Over the weekend I went to a furniture painting class and learned how to makeover a chair using Maison Blanche paint. I’m always interested in learning new things and trying new products, and this experience did not disappoint!
The Burlap Junkies out in Pipe Creek, Texas host Painting Parties to teach people how to give new energy to an old piece of furniture. It’s an afternoon of food, fun and new friends that you can enjoy with or without wine. Your choice.
I signed up for the small furniture painting class early in May, and thought I had plenty of time to find a piece to take. However, time got away from me and I found myself a few days away from the event with no piece. Never to fear though, the Chair Junkee is here! Sweet Claudia (a.k.a. Chair Junkee) partners with Lisa from Burlap Junkies to make sure that no one leaves empty handed. The best part is, the price of her chairs (which are well priced), include reupholstering! She saved my bacon by having this beautiful chair available to purchase.
Now, on to the how to…
Because of the fabric I had picked out, I decided on the Coffee Bean chalk paint from Maison Blanche. With the chip brush, I applied a quick coat of paint.
And then another, and then another (because of the dark shade of paint).
When the paint was thoroughly dry, I took a 220 grit piece of sandpaper and created a well-used look, allowing some of the original wood to show through the paint. After the sanding, I applied a clear wax with a chip brush
When the clear wax had been buffed with a rag, I then applied a product called Lime Wax. I was pretty excited to use this because I had never heard of it before. It ended up being the magic to this piece, creating a truly aged look by putting a greyish white into all of the grooves, including the grain of the wood.
I have to admit, I had not been happy with the color of the coffee bean alone, but with the lime wax, it was spectacular! Here is the finished product:
While I worked, Ms. Claudia recovered my seat with the fabric I brought. When I finished the chair, she screwed the seat on and it all tied together so well! I couldn’t have been happier with the result.
Peace & Love,