The Chair Makeover

2.06.2017

So on Saturday I left y'all hanging with the before and during of my most recent vintage chair find.
After working on it on and off for a couple of days it is finished.



I was going for a pretty gray by mixing Annie Sloan chalk paint in Graphite with the Mineral Fusion paint in Raw Silk which is a creamy white. The color turned out to be a pretty French gray blue.

I'm glad I painted the chair in the white paint first since it added a nice layer when distressing.

I applied two coats of the blue gray color and after it dried I started sanding the chair to distress it. I don't want an old chair to look brand new.



I applied antique gold Rub'n Buff on this part and then sanded it. I also mixed dark wax and hemp oil wax together and applied it all over the chair.

The legs got a bit of distressed glitz and I will share how and my special tools soon.

I wasn't sure where I was going to use this chair and I tried it in the master bedroom first. It was alright in there, but I decided to try it in the foyer so I switched the chairs and put the chair that was in the foyer in the master.


I love getting my creativity on painting a piece like this.
How about you?

Have an awesome week!

26 comments:

  1. I am eager to see your tools. We just picked up a Louis XVI sofa--reproduction, made in Revel, France (you would LOVE Revel, a hub for marquetry and fine furniture making, real works of art), and after we got to talking about old furniture, the seller threw in an vanity table. It needs a redo, and I'm thinking right along the lines of what you've done here. I'm learning a lot about how-to from you!

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  2. Beautiful color, beautiful chair. Wow....You did an amazing job. I love it!!

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  3. I can imagine seeing that chair in a French shop with a big price tag!! It is beautiful!

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  4. Looks fantastic...love the way you guilded the design on the back of the chair....and great color...you are a great mixologist of paint!....Tool?...the new Dremel?

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  5. Love the chair and the color Kim...it's beautiful! I'm curious, by mixing the dark wax and hemp oil wax...what difference does that make than just using clear and dark wax? Lovely!!!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  6. Love what you did. Amazing what paint and hard work can do. Glorious

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  7. Such a pretty chair, love the new color.

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  8. Love the way it turned out, perfect color and distressing!
    Mary

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  9. Gorgeous chair and the and turned out perfectly. Where do you buy Mineral Fusion paint? I want to try it out.

    Cindy

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    1. I found it in an antique mall. Maybe you can google it.

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    2. Found several places to buy it by googling it.

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  10. Wow, that is a gorgeous chair. And I really love the artwork hanging it, too.

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  11. You are a master at making something pretty into something even more beautiful!!!!! That finish you did is exquisite! So professionally done!

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  12. I've been hearing others using hemp oil. What part of your process do you use it? Does it replace wax or another step? I'm viewing on my phone but the color is drop dead gorgeous! Please fill me in on hemp oil....

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    1. I have used just plain hemp oil before, but this is a wax with hemp oil in it. It is the finishing step over the chalk or mineral paint.

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  13. Lovely! May I ask, what keeps the wax, oil and rub n buff on a chair from being absorbed into the clothing of those who sit in the chair? And when you decide to repaint a piece previously treated with wax or oil, how do you remove the wax or oil so the new paint will adhere? Thank you for your advice, Kim!

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  14. Chalk and mineral based paints are porous and absorb the wax or oil. It dries and is buffed to a shine. It is not wet. Rub n buff is like paint and dries. To paint over it you can paint straight over with these paints or sand or prime for latex paint

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  15. I love it! It's very Swedish looking. Love the caning and the design on the back.

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  16. I love it Kim! It looks really nice with the underlayer of white showing through. I love the lines of the chair too. You do such a great job with layering and distressing. I've been practicing dry brushing and it can add a lot of nice detail to make a piece look old too. This weekend I bought a really beat-up very old small secretary desk with great lines. I'm looking forward to transforming the piece,

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  17. Looks beautiful Kim. I love it in your Foyer area too. Beautiful job.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  18. It is beautiful, Kim! I have always admired what you can do with paint!

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  19. Love the chair and the layered look of the paint. Looks awesome!

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  20. I love it too. You really are an expert at this, but I think what makes it stand out the most is your attention to the fine details, the addition of the antique goal rub n'buff, all the little things are I am sure what produce such a fantastic finish. Would you like to come to France and give me a personal lesson, lots of things you could work on here!!

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  21. You sure are so good at this. It really does look great and I like it here in the foyer.

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  22. Wonderful transformation. The soft colour is beautiful!

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