Bring New Life to
About three weeks ago, I had a horrible flu and was laying pathetically on our pull-out sofa watching episode after episode of Gossip Girl on Netflix. Ben was being wonderful taking care of me and simultaneously cleaning the house, and went off for a bit to drop off trash at the dump. When he came back he said to me, "If you've ever doubted my love for you..." and carried in not one but TWO absolutely GORGEOUS dining chairs to refinish:
Can you believe someone was just giving these away?? There's nothing wrong with them!! I fell in love immediately and started brainstorming how best to showcase their prettiness. Once I got healthier I cleaned them, ordered the supplies to make them a rich shade of gray, and Ben suggested I make the detailing pop by putting white in the cracks.
Here's a shot of how it looked before I took his advice, and after two coats of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in "Relic" with a coat of Light Satin Varnish:
"Relic" might be my new favorite Americana color :) Even before I took Ben's advice you can see how beautiful that detailing is!
Next I put the white in the little cracks and curves (Ben is smart), and here's a shot of it next to it's partner that hadn't had it's makeover yet:
I did one chair completely before starting the other one, so I could make sure it looked exactly how I wanted it to before committing to the same change on both. Luckily, I loved it and just repeated the same process, which was:
1) Put protective covering on your floor. Clean the chair.
2) Cover chair with two coats of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in "Relic". Wait for it to dry completely.
3) Cover chair with one coat of Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish. Wait for it to dry completely.
4) Put a little water in a small cup, get your paint brush with the longest & skinniest tip and dip it into the water, then into the Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in "Everlasting". You want your brush to be slightly wet so that when you fill in the detailing of the chair with the white, it flows easily. Wait for paint to dry completely.
5) Cover chair with a second coat of Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish - focusing on the detailing you've just done so that it is sealed in and protected. Wait for it to dry completely before using, I'd recommend overnight to be safe!
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