Hope you're all having a great day
and looking forward
to another paint project!
My blog header used to say "Craft journal, Art inspirations"
Well, that wasn't happening
so, duh, I changed it to "Painted Furniture and Happy Art"
Now that IS what's happening!
It's a journey I guess.
Today, meet Simple Summer Sophisticate.
I say Summer because I used an outdoor furniture fabric
even though this piece would be used inside.
I liked the bold traditional graphic
Because the seat is full of pattern
I decided to use a simple medallion tattoo on the back.
But, of course,
in the beginning
she looked like this:
Not too bad, really.
I bought her at a thrift store for $10.
I had to sturdy her up with some nails and glue.
Her leg needed repair
and I had to cut a new seat.
After sanding, I painted
with a semi-gloss black.
I didn't use a primer this time
because it didn't matter if some brown
would show through.
I wanted to try something different this time.
Usually you find me painting a lighter color
with a darker shade for the edges.
So I wanted to reverse that.
I sanded the edges
and then brushed on a light gray paint
with a little glaze
and then wiped off if it was too heavy.
Then for the medallion
I started with a tiny liner brush
to make the center dot and petals.
using the back end of the brush for the dots.
Use a small flat brush double loaded
(cream on one side of the brush and black on the other)
Make an upside down U motion
closing the petal at the bottom.
Finish up with some dots around the outside
and your medallion tattoo
is good to go.
Moving on to her puffed up seat....
I like my chairs comfy and cushy.
Look at the differnce
in their "sit upons":
Here's another one of my sweet girls
with her cute little puffed up seat:
You can find out more about her here.
So, to get that look,
we'll use 3 layers of mattress foam
plus 2 layers of batting.
You can cut 2 foam pieces the same size as the wood seat.
Then you can cut one foam piece
a bit smaller so the seat raises in the center.
Tuck this smaller piece in between the others.
Staple on back of board
as shown here.
After attaching the seat with screws
on the bottom she
is ready for show.
So, though I have typically
painted in a lighter color with a darker edge,
this time I changed it up.
Here is a comparison of the two techniques.
Worn and Comfy.
You can see more on the white chair here.
This Little Lady's Style might be more refined
but she still has a little farmhouse in her
with the shabby edge detail.
You're already thinking
of something you can try this on!
That's my DIY friend!
I always appreciate your visits and comments, Deb
See you soon.
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