Monday, October 8, 2012

Velva's Chair

I acquired this beautiful piece after it had been passed around from my Mom, My Daughter1, and then to me.  Now it was headed to the Goodwill, when my better judgement intervened just in time.  It is a beautiful old wicker and has great bones.  No breaks in the cane, no breaks or chips in the wicker and SOLID. BUT it was the most awful color creamy dirty yellowish white. Nothing beautifully vintage.  It just looked Dirty. SO it sat in my living room...for what seemed like forever, 2 days before I couldn't stand it any longer.

 Out came the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I put a quick coat of Paris grey over the entire chair,  making sure to get into the nook and crannies of the wicker. 

 I let that dry completely then put a white wash-watered down coat of Old white over it.  After letting that dry I rubbed a little sand paper here and there to bring back it's "Curl up and read a book" patina that I was hoping for.  Some clear ASCP wax for protection and I was done! It literally took me less that 1 hour.  (OK, so I messed around in the kitchen to let it dry and made some popcorn) maybe closer to 1.5 factoring in the popcorn time. :) 

 I love that it was easy and looks fresher, but hasn't lost it's original bones.  The detailing is great.. so vintage.

The chair originally came from an elderly friend of my Mom's that wanted her to have it, after my parents downsizing, it was passed through my daughter's hands onto mine.  Well Velva, I found a place for it. And thank you for keeping it so lovely all those years.  I know she is smiling down at me.
Time to Fly! 
Vintage On A Dime
In The Old Road


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