Just so you don't think I've been doing nothing but laying around on the couch....
I tackled a small project that unexpectedly came my way. Unexpected in the fact that I had not considered trying the painting/distressing practice on an old Windsor chair I've had for many, many years from my Aunt Dot.
It is a dark wood that I don't necessarily like and just never really fit into the house's vibe. Hah! Laugh if you will, but yes, my house has a vibe. It's called "try a lot of different looks and see what sticks".
I tried to sell the chair at a flea market, but no one would pay what the chair is worth. I didn't want to just give it away, so I thought why not try to make it a piece of furniture I like? And with the furniture trends in certain circles veering towards the shabby chic/distressed look I thought I'd try that out with my leftover chalk paint.
The patience part? Well if you've ever painting anything with spindles and bars, it is a trying task.
With the help of the television droning on in the background, I gritted my teeth and went to it.
First few strokes brought panic - "what have I done?!?!?!"
After it was fully coated with the chalk paint, I hated it and really regretted the painting. The character of the chair had gone flat. Bland.
Got my sander out and started bringing out some of the architecture of the chair and started feeling a bit better about it.
It passed Bumby's inspection, but neither she nor I are totally happy with the way the seat turned out.
I was going for a worn look as if many seats and been seated in the chair. I may redo that area. Must confer with Bumby first.
Overall I like the look. I feel that it "fits in" more here at Boston Manor.
And best of all, I will keep Aunt Dot's chair around and enjoy it's presence more now.
What projects have you been up to my good friends?
Have a great week!