Our local design client recently purchased dining room chairs from Restoration Hardware. Although they were a beautiful compliment to the table we selected for her, they didn’t have a true “finish” on them and were left raw thus her children quickly stained the seats just from everyday use. Within a month, they looked like this:
Disappointed, she planned on returning them however we suggested allowing us to create a complimentary finish that would look cohesive with our design and similar to the rest of the chair.
Here’s how we did it:
- Wipe down the seat to remove any oil and dust.
- Mix French Linen with water (2:1) and brush on the seat with a Small Annie Sloan brush. Allow to dry approx 20-30 minutes. Repeat twice. We apply it this way so it’s a very thin, even yet fully opaque layer of French Linen (a lovely mid-tone greige.)
- Brush on Dark Wax, wipe off. This makes it slightly warm and woodsy.
- Brush on White Wax, wipe off. This creates a limed look. The combo of the two waxes is perfection!
- Using 0000 Steel Wool (Super Fine), burnish the seat by rubbing quickly to uff to a sheen. This will give the chairs a slightly worn and distressed look while sealing them well so future stains can’t permeate as easily.
Here’s the end result:
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