At one sale, I came across this beauty and my husband looked at me like I had just sprouted some antlers (yes, we hunt too:)!
I said, "You have to have vision!" I just knew this chair would make a great first chair to try to paint!! It has GREAT bones! I've never seen a chair like this before so I had to have it!!
He reluctantly bought me the chair and we hauled it back to our store's warehouse!
I admit, I let it sit untouched for a couple months but every single time I would walk by... I would tell myself "You really don't need to be afraid to paint it!! It would look fabulous!!"
So I will outline the very few, easy steps I took to redo this chair....and once I was finished....it sold the next day!! I admit, I was excited to see the beautiful new owner so excited about it but I was also kind of sad, I loved that chair!! But so glad it has such a happy new home!!
Step 1: Courage! Do NOT be scared to take on a project! Any project for that matter! I admittedly was skeptical with this project but finally decided to tackle it. What's the worst that can happen, if you don't like it, then repaint it! With CeCe's paints you can paint with confidence! It will adhere to anything!!! Up until this point I had proved that to myself by painting cheap veneer, glass, metal, old nasty wood, etc and it all turned out GREAT!
A chair like this probably came from a great environment but you might not know the history of your pieces! This is the first step I tell all my customers no matter what. If you don't know the history of your piece - CLEAN IT with TSP or mineral spirits!! You don't know what elements it has been exposed to, such as harsh cleaning chemicals, extra oily cleaners, nicotine, etc... So to be on the safe side I just grab my rubber gloves and pour some TSP in hot water and get to cleaning!! Obvouisly you only use the TSP on hard surfaces. So for the upholstery I grabbed a handy dandy little shop vac and got to vacuuming!! Got in the cracks and crevices the best I could and then it was prepped and ready to go!!
I chose Spring Hill Green for the wood framed parts and Santa Fe Turquoise for the squeeshy fabric parts.
Forgive my blurry picture as it is hard to tell that there is a fabric cording between the wood frame and the fabric. I contemplated which color the cording should be and decided on the Spring Hill Green so I went ahead and painted that. It's a matter of preference as to which part to start on first - fabric or frame. Personally, I thought it was easier to do the frame first then just be careful when doing the fabric. As with all chairs (and most anything) I will say it is much easier to flip your piece on it's back or upside down and paint from bottom up.
Once I put a really good coat of slightly watered down Spring Hill Green on the frame it was time to tackle the fabric!!!
I painted a couple of good coats of slightly watered down Santa Fe Turquoise.
TIP: Watering down paint a tad really helps the flow of the paintbrush and makes it so much easier to paint with. I generally water my paint down on anything I do. I have found that the darker the color, the thicker the paint so don't hesitate to water it down!! Just do a tad bit (I'm a lazy painter and I admit it - I don't measure often!). Add water until you're pleased with the consistency - adding water will NOT hurt this paint! Just make sure you do it in a separate container besides the original paint quart. Since my paint was thinned I had to apply two coats and in some places three but trust me - it makes the process much easier!
It was a little tough to get between the cording and fabric in blue without getting too much on the green. But I will have to say that was the MOST difficult part of this project! And me, being the lazy painter - had quite a bit of touching up to do with the green to cover up the blue mistakes I made :) BUT what do I ALWAYS say!?! Don't be scared you've messed it up!! Just get the green out and repaint over the oopsies!
Apply CeCe Caldwell's Satin finish to seal it! And then....
Let it dry! And then....
SIT IN IT AND READ A BOOK!!! Or in my case, start a new paint project!!!
I've had several people comment on my picture of it, since this chair has found a new home already. And ask "What does it feel like when it's finished?"
The best answer I can give is a vinyl, fake leather, some what stiff but still flexible feeling. And I am 100% confident that the young lady that bought it will not have problems with cracking! It was stiff but still flexible if that makes sense!
Oh the decisions!! I'm telling you the hardest thing about using this paint is deciding on COLOR choices!!!
I hope y'all find the nerve and pull that chair out of your attic or buy a cheapy at your next garage sale because you can make an amazing transformation with a little vision!!