Cooled Down Red Hot Chair

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I know everyone that loves flowers are enjoying this Spring. Mom’s Iris’s and Amaryllis are absolutely beautiful. And…you know the Humming Birds are back. Mom has her usual seat at the kitchen table watching them. 🙂

Amaryllis 2013

Mom's Iris's 2013

This week I finally got to this chair that my long-time client has been very patiently waiting on. They stumbled on it and bought it for $10. It is one of those chairs that you either go all the way with it, stripping years of paint off, or just giving it a nice easy  face seat lift. I did caulk it some but it made no difference, sanding drips and chipping paint, again no difference and that’s when I knew it would take more work required than anyone wanted invested in it.

W/Ts red chair

You can see the upside down drips in paint on the back of the chair that absolutely would NOT sand out, the cracks and loose joints that could not be tightened because of so many coats of paint on the screws, etc. You get the picture, literally. 🙂

My clients wanted the chair to sit next to a Hoosier I had previously painted and Old White was the color chosen with dark wax. The first coat of paint really changed the look of the chair and by the time I put the dark wax on it you didn’t even see the upside down drips.

Red chair/Old White chair finished

WOW what a difference! Project complete!

Red chair seat finished

Red Chair seat finished

I love the details that show with the dark wax. All the layers of old paint brush marks really give the dark wax something to grab hold of.

Red chair seat finished

I sacrificed one of the Tiger Lily’s for the picture. This is going to look fantastic next to the Hoosier.

Thanks for stopping in for the visit and don’t forget to say hi! FYI I have started working on that “domed chest” some of you might remember me talking about in an earlier post. I can’t wait to show you the transformation!

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French Hutch in Old White

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We have had quite a bit of rain down here in my country and I took a drive down to Black Lake about 20 miles from my house. There are some very pretty places on this lake, but I am extremely afraid of snakes, cotton mouth and copper head snakes are rampant in areas like this. I thought I would share this picture I took.

Black Lake

Last week I showed you French Provincial table and chairs that I gave an updated look to and did my first upholstery job on. This week I  have  the hutch. It had the same yellowish finish with those black spots in the finish to give it some type of antique look I guess. I painted it Old White and I put a dark wax glaze on it. Here is the before…

E's hutch before

Here are some details and then I will show you the finish.

E's hutch single door

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E's hutch top detail

And here is the hutch completed. It really has a new, fresh look.

E's hutch in Old White

If you look at last weeks post I gave some tips on the application of dark wax/glaze. I hope you enjoyed this weeks project. Each week brings something new and interesting for me and I hope for those that are looking for it you will find it too. 🙂

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French Table and Chairs

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I guess I’m one of those people who can’t seem to follow through all the way with all of my “tech stuff”. While at Kelli’s my Ipad was giving me some trouble so I took it into an Apple Store. They were not able to correct the problem so I was given a new one. BUT…I would lose all my pictures on the old one. “No prob” I said….”I linked to my laptop and downloaded all my pictures so I have it covered.” Well…the rest of the story is that I had NOT done what ever I was supposed to have done to make all of that happen so needless to say all my pictures of jobs that I had completed and would write posts on are now yea, you got it, LOST! That’s what happened last week and I was so frustrated with my self that I just threw the towel in for that week.

But this is another day and another job. We have been blasted with floor work and in the middle of all that I got a phone call. This sweet lady was referred to me by Tres Bien Antiques for an update to her French Provincial table and chairs. She also wanted the chairs recovered. Well…this was something that I had never done except in helping Kelli with her dining room chairs. But these were a lot more complicated. Miss Mustard Seed has given me super powers because I said “Yes I will recover them for you.” This is the old look.

E's chair before

This chair has the finish with the dots and it had a yellow look. The yellow is what she wanted changed so I painted them Old White and applied dark wax thinned down to a glaze. I wanted to “lighten” the color of the dark wax so the glaze would not be as dark so here is a tip.

TIP: To lighten the dark wax color mix clear wax with it. It totally gave me the color I was looking for. Here is another tip.

TIP: When I clean my dark wax brush I save the mineral spirits in an empty wax can. I use this to thin the  dark wax to make my glazes. 

I have no pictures of my recovering the chairs, I was so engrossed into the making the pattern, covering the piping, sewing and fitting to the chairs that no pictures were taken. 😦

E's captain's chair back view

This is the back of one of the chairs showing the reupholstered seat. I think it looks pretty darn good. Especially for my first time.

Here’s the table before. The apron and base were different colors because over the years the color had faded.

E's table after

Here are the after pictures.

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E's table/chairs afterIt all looks so much cleaner and softer. I love the way they turned out. Next week I will share the hutch I painted to match this dining room set.

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The Greatest Compliment

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My little three-year-old granddaughter talks to Siri on Kelli’s IPhone and saves the messages to send to her Nana Peg. Go figure for a three-year-old to do something her mother doesn’t even know how to do. 🙂  Our “hug bucket” is getting seriously low of hugs and kisses to pull out when we miss each other.  Hmmmm…what do you do when you are crazy busy and want to take a month off to visit your daughter on Long Island. Okay,  I know I was just up there this summer and she was just down here in August…but it’s winter and withdrawals are setting in. I guess it’s a good type of dilemma to have.  But…it’s something I WILL be working on. So…in the mean time…

In my opinion the greatest compliment someone could give your work is to want you to paint more of their beautiful furniture. So, after I finished the bedroom furniture I featured last week my clients asked me to paint one of their  favorite antique tables. I picked it up on Monday and they needed it back by Wednesday of that week. The chairs, well let’s just say they had to wait a couple of weeks.  The table is really cool in the way the leafs are stored under the top of the table, to slide them out remove the top square and pull them out. The leafs have arms that are notched and rest on the apron of the table to hold them in position, replace the top square and you now have a not-so-square table.

Because of the speed this table had to be finished I failed to get a before picture of the complete table. So here is a picture of the legs. The  table was painted black. The oak wood of the table top was completely hidden under the black paint and the spiral of the barley-twist legs was also lost.

Barley twist legs

Now see how pretty the legs are after they were painted Annie Sloan Versailles with clear wax.

Painted barley twist legs

Here is the top after it was stripped and stained dark walnut with MINWAX stain and waxed with Annie Sloan clear wax.

Barley twist table top

Absolutely beautiful. So after all their company left and the table had been cleared, I was able to pick up the chairs that were also painted black. They are ladder back chairs with woven raffia seats.

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I love how the table is being used between these wicker chairs. It looks stunning in this room that over looks their pool. The four ladder back chairs are not used every day I just needed a picture of it with the table for this post. Thank goodness they are so accommodating to allow me to finally get the picture I needed.

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