Now, the sprinkles on my cupcake came when I got to the register! See when there are no tags that means "DEAL TIME" and I knew the young girl at the desk knew nothing about furniture."Would you take $2.50 a piece?” She was very serious about her statement, I on the other hand, nearly pee peed my pants! “$2.50? Hmmmm?” I questioned my finger on my chin. I bent down to look at the chair once again. Hahahahaha! Like, I even had to consider the price again. I looked at Maggie, she winked at me, “Okay, I’ll take it!” Out in the parking lot, I was like a kid on Christmas! Jumping around as we loaded them into the van and I tweeted my purchase over the internet! “Can you believe it? What a great deal!” Maggie just laughed at me, “You’re a goof!”
Because I wanted to put these two chairs in our upcoming show I really didn’t have time to let them “marinate” so I was forced to get them done quickly. Just a side note about me: It drives me crazy when I’m forced to be creative, things never really turn out as planned.
First, I removed the seats, or what was left of them. They were ancient and needed to totally be replaced with new foam and batting. Second, I primed. Then I started with the faux.
First, I painted my base coat in a tan (Prairie Dust/Olympic) and let it dry. Then with a 1” brush I used a criss cross motion to paint on the Roasted Coffee Beans 2098-20 Benjamin Moore (mixed with a little glaze). While it was still wet I ragged off the glaze mix in random spots, and allowed the tan (base coat) to show through. When that was dry I then applied the one step crackle paint, and with a large brush spread it on randomly over the surface area. In some spots leaving it thicker (which makes larger cracks) and in some spots leaving it thinner (smaller cracks). The tube recommends letting it dry for a couple hours, me I’m impatient, I use a blow dryer and it works just fine. Just remember to move the dryer around. Sometimes when the gel is thick, the air can actually move it and make “waves” in the gel, I tell you this from experience, grrrrrr! When the cracks have appeared and set (dried) take either a dark stain or dark paint on the tip of an old rag and in a circular motion gently work it into the cracks. This brings out the cracks, highlighting them, and giving them an even more aged look.
(LOVE INDEX CARDS) and this was the recipe I came up with, once I decided to change out the fabric. Yes, I decided to change the fabric! For whatever reason the chair was screaming for a cow print! Can you believe it!