I’ve got a good old-fashioned ‘before and after’ to share today. Here is a 1960’s barrel back caned chair. I love the shape of these chairs and the upholstery is in excellent condition. The problem was the dark, shiny finish. It was muting the pretty blue fabric.
With the addition of lighter paint, the texture and colors of the fabric pop and give this chair a fresh look for 2014.
First, I applied a coat of Artissimo (navy) with bonding agent while carefully getting the paint in all of the crevices of the caning.
Next, I used the wax puck in a few places around the edges and raised areas to create a resist between layers of paint which is evident in the final distressing.
I brushed on a coat of shutter gray over the entire chair carefully applying it lightly over the caning so the navy would really peek through.
The final steps involved lightly sanding back the wax puck to reveal the navy blue under the gray followed by topcoating with furniture wax.
The upholstered back of this style chair is one of my favorite features. Such a great shape.
I’m not usually a glitter and gold kind of gal but I’m loving these pinecone branches which are popping up in our holiday displays and juxtapose rustic accents well. They’re festive and easy to mix into a vase arrangement, mantel or wreath. What do you think? Love ’em?
Here’s a look at how the Circa Dee holiday window display is evolving at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown along with the barrel back chair. Speaking of Serendipity, I’ll be conducting a Milk Paint Demonstration there on Sunday at 1 pm. Be sure to join us as this will most likely be the last one of the year.
The Sleigh Rides sign did not last long so I’m off to paint more! Hope to see you at the demo this weekend.
With the fear of frost looming at the end of October, we had to come up with a suitable winter home for our plant collection which was taking up residence outside and our deck.
They’re now sitting pretty in our living room amongst my favorite pair of vintage chairs.
We came up with a game plan to extend our sunny bay windowsill in order to accommodate the plants and my favorite vintage pots, bowls and vases. We started with fantastic weathered old 1×6 lumber that has almost a barnwood-like quality. We needed 6 – 5 foot boards in total. The boards previously made up a section of simple post and beam fencing in our yard. Each was stripped down to expose the worn grain. Two boards were paired together to make a 12 inch deep shelf. Three sets of boards were attached vertically to one another to create a 3-tier shelf system.
Plumbing pipe shelving is not a new concept but we came up with our own simple plant stand version using pipes and fittings to connect the unit. There are 2 connecting points on each shelf therefore we used a total of 4 – 9 inch plumbing nipples and 8 flanges which screw into the wood. These also double nicely as book ends. The plumbing materials were the most expensive part of this DIY project.
We decided on a set of simple 7 inch turned legs for the bottom which cost less than $5 each at Lowe’s. The raw wood of the legs and shelves received an application of hemp oil for a durable water repellent topcoat which also left a subtle stain highlighting the wood grain.
The plants have happily been relocated to the new plant stand where they are enjoying the expansive window and, normally, bright light.
These snaps are from this morning during a dreary, cold November rain. I love the mix of terra cotta amongst the saturated colors in the kilim rug and mohair chairs – all vintage finds of course. Such a cozy new space!
A few weeks ago I shuffled the chairs around the dining table leaving my beloved vintage ones homeless. Or at least table-less. But only temporarily. They’ve been displaced to my new favorite seating area in the house – what shall now be known as the living room. Along with an old cage-turned-coffee-table, that we’ve had for years, in a similar green hue.
We’ve been working on carving out different areas in our great room to make it most functional. Using furniture as a divider, or floating it, seems to be working with our current layout. (But that doesn’t mean I won’t rearrange again soon.)
I’m happy with how the space under the bay window has evolved. This cozy little sitting area is saturated in deep colors from the walnut & mohair Ward Bennett chairs to the over-dyed blue and orange kilim rug. The space can handle all of the dark, dramatic color thanks to all of the natural light that pours in.
The “living room” is conveniently adjacent to the bar where we store glassware & mix cocktails
…beside the captain. The count is getting pretty high on sea captains around here. This is Gorton.
So that is the fate of the chairs. I know you were worried about them. They are indeed one of my favorite vintage finds ever.
What is your best vintage find ever?
P.S. For more inspiration on what to do with your vintage finds, check out the recently updated (and always evolving) Home tab which features our vintage home style.