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.....
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.