Bought this chair at an auction.
I didn't know if I was going to keep it in its original state or re-do it.
This Eastlake was in excellent condition, super comfortable and the fabric wasn't too garish.
After leaving this chair alone for weeks, I thought I would "investigate" how hard it would be.
Let's just say, 3 hours later it was stripped down, all fabric was removed and I was trying to figure out the best colour scheme for it.
I finally decided on Country Chic's "Crinoline" for the body of the chair. It is a nice warm white and it paired perfectly with a blue and white material that I had.
**I will state that I should have primed certain areas of this chair as there was some bled through of the original stain and wood. Luckily for me, I was planning on using a glaze and distressing it, so the bled through added extra character.**
Once the paint was applied, I allowed it to dry for 24hrs. I then used a scrub sponge and wet distressed it to give the chair an aged look. This went well, but the details in the top of the chair were not showcased as well as it could be.
I opted for Country Chic's "Graphite" glaze for the chair. This is a dark grey colour and it truly added that perfect touch. For most furniture such as tables, dressers and buffets, I would use an antiquing wax or natural wax to highlight the nooks and crannies of pieces, but with a chair where people would sit in it, rub up against it, the likelihood of pigment rubbing off is greater. With the glaze, it dries and hardens. No worries of transfer. Just make sure you work in small sections and wipe off excessive glaze before it dries.
I also used the crackle finish on the chair. With the previous stain and sealer, some of the new paint began to alligator and I loved the effect. Happy accidents! :) On parts that did not alligator, I added the crackle, waited for it to dry, then added a layer of paint. Due to the fact that I used crackle over the crinoline then reapplied crinoline, you couldn't see the effect. Out came the graphite glaze that got right into the cracks and made it visible. Absolutely wonderful!
Once she was all painted, glazed, crackled and distressed, I upholstered her in a classic blue and white floral motif. I added a contrasting blue trim to hid the unsightly staples and the odd crooked line. Its amazing how you can find a rhythm and everything is going smoothly and in alignment, then taking time to help customers, talk to people, run for a coffee only to come back and every staple is off.
**yes, I saw that staple in the above picture and I removed it. **
Here she is all finished and waiting patiently for the perfect owner to take her home.
PS. She didn't last long.....
Soooo.... I need help!
Eventually Gary will be moving all his "garage" stuff into our new garage and I will have 1/4 of the basement back. Ok, WE will have that space back! 😉
I need to purge (also known as get rid of shit as Gary so poetically puts it) BUT..... I don't know where to begin!
This just isn't belongings I'm hoarding for my kids... (like all the boxes of baby books!) but items that I will never use but have guilt over getting rid of! Things that were my mother's, grandmothers, mine as a child.... beautiful "shit" that holds memories! Antiques, heirlooms, baptismal gowns, wedding dresses, sport trophies, incomplete baby books, so many stuffed animals! Even if they are locked up in Rubbermaid totes, catalogued and items listed on lids.
Christmas bins are going to be hit hard this year!
We have three trees! 3! Granted, one belongs to my 13 year old as she won it a couple of years ago at the Stirling Tree display at Farmtown Park. Our older one will come to the store for the holidays. With these trees come bins and bins of decorations too.
Handmade by myself when I was just married with a newborn. Money was tight and we had a homemade Christmas! Love those ornaments. Then we add all the school projects the girls made, or friends, friends children's.... not to mention ornaments bought as gifts and even ones that I bought because, well damn it, I'm an adult and wanted a small tree that was just mine to decorate!!
I'm rambling....a lot and I apologize!
I get overwhelmed, which turns into frustration which in turn eventually becomes acceptance as I will just keep everything and move stuff around.
NOT THIS YEAR!!
It will be a Christmas Miracle on 8th Concession! 😁
And yes... I can't believe I was already talking about Christmas! Must be the cooler weather!
Thankfully, I'm not hosting it this year. This year we make the trek to Chatham for my sister!
One worry off the list lol
Which reminds me, we need to decide a day, a hotel needs to be booked, draw names for gifts....
Hi, i'm jodi!
I am a wife to a railroader, mother to two daughters, caretaker of two Golden Retrievers and a Himalayan cat. I live in a small town with a big heart. I enjoy antiquing, furniture re-habbing, D.I.Y's and painting.