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This lovely chair has so much character and a little bit of a back story. She arrived at our store with a set of 4 other chairs. The client swore this chair matched all the rest, but in reality, this chair did not match the other chairs. It was a bit older and had a different carving pattern on the back of the chair.
Of course the other chairs sold fairly quick, while this lone chair sat in waiting to be picked and loved. A month went by and so she called out for some TLC. It was time for a retro revamp as we like to call upcycling.
We have spent hours with her, starting with cleaning her up with some mild soap and water and letting her dry and soak up the fresh sunny Florida air. Although on some of the days it was a chilly 40-50 degrees. Then began the retro revamp with light sanding to remove the thick polyurethane she was covered in. Next up was three coats of primer [she was very dark wood]. The next step was choosing a lovely custom color of what we like to call cafe blanco. It is a lovely white color with just the hint of a pale pink. After hand painting her with three coats with waiting time in-between each coat, she really was calling out to us and her name became the Grande Dame chair. Next came another custom color of what we like to call creamy white watered down for a whitewash effect on top of the other coats of cafe blanco. Then we realized the back should be just as fascinating as the carving on the front. So the decision was made to add a custom pink color on the top of the back so if she is seen from across the room the back would be just as lovely. The pink was a custom color we call carnival cotton candy and then after several coats we dry brushed another custom color called cartoon purple in several coats. Then we used a dark washing of a greyish color for the shading.
After a day soaking up the Florida sun, it was time to distress her. Hand distressing in all the right spots that would be affected over the years of being sat in around a big table with friends and family, or alone for a good book. Spending hours with this chair was fun! After distressing it was time for wipe down to get all sanding residue away. Then the final steps were crackling her and then sealing her with several coats of clear.
We love before and afters. This before and after is of a demi loon mahogany table. It has its blemishes and has been very loved. Reworked by first sanding, then two coats of primer due to the deepness of the color of the original wood. Then six coats of a custom blend which becomes just slight of a true mint color. Then we hand distressed the table, and then topped off with three coats of a clear protective finish.
Vintage coats and jackets have arrived from our recent buying trip.
Long Live Vintage by Zan Bielec
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Coffee table revamped. This lovely “pie crust” coffee table, entitled so due to its edges reminding us of a pie crust, has been revamped with some tender loving care. After hand sanding the table and removing some graffiti from a previous owner, we used a primer in grey.
After two coats of grey primer, we began covering the lovely table with a clean white satin paint. Due to the dark wood and previous staining, it took 10 light coats. Light coats work better, last longer and cover better overall. We suggest following the paint maker’s directions for dry time. This paint suggested drying time was 20 minutes between coats so we followed the directions. At one point we went out for some dinner so we let it dry while we were away and finished up more coats when we returned.
After a light sanding between the last 3 coats, we let it dry overnight. The next day we added three light coats of a sealer. We chose a satin sealer to stay with the paint we chose.