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.