Happy Monday, my friends! Hope you all had a super weekend! Last week I got my paint brushes out again and finished up this French chair named Meryl! I’m so excited for you to meet her.
I think you’d agree she has gorgeous curves. Am I right?
This is how she was looking when I bought her from my friend Dan at Gentleman & Daughter Antiques. I think she was painted before and it was chipping a bit and really she just needed a little refresh.
Both have the lovely ball and claw feet. I just have a thing for them! I knew I wanted her to coordinate but not be matchy matchy. So, I decided on Country Grey Chalk Paint® (base coat on the desk and stencil detail) with tinted Graphite wax. Below you can see how the piece looked with two coats of Country Grey (no wax yet).
I then applied two coats of clear wax all over.
As you can see the details are getting a little lost so tinted wax is perfect for this. To create the tinted wax I mixed together Graphite Chalk Paint® with the clear wax.
To apply the tinted wax. Apply a small amount of clear wax and while it is tacky apply the tinted wax.
Allow to sit for a few minutes and wipe off the excess. The tinted wax will remain in the indents. Here she is with the tinted wax:
I went heavier on the detailing but applied tinted wax all over lightly so it looked more natural and blended.
Now all of Meryl’s pretty details are showing up – similar to contouring your eyes with a bit of eye shadow and mascara!
Her gorgeous carved legs:
The ball and claw feet:
The cane seat is really lovely with the lighter color too!
What do you think of Meryl? She’s ready for her close up!