I painted them a light, light grey and added a little more cushion... you know... for our bottoms *wink* You will be pleased to know they are no longer stuffed with crunchy horsehair. Then, I covered them in a charcoal grey linen. I wanted a fun pattern to play off the pattern in our draperies, but in the end, I really ended up liking the solid. It matches the ribbon on the draperies and also the face of my vintage clock.
Then I did this quick and easy project by following Ashley Ann's simple steps:
So easy! baby hughes says they are snowflakes (and you know I love snowflakes) so maybe I will put them away until Christmas. But, for now I will enjoy them.
As for the finish on the chairs...hmm... where do I start? Well, let's just say that I was less than happy with a certain big name company that produces primer. I tried a new formula. It seems to have clashed with the paint that I always use. In short, the paint never dried in some areas. That has never happened (part of it is the lovely heat and humidity that we are having, I am sure.) And I had painted 3 chairs. So, what to do? Do I strip and repaint the 3 and not use the primer on any of them or do I paint the remaining ones with the primer and hope to get the same results? At this point, I had taken sandpaper and a drywall trowel to them. And, I was sort of digging the look. So I went with it. And it looks pretty authentic.... like layers and layers of paint had been worn down by years instead of my vengeful hands.
I call it "Accidentally Authentic." And if you want me to recreate this finish for you, there will be an upcharge *wink* And, since the dining room is once again finished (for now!) I thought I would show you what it looked like almost 5 years ago soon after we moved in...
And now, from a slightly different camera view...
We have changed the chairs and the draperies and have taken some things down and put some up. That wall color will remain though. I always love change, but that is the one wall color in the house that hasn't been up for change in all the time we have lived here. Okay, kids, I have to get some invites out for someone's 3rd birthday. Oh, and I read that book on my to do list too! check, check, check!!
bye for now!