nailhead trim (left), graywash finish (center), and linen fabric(right)
The chair before was ROUGH!! Here is my daughter looking at it (left). She's probably thinking, "Mom, what in the world are you going to do with this chair?"
Sure, it had a few layers of old upholstery when I opened up the back and it was missing a seat cushion. BUT I saw the potential. I saw the lines and imagined the graywash finish with the textured fabric. I saw the sophisticated styling from this ugly thing:
As hard as it may be, I bought this chair and refinished it with selling it in mind.
In the next part of this post I'll share a mini tutorial on how I accomplished the graywash finish. Read on if you'd like to try it out too.
The Graywash Finish:
First, I removed all the old upholstery and staples and gave it a good cleaning with TSP. Then, I sanded it down thoroughly with a medium grit sandpaper and gave it another cleaning.
Then, it was time to start the glazing. I wanted the wood finish to show through, so I didn't want to paint it. I wanted the grain to be visible.
I mixed about 2/3 glaze (American Tradition brand from Lowe's) and 1/3 paint (a mixture of gray Sherwin William's paints). Then, I used a cheap chip brush and painted it on then wiped it off with an old t-shirt. If it looked too solid, I wiped it all off and tried again with a lighter hand. It was really about experimenting. The glaze gave me more time to play with the color intensity. In this picture you can see the before and after of the glaze. It is applied to one side of the chair but not the other.
Next, I used an antiquing glaze to highlight all the knicks and gouges and details in the furniture and give it some depth. The gray finish looked great, but it seemed a little flat and one dimensional. This rocker was already "distressed" when I got it. It is very structurally sound, but it has lots of knicks and a few gouges that give it some character. I wanted the antiquing to help me highlight the rough hewn finish.
Using a similar technique, I used a chip brush and painted on the glaze and immediately wiped it off. I used a very light hand for this and left some extra glaze in the corners and along all the architecutral features in the arms, etc.
Finally, I applied Minwax Paste Finishing Wax to the finish to protect it and give it a sheen. It adds to the depth of the piece and makes it look a little more worn.
Easier Than I Thought!
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