Yesterday, my resupply of Annie Sloan's Old White Chalk Paint arrived from House of Anne...WOOT!!! I've been collecting little pieces ready to be transformed, and here's the first!
This is another Kijiji find...a GENUINE Bass River bar chair, HANDmade right here in Nova Scotia by a company (sadly) no longer in business. I bought two of these for a whopping ten dollars each. Bass River Chair was formerly known as the Dominion Chair Company, a 150 year old homegrown business. They're branded with the logo underneath (which I did NOT paint over!), and the last factory burned down in 1989, so these little gems are true collectors'pieces and will be staying with me FOREVER!
Hmmm, I never know whether to call these barstools or chairs...I suppose they're a little of both?
So here are some "befores..."
I've entered this project for the "House of Anne Chair Affair" and wicked awesome and very generous giveaway. Those of you living in California would be SOOOO LUCKY to be able to take classes with Anne! Siiiigh...I WISH...meanwhile, I have to find my way around in lovely Nova Scotia, with the help of generous bloggers.
See the supportive struts here and in the next pic...
Initially I thought I'd take them off, clean them and paint them with Rustoleum Hammered Copper. Alas, that was not to be. The supports were welded on. So...plan B was hatched. I'd heard that Annie's Chalk Paint could also be used for painting metal...hmmm...couldn't hurt, right? Worked BEAUTIFULLY!!
So...I scrubbed the chair with TSP, let it bake in the sunshine, then painted completely with Old White. Then I transferred a damask image from Graphics Fairy onto the seat, resized the same image smaller for the back of the chair, then transferred each by scraping the back of the inkjet-printed image on the chair.
Once that was finished, I clear waxed and dark waxed averything, chipped where I wanted chipping, and finally painted three coats of Polycrylic on the seat and back and rungs, where most of the wear will happen.
I am TICKLED PINK with the results!!
Here's the chair, although you can't really see the images transferred here...there's a better shot at the end of this post.
Once more, the finished chair, in all its chalk paint and chippy goodness. You can see a larger image if you click on it. I'm partying here and with these fine bloggers.
Finally, THANK YOU from the bottom of my Nova Scotian heart, for the compliment of visiting my wee blog. Wishing you a day filled with the closeness of people you love and the things you love to do.