One Chair, One Day RevealThis post was featured on three blogs. I was kinda stunned because, quite frankly, I hated this chair but blogged about it anyway! In fact, this chair is now sitting upside down atop something in my garage!!
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Yesterday, I gave myself a challenge. I wanted to finish this chair in one day. I was packing for a quick trip down to The Florida Keys and had to finish all the laundry in the house as well. I also needed to get a mani/pedi so that I looked presentable to my husband's business contacts on this trip. Somewhere in between, I wanted to redo this chair. I didn't have a clue what I was going to do with this chair. I had no preconceived notions or hang ups. It's was a clean slate. I was winging it...... I started with this chair that I got for 2 bucks at a yard sale last weekend.
Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint requires very little prep, so I got right to work painting. This chair had been neglected for so many years, it devoured the paint.
Out came my acrylic paints. (I am always thankful at this point for my art degree. Oh!!! All the hours spent perfecting mixing paint colors does actually pay off!) I matched the color mixing two shades, taped on the stencil and went to town.
I also decided to add a little detail to the top of the chair legs.
I lightly sanded the chalky, yummy surface of the chair. I love this paint because it just melts under the sanding block. All the drippy and gloppy places easily sand away to a smooth surface. I brushed some of the paint dust lightly over the surface of the stenciled areas to soften their intensity.
So I got to this stage and stopped. Sorry that the image is a little dark, the sun was going down. Long day. I just wasn't satisfied with it. It didn't feel finished, plus there were some super cool markings on this chair and they are just not visible in this state. I knew I needed to add some dark accents....but what?
I decided to take a huge risk and mix up a wash out of my dark blue acrylics. I added a ton of water to it, got a junky brush out and a few rags with extra water. I thought, "What the heck! I got nothing to lose." I knew that I would be posting the results on my blog and I decided to let the chips fall where they may. This Annie Sloan's paint has a seriously powdery surface and I didn't know how the wash was going to 'take' to that surface.
I just liberally brushed the watered down paint onto the chair, working in small sections.
I let it set up a little bit and came back with a soft wet rag and wiped off the excess, except in the crevices. I followed with just a damp cloth and buffed the surface.
|Details of the bubbles, brush strokes highlighted|
by the glazing.
I finished up the entire chair, buffing the surface one more time rubbing more blue off in certain areas to let the grey show through. I think it is done and here are the results with the "before" and "after" images.....
I did get the huge piles of laundry done, with the help of my daughter who was playing hookie. The packing got done late last night and I probably forgot to include something important in the overnight bag due to my sleepiness. Oh well.... One thing I didn't accomplish....Dun Dun Dunnnnnnnnn.......the seriously needed mani/pedi. Normally I wouldn't care, but this trip is a husband work related excursion. Yep. I'm in trouble. We drive out of here in just a few hours..... I gotta run and get these tootsies done and get this leftover Paris Grey paint and blue acrylic wash off my skin! Arg!