A few weeks ago I painted a chair.
It was seemingly a very fine chair.
But there was this stain on the seat.
It wasn't all that visible.
But it wasn't to my taste.
Nor anyone else - since it was still there with 5 minutes to go at the estate sale and I bought it for $10.
Of course, it went into a stack in the garage.
So far this year I am sticking firmly to my resolve to not buy anything until we can park
Two cars would be - well, rather optimistic.
I had a bag of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Linen.
I remembered really liking the color when I used it for the undercoat on this dresser.
So I mixed it up.
This chair had a modern finish on it which I knew wouldn't respond well to the milk paint so I lightly sanded it.
I probably should have sanded it more.
It shed flakes quite aggressively.
More than I had hoped.
So I just added some more chips and distressing and went with the well worn look.
That's the deal with the milk paint. It chips when you don't want it to and doesn't chip when you want it to!
I did want it to chip a little or I would have used bonding agent.
Then I used most of the rest of the paint to paint the upholstery.
I didn't really follow any fabric painting rules or anything.
I basically just kept the paint rather thin for several applications then let it thicken for the next several coats.
Then I painted some grain sack stripes on the arms and down the center of the seat.
If you look closely at the chair you can see where the paint crackled. I figured this would happen because the chinz fabric was very thin and there was not much there to absorb the paint. This would actually be quite lovely with one of the darker colors as it looks a LOT like leather.
I sanded and waxed the fabric, then waxed the remainder of the chair with Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax. I also used Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing wax - fairly generously over the wood parts and a teeny tiny bit on the arms where they would have gotten dirty.
As I look at this picture I remember that I waxed the fabric prior to painting the stripe.
Did you know that painters tape does not stick to waxed fabric?
I would call that a tip, but who else would be dumb enough to expect it to?
It was somewhat difficult to paint a straight line on the crinkled paint finish.
I'm telling myself that it looks more woven that way.
Look how straight it looks in this picture!
It's really quite lovely.
It just needs a place to live.
It's for sale at Vera's Daughter.
Come give us a visit!
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