|this hyacinth is sitting on english and latin dictionary |
think how intellectual she feels
I found this chair on the street, much in need of love. Aside from the seat problem, it is solid.
First I cleaned it with vinegar and water and left it to dry out a couple of days (10 parts water, 2 parts vinegar).
|glued and nailed|
Then I glued and nailed the seat down covering it with plastic and then heavy books. Another couple of days there, ahh patience is not my thing. I may upholster it later to hide the nails. Yet later when I put the finish they actually look good - country style.
|getting pretty now|
I painted it gray.
|don't put too much you can always add more|
|rub off as you like|
When it was dry, I mixed in a little bit turpentine with Raw Umber oil paint (just a tube from the art store). I painted it on messy with a paintbrush, then I smoothed it around with a cloth and put it on heavier with a small brush on the angles of the chair. Oil paint takes about 5 days to dry well. You can mix in a dryer (I like Japan Dryer available in America, in Europe I use a drying gel medium) into the paint, this will help the drying process but is not needed. If you want to protect it more you can put a clear coat on at the end.
|the flower pot has a pearl finish (again!!) with a bronze boarder|
This process comes out really nice if done on a piece that has detailing or moldings you can antique . Try it on a dresser or armoire it will be so pretty.
|this antique finish is lovely over color too!|