Howdy! Or maybe I should say, “Bonjour!” I wanted to show you my latest thrift store find- a French style chair, maybe Louis XVI? Let’s just call him Louie.
You may remember Louie from my Tipsy Tuesday post on removing paint from fabric. He didn’t really need much of a makeover. He only had a few spots where the finish was worn through. I tried just touching up the paint, but couldn’t get a good match on the finish. So, I painted over all the wood with brown milk paint, which resulted in the Tipsy Tuesday post. Then for a little more depth, I added a brown glaze and topped it with three coats of Minwax wipe on poly.
I didn’t really care for Louie’s gold fabric. But, it was in good shape and I didn’t want to face another reupholstering job like the rocking chair makeover, so what to do? I stewed and fretted over it for days, wanting to stencil it, but afraid I’d mess it up. I really didn’t want to end up needing to reupholster it!
I laid several stencils on the chair, trying to decide which to choose, if any at all. My biggest problem was that I wouldn’t have a firm surface to stencil on. I knew I’d need to be extra careful about keeping the stencil flat against the fabric. This eliminated the larger stencils. However, the smaller stencils just didn’t look right scale-wise. Ack!
Finally, I realized I could mask off part of the same stencil I used for the area rug in my bedroom. Cutting Edge Stencils included a single stencil of the pattern in addition to the large overall stencil. I masked off the areas I didn’t want to use, and was left with a somewhat abstract leaf design. I painted it with Martha Stewart’s multi-surface paint in Sterling.
To tie in with the stencil, as well as highlight details in the wood, I dabbed on silver Rub n Buff here and there.
I’m still not crazy about Louie, but I think his new look is an improvement over his seen-better-days look.
Have you ever been paralyzed by a project because of fear of messing it up? How did you overcome the fear? I’m slowly learning to take a leap of faith now and then.