This pair I picked up on the second day of an estate sale for half price. ($7.50 for the two)
Nice opportunity to do something different with the back. I have an idea but I'll reveal that later.
And this shin scrape.
I primed in this color because I already had this tinted primer and I'm trying to use things I have on hand to reduce the inventory.
In case you're wondering, I'm not trying to save the upholstery! I plan to have these upholstered professionally and this back does not come out easily. I'm just trying to paint without getting the upholstery stuck to the chair.
Before I could stop myself, I was lightly distressing the entire chair.
I followed that up with a dark brown glaze that I mixed from a Martha Stewart brown I had on hand, a little glaze, and a squirt of dark brown pigment. I applied it with a cheese cloth and wiped it off with another piece of wet cheese cloth.
Here they are side by side with the left one untouched and the right one distressed and glazed. It's hard to see how different they look in this picture.
I planned to use it on this pair of chairs but I didn't think I had enough fabric. So I went searching for a complimentary fabric that I thought I would use for piping. I lucked out and found a solid fabric that was the very same as the background of the fabric I had. Now I'm using both those pieces on a different pair of chairs. Confused? Me too!
I decided to use the plain background fabric on the back of the chairs and stencil it with this pattern from The Stencil Library.
The last layer is just the three little cutouts in the first three letters. It is meant to be used to repaint the background color after you stenciled the P,A, and R as solid. But, because I was stenciling on fabric and not using a stencilled background, I needed to allow the fabric to show through.
I traced the 3 little cutouts onto contact paper and cut them out.
Trying to separate the backing from the sticky part can be next to impossible on such a tiny piece. I finally figured out if I stuck a pin through the paper (non sticky) side and came up between the layers it was pretty simple.
My scientific plotting of the color I wanted.
Here you can see I pulled the contact paper off the letter "R" and my method was successful.
One down and one to go. (This photo was taken in natural light is the true color. Other photos were taken in my kitchen where it is impossible to get a shot that isn't yellowed.)
Now off to the upholsterer.
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