The flu came to visit, introduced it's self to George, they chatted a bit and left him alone.
The next evening in the late hours of night it came back to have a word with me, I must have lipped it off cause the damn thing took hold of me and abused me in every way imaginable for the next 11 days, which brings us to today *MY BIRTHDAY*.
My eyes are still weeping, I sound like a hyena, and I'm regularly medicating myself just to
get to the next cat nap. I have not been able to work or blog, even sitting reading emails has
been difficult. I'm afraid this was my bodies way of saying "you should have gone on vacation"
I do have another simple applique trick that I have been wanting to show you and the photos
have been sitting here waiting.
Think about all those decorative shower curtain hooks you see at thrift stores.
I twisted the metal hook out of the resin shape, some broke in half so I glued them back together.
Once glued onto your furniture project and painted they don't resemble shower hooks at all.
I do not recall ever being this sick.
Projects will slowly get back on track soon and so will the blogging
George has done a fine job of taking care of me
and I can't wait to see what brings home for my birthday gift!
I painted a whole chair from the frame to the upholstery.
Everybody else is doing it why not me.
Okay seriously I have painted fabric before but just not to this scale.
I also had not found the right chair and upholstery to work with.
I purchased the chair at a second hand store and the upholstery was all intact,
however the seat fabric had large water marks on it. So a painting I went ...
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Colors, FRENCH LINEN on the frame and OLD WHITE on the fabric and trim. The fabric took 3 coats with a brush but it's super smooth now like leather. I did not put any additives in the paint.
This fabric is a very heavy weight tapestry fabric and took the paint better than any I have worked
with in the past. Velvet sucks the paint in like crazy and I don't advise painting it unless you like
spending money. Drop cloth is rough when you paint it but you can sand it smooth. I used the paint
straight from the can. Different fabrics would need different paint consistencies.
I learned this time around to paint the upholstery first before the frame.
Do as I say not as I do!
The wood frame has straighter edges than the fabric making it easier to paint the frame last.
And YES I waxed it all once dried! Same procedure, apply wax, remove excess, then buff.
I am very excited about the possibilities in the future, however I don't think I would
want to paint a piece that you might want to lay on such as a sofa or love seat.
I think this is best saved for occasional and dining chairs.
She is completely washable and if need be re-paintable in the future.
UPDATE: we used the chair for a month in our home, then the chair was used for a couple more months as a demo for painting fabric, then it was sold and used in a normal living room every day.
UPDATE AGAIN: the paint on the upholstery has not cracked since it was first done and
it has now been over 18 months. Because so many people have asked about the chair it
has been brought back to use as a demo for painting fabric.
4 the love of WOOD is all about the adventures of re-purposing vintage furniture and recycling for home decor. I hope to inspire you to try your hand at up-cycling and provide you with a new perspective when looking at unwanted items.