I just got this beautiful chair, don't you just love her! On my way home from picking her up I decided to stop at Joann's and get fabric. I know, I don't waste much time. It's just, I have been looking for this style of chair for MONTHS! I can hardly wait to see it finished :)
I am going to try and attempt to show you the steps, this will be my first try so be patient :) Oh and I am not an expert, this is actually my first chair. Two firsts!!
First, remove all the cording off the chair. It is usually just glued on so it should come off pretty easy with some pliers and scissors. Mine torn off really easy, a few spots stuck so I had to snip the fabric with my scissors. When the cording is all removed make sure no staples are sticking up, if they are remove them with pliers. There were some I couldn't remove so I just hammered them in all the way.
Here is a shot with all the cording off. I was going to remove all the fabric but it was tearing my batting up so leaving it on was just easier. If you have a dark fabric and are putting a light one over you will have to remove all the fabric off the chair.
Now comes the fun part...PAINT!! I decided to use two colors one for the main body and one to highlight the carved details. Main color was ASCP in Coco , highlights were old white. Here is a pic of the two paints. I applied 2 coats of the coco and then with a smaller artists brush I applied the old white. It doesn't have to be perfect so don't stress out about staying in the cracks. I have a few friend who would hate this part :) Luckily I am not one of those people! I know looks kinda strange, trust me it will turn out perfect.
Now this next step is one of the longest, sanding. I always always sand by hand. I feel it gives me more control over the finished look and allows me to draw attention to different areas on the furniture. Also, I like to sand before waxing, that's just me. However, it does mean more of a mess to clean up.
I just love how the wood shows in some areas, it just speaks to me. After sanding the whole chair with medium and light sandpaper you are ready for wax. On this project I decided to just clear wax because the fabric I am putting on is pretty light and I didn't want the chair too look too dark or dirty. The wax deepens the paint and brings out the color of the wood perfectly.
Here is a sneak peak of Part 2, Can't wait to see her finished!!