Thank you all for bearing with me during some site construction. It should be mostly complete now.
One of my readers, Anneke from Rustichic, sent me an email about her chair that she painted. She said she saw the entry, immediately looked for a chair on Craigslist, found one not far from her house and got to work! It looks fabulous.
Before and After.
So bold! I love the pink color.
So, I asked Anneke a few questions about her experience.
How long did it take to paint the chair?
I’m guessing this took me about 10-12 hours from start to finish, but I have three little kids that I was intermittently caring for at times.
How many coats of paint did you do?
I followed your tutorial with 2 base coats and 1 top coat with complete dry time.
Was there anything that you would do differently?
I would have measured precisely. I did that with my test pillow and it came out PERFECT, and then not precisely (not sure why) with the rest of the chair. It would have turned out better. I also sprayed the wood frame first, but because of the style of chair, I wish I would have done the fabric first, and then taped off and painted/distressed last. I used a mix of Ceramcoat Sunkissed Coral and Fushia Pearl (which is sparkly), and I would have gone less sparkly.
Is it crunchy or rough?
It is not crunchy or rough, but a soft smooth texture (sort of like a soft fuzzy vinyl, and yes, that sounds kind of weird). The cushion turned out the best.
Was it difficult going from green to pink?
The green to pink aspect actually worked better than I thought, but not so well where there are creases (like when you push down and see the untouched green fabric) and the piping. I think a solid color and smoothness is most important (after seeing the results of Young House Love with the textured swirls).
What were the biggest challenges?
As for challenges, I would not choose a chair with the tufting if you care about the close up look of it. It was difficult to paint and difficult to sand. Also, the amount of wood to fabric made it difficult (as well as the amount of piping), unlike Kristy’s chair that just had the bottom framing.
I think overall this method is awesome and I’m happy with how my first attempt came out. This chair looks awesome from a distance, but up close, you can tell it is "different". I will probably do this again, but be more selective in the style.
What are your plans for the chair?
I was doing this as an experiment and just plan to sell it.
Hear that? She’s selling it! Any takers?!
Thanks for sharing, Anneke.