Last week was a rough one for me. I won’t go into the details, but I was camped out on the sofa for nearly 5 days. I had time to watch the entire Outlander series from the beginning through the current episode, and that is no small feat. Luckily I had finished today’s project prior to getting ill so I had something to share with you guys today. I’m still working on regaining my strength though, so I can’t promise I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule just yet but I’m sure you guys will cut me some slack.
I picked up this chair at a garage sale last summer … well, really last spring, as evidenced by the tulips blooming in the background of my ‘before’ photo.
It was in decent shape, just terribly outdated. I apologize to grandmothers everywhere, but there isn’t much of a market for these needlepoint seats anymore. But this chair had some lovely lines to it, and a rather unique look to the back, so I snatched it up.
I knew I could give it an entirely new look with some chippy milk paint.
Now I have a small confession to make. I actually painted this chair last summer. And then somehow it got shoved to the back of the workshop and I forgot about it, so I’m a little spotty on the details regarding exactly which products I used.
I know I painted it with a layer of blue paint first but I can’t remember for sure which blue, I think it was Miss Mustard Seed’s French Enamel. Then I added Miss Mustard Seed’s Ironstone over that. You can just see the blue peeking through in a few spots where I’ve distressed the carving at the top of the chair.
And as you can see, I got some great chipping!
I pulled this chair out of the workshop at least a month ago or so thinking that all it needed to finish it up was some new fabric for the seat. My vision for this piece was to use a fabulous vintage European grain sack for that. But I didn’t actually have one. I shopped around a bit for one, but those things are not cheap.
Finally I realized I was being foolish. I know how to create something nearly as fabulous at a fraction of the price. Duh!
Just stencil some drop cloth material and ta da!
The stencil is from Maison de Stencils. If you are looking for European grain sack style stencils, they have a fantastic selection.
And just like that, the chair was finished.
I don’t know what took me so long to finish it off!