I had to get down from my color high and paint this vintage chair in a neutral color. This is one of the chairs I found when I went I pickin with friends a while back. Not to say I don’t like color, I really do as the red table or this stool shows.
I had to rummage through a pile of fabric to get the piece I knew I had left over from another project. I felt it would work with the style of the chair and I could pull the neutral colors from it to get down from my color high.
But before I could even tackle painting the chair and reupholstering the seat, I needed to prep it. First thing was to remove the seat and take off the old fabric. You know it is an old chair when the inside is the wool batting. I probably could have, should have kept it and reused it but I didn’t.
I always like to use new foam and batting when I do a project like this unless it is a shape that I know I will never be able to replicate or like with the table that can be a bench.
So began the task of removing the staples. I happen to have an upholstery tool that is like a stapler remover for upholstery. It really helps. Armed with that and needle nose pliers makes short work of that job. And the upholstery was tacked down with nails. You know this piece is old.
Then I looked over the chair for needed repairs. I had to glue and patch in a few places but nothing major.
After those chores were done it was time to paint. I pulled the colors from the fabric. The first coat of the DIY chalk paint was in a color called Temperate Taupe by Sherwin-Williams. I painted it twice with that color, painting every inch of it.
For the next coat of DIY chalk paint I used Steamed Milk mixed into the container of the Temperate Taupe. I felt like it bridged the Temperate Taupe with the Steamed Milk. I had enough to do another two coats of paint.
The final color was the Steamed Milk made into the DIY chalk paint. Time to lightly distress to allow the other colors to peek through.
I applied clear wax a couple of times, buffing it after each application.
Now on to finishing the chair seat. Since I didn’t keep the original stuffing, I cut a piece of foam and wrapped it in batting. Place the fabric over it and pulled out the old trusty compressor and stapler and it was recovered in no time. It is so true that the right tools make the job go easier.
I screwed the seat back onto the chair and really felt serene. Does that sound goofy? So once it got all put back together again I felt a sense of calm after coming down from my color high.
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