Drab to Fab Furniture Upcycling »
Category: Home & Garden
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Retro / Vintage
primer, bondo, liquid sander, pain, copper gilding, crackling, glazing, briwax
What was your inspiration?
Found this chair at an auction. I liked it's unusual "throne-like" feel. My family hated it and I agreed it needed a lot of work, but kept telling them it was going to be gorgeous! As I deconstructed the cushion, the wood was so soft I could almost put my finger into the support brackets. I had to bondo the feet and fill in where a piece was missing and I used the bondo to strengthen the support structure. Ripping out the old seating was tedious. I must have removed a thousand tiny tacks. The seat fabric and stuffing was literally crumbling as I worked. I wanted to make a unique piece that matches my transitional style decor. I used all sorts of processes Anne Marie taught. I used bondo to repair, I primed, painted, coated, sanded, glazed, gilded and sealed it all with brown Briwax! I had to reweave the seat bottom and add new cushions and fabric.
What are you most proud of?
My patience in waiting for each step to dry and cure. I wanted to rush into the next process, but I remember Anne Marie's instructions and patiently allowed the chair to dry before moving onto the next step. I used all of her techniques,glazing, painting, sanding,gilding, crackling, and even bond! I think using the bondo impressed my husband a lot.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Use your imagination and see the potential in a unique piece. Don't give up and if you make a mistake, paint over it and try again.