ?
Dark and formal ... that is where I started .... where I wanted to be was ...well the look of a chair that has been painted over and over and the paint is starting to wear and peal. I'm sure I could have found used chairs that fit the bill, but I was being cheep and I thought the pretty lines of the chair would work. So what I did to achieve the look I wanted.
Primed the chair with a mixture of flat paint and some plaster of paris .
Why? I thought the plaster of paris and paint mixture would give the chair a little bit of a build up and fill in some groves ... to look like paint build up underneath and It made my sanding a little easier.
The plaster of paris ,Just add a little at a time ... if you add a little too much add a bit of water. It should be thin enough to brush on easily .
Next I sanded the chair where I wanted the distressing. I have fybromaliaga and arthritis . That is why I chose this method ... The sanding part was easy.
Here is the chair after this step.
Are you wondering ... won't the sanding get covered over when you paint the chair in its finished color? Yes that is why this next step is important.
What I did next was , I rubbed a candle over the distressed marks before I painted the chair. After I rubbed the candle on I put on my last two coats of antique white (satin latex) paint. What the candle wax does is .. when you sand
where the wax was it will come of easily . It gives it sort of a peeling paint affect and makes sanding much easier. (If you haven't tried this method before ... try it on a picture frame ... I'm sure you will have fun with this method)
Here is the chair after sanding.
I'm happy with the way it came out. What do you think? have you tried this method?
You may have noticed there is no seat. Well the seats are ready ...as soon as all the chairs are done I will be putting them on ... But I might just might make you wait for my dinning room reveal to see them (maybe).
The fabric I used is on my dinning room inspiration board.
I hope you all will stop back to see the dinning room ... I will keep you posted on its progress.