|This great set of chairs was redone in a clean (not distressed) cream color with clear wax. The color was chosen to offset the rich brown color (sold).|
I closely follow the work of others - an ever expanding group from all indications - and try to keep a good set of ideas and images on my pinterest page - link.
This posting highlights projects completed in 2014. I will summarize my lessons learned over the years below.
|These chairs had such nice woodwork that I wanted to enhance. I choose the Duck Egg Blue to set off the cream fabric - I loved how these turned out (sold).|
|This great shaped chair was purchased in New Orleans on a January visit to the city. Once I chose the pale neutral and chocolate linen fabrics, the choice of Old Ochre was easy to make (sold).|
|These pieces all had woodwork and was no longer in good condition so I had to find a good color to coordinate with the fabrics selected. Three ended up with CoCo and one with Old White. The two wingbacks are still available.|
- Clean the woodwork and remove piping or other obstacles to getting as close to the fabric as possible.
- Do the first coat with the piece turned upside down so that you can adequately paint the hard to see and get to places.
- If some brown or red continues to show through the paint after one or two coats, it means that some of the original stain is coming through (and will continue to come through with more coats). Use a clear shellac finish to seal the areas and resume painting.
- Let each coat dry fully to the touch before adding additional coats - I have used up to four coats on some pieces but two are usually adequate.
- Let the final coat dry overnight before applying clear wax. Buff once it has dried.
- Before using dark wax (with some exceptions) use a clear wax coat first. This gives you the ability to moderate the amount of dark wax remaining on the piece. The only times I do not do this is when I am using graphite (dark grey) and want it to look as black as possible or another shade like CoCo for the same reason.
That's it - enjoy!