Good Saturday Evening to you all! Hope your weekend is off to a nice start.
Before I go on to show you my (semi)masterpiece, here’s a flashback to my earlier pieces that I don’t think I’ve shared on here. I’m still working on technique, but I love seeing how far I have come.
Completed in September 2016. It’s a small vanity stool, and the vanity did not come with it, but it was my cats perch before I brought it in for my writing table.
Completed in December 2016. One of my favorite pieces. A desk I made for my husband because he was using nothing but a small folding table as a desk. LOL. Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration. It was made three years ago and is still standing strong.
Now that we’ve had a nice little flashback, lets talk about a piece that I bought and started THREE years ago! I never really thought I was ever going to finish it. This is what it looked like:
I cannot bear to look at how dark this chair used to look. It’s amazing I was even able to create anything with it. But where there’s a will, there’s a way! I started stripping it three years ago and stopped after I couldn’t get ALL of the black off.
The stripping matterial (and the color) didn’t want to come out of the nooks and crannies. So when I decided to finally take it out of the garage and finish the project, I just started by sanding it up a little and then painting.
Materials Used on this Project:
- Paint brushes
- Paint scapers
- Rust-oleum Wood Stain in Weathered Gray
- Valspar Simplicity Paint in Sea Salt Blue
- Martha Stuart Vintage Decor Paint in Parisian Blue
- FolkArt Clear Wax
- FolkArt Antique Wax
- Stencil brushes
- Wax Brush
- Acrylic Paint
- Temporary Adhesive (in the fabric aisle at the craft stores)
It was A LOT of work. And waiting. Watching paint dry. But it was all worth it in the end. I LOVE everything about this chair from the paint to the fabrick of the pillow.
First, the stain:
Then I used a dry brush technique with Martha Stuarts Parisian Blue and then dry brushed with the Sea Salt Blue to give it a two toned affect:
Next, the stencil. I used your average FolkArt acrylic paint. Suggestion, make sure you check out YouTube videos on how to stencil, because I did not. LOL. The first time I tried, the paint blead underneath the stencil, but it was very easy to wipe off. To rectify this problem, I used a temporary adhesive spray on the back of the stencil and firmly pressed down on every inch of the stencil. I think it came out MUCH better the second time around.
I came close to leaving the color and not applying the wax at the end, but it was always my hope to antique a piece of furniture sooner rather than later. Also, I thought the color was way too bright for my liking. So here it is, complete.
What do you guys think? I seriously love the color. But wait! There’s one more thing. I wanted a little dog bed, but I could not find anything to fit the dimensions. So I decided to make a little pillow for it, but I think I fluffed it up a little too much. LOL. Oh well, if my cat uses it enough, it will settle down on its own.
This is my first go of sewing a pillow together, let alone sewing a zipper into the pillow! You gotta start somewhere, no? Before you ask, yes, there are tiny animals on the pattern. It’s a nursery pattern, but I think it fits for its intended use. Just look at my photogenic pug.
Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you like what you’ve seen. Don’t forget to follow, like, comment and share. Keep on the lookout for more furniture, crafts, and food. Have a great night!