Who remembers way back in January 2014 when my blog was still fairly new, and I posted about the trend towards gold? I mentioned how I couldn’t imagine ever being drawn to using gold again, having lived through it once in the 80’s. However, I also knew myself well enough to say “never say never.” Let’s face it, tastes change … or shall I just admit that I am fickle?
Now here it is almost two years later and I’ve got a stash of gorgeous metallic paint from Fusion’s new Matthew Mead Studio Metallics line. What is a girl to do?
Find a chair to paint, that’s what!
So I found this chair on craigslist and sent Mr. Q off to pick it up.
I would have preferred a chair that wasn’t already painted, but I really liked the details on this one and the price was right. Plus sometimes I’m just not patient enough to wait for the exactly perfect piece to come along.
I removed the seat and sanded the life out of this chair with my palm sander. I knew that when I distressed it later I wasn’t going to want to just see that white under it, so I tried to get most of the edges back down to the wood. Then I started painting. It took three coats with the Pale Gold Fusion paint to get that white covered up. I might have gotten by with two coats if I was painting over a darker wood. By the way, the first coat really looked like crap. So if you are going to do some experimenting with this paint, don’t panic if it doesn’t seem to cover at first.
After three coats, here is how the chair looked.
Not really a look that works for me. A little too bright and too clean. I like things that have a bit more age to them. So I sanded the edges and then added some of Miss Mustard Seed’s dark wax.
Ahhhh, so much better. The wax highlights the texture a bit more giving the gold more depth.
Now remember, this is Fusion paint, so you don’t have to wax it if you don’t want to. But in this case I was waxing to get a certain look, not to protect the finish. If you are wondering if the wax goes on the same, I would say that the Fusion paint is less ‘absorbent’ than milk paint or chalk paint so the wax goes on a little more smoothly, if that makes any sense. It doesn’t soak in as much. Clear wax also doesn’t alter the color as much with Fusion as it does with the other paints. It’s also easier to work with the dark wax because you can buff it back out more easily if you over-apply.
With the painting done, I moved on to the chair seat. I tried a number of different fabrics that I pretty much hated with the gold. I finally decided to go with a faux grain sack look. I used some drop cloth material and painted on some grain sack stripes and then added a stencil.
I think that the more rustic look of the faux grain sack provides a nice balance for the gold paint.
I’ve staged it with an old Swift’s Silver Leaf Brand bucket that I bought at a garage sale a few weeks ago.
And some old gold frames …
So, what do you think? Do you need a touch of gold in your life?
This chair is available if you are local. Leave me a comment if you are interested in getting the details.