I thought this chair makeover would be relatively simple, at least compared to my earlier rocking chair makeover. Eh, not so much. Maybe I should stop painting chairs black. Things seem to go downhill from there.
Here is what I started with, not a bad little chair, but the woven seat was split in several places. It was also graced with a few paint spatters, probably from when the seat was painted.
I removed the cane seat, cleaned the chair with TSP, and sprayed with Rust-Oleum gray primer.
I wanted to paint the chair black, then distress to reveal another color underneath. I chose the same turquoise that I used on Josephine, the mid century modern chest of drawers. Rather than paint the whole chair turquoise, I just painted the areas that I thought I would distress. ‘Cause I’m cheap like that.
After the paint dried, I brushed over everything with General Finishes milk paint in lamp black. Time to distress. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about achieving just the right amount of sanding so that I didn’t sand through the turquoise as well.
Black wasn’t the best paint color to use for this technique. The sanding left light scratchy patches in the black paint, and I was right- it was hard to sand just enough to reveal the color underneath. I ended up dipping my finger in the turquoise paint and rubbing it over the sanded areas to bring out more of the color.
Ok, add a coat of clear varnish and it’s time to add a new seat. Here’s where I was oh, so wrong about it being a simple chair makeover. I wanted to add jute webbing to the seat and leave it at that, no fabric or padding.
Unlike the rocking chair, the round spindles left nowhere to anchor the webbing stretcher in order to pull the jute taut. This ended up being a two-person job. And we had to do it from the bottom of the chair. I don’t have any pictures of how we did it, but basically, I stapled one end of the jute in place, then laid a board across the middle section of rungs, and Richard used that to prop the stretcher on as he pulled the webbing tight to the other end. While he held it in place, I quickly stapled.
Thank you to my sweet hubby for helping me with this project. I couldn’t have finished it without you! ♥
Oh, and check out Catherine’s cute webbing covered chair– she even did the back! What do you think of leaving the jute as the “finished” seat? Would you cover it?