Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! I hope you've all had a wonderfully crafty week! Ok, ok, I know you've probably had to do SOME kind of work, but hopefully the crafty things wiggled their way in there too! After all, don't we have to have some fun in the midst of our "have to do it" times.
While I wasn't exactly crafty DURING the week, I did get the chance to take a chair class. What is a chair class? Well, I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED! It's a class where you do a chair. BWAH HAHAHAHAHA Ok, ok, enough of the goofing off here. It is actually a class that I took where I learned how to prep, paint, distress and seal a chair AND learn how to do a simple seat upholstery. Very fun. Now, I know that most of you can already do this, but NOT ME. I've always wanted to, but my projects never really turned out well, and now I know why. I wasn't doing it right.
Not only is Jessica a super friendly, super nice lady, but you should see the finished projects in her store. TO. DIE. FOR. Seriously. I just can not get over how beautiful the finished pieces in that store are. Jessica owns the store with her husband, Justin, who also does fabulous work. Those two are a painting dynamo! And he is just as nice as Jessica. The entire time I was taking the class, he was kind enough to tell me my chair was looking good. Thanks Justin!
Since we were going for that particular look, we did a little bit of distressing. I just think there's something charming about the distressed look. I opted for light distressing on this chair, as I really wanted it to blend well with the fabric and give it a kind of "charmed" look.
After letting the second coat dry while having lunch (which Jessica ordered in), it was time for the wax. Yes, I said wax. I know, I know, we all are used to seeing stain or paint or sealant of some kind, but not wax. Although this was an intimidating step to me, the way Jessica explained and demonstrated it, I felt much better. It is not at all hard, just different. As I made sure the wax was ground into the chair, I was wondering how this would turn out. Turns out...I love the look! For this chair, we used clear wax to seal, and I decided against the dark wax this time. I was REALLY loving how this was turning out! After wiping the excess wax off, it was time for the upholstery part. Several options were explained to me and I chose to do the "just under the seat" option. That is the technical name that I gave it. hahahaha I cut the foam to size; wrapped it in batting, and stapled it to just underneath the seat lip. Although I had given Jessica my power tools, sharp objects and fire disclaimer, she allowed me to use the upholstery gun (aka "power tool") anyway. Brave, brave soul. OH MY GOSH, THAT WAS SOOOOO MUCH FUN! She did have to give me tips on how to point it and how to set it down correctly, as well as some extremely useful information on how to tack as opposed to completely stapling. I have to admit that I'd love to be stapling today too, but she kept her upholstery gun. Darn! There's always a catch!
Next came the attachment of the fabric, which was a beautiful soft colored floral pattern. Yeah, I know, I am so NOT a floral person, but this was really pretty and just the look I was going for. I attached the fabric to the seat lip just as I had attached the batting before it. I decided on double inverted pleats for the front corners to make them look nicer than just having extra fabric hanging around looking at me. Jessica held and I stapled. LOVIN' THAT UPHOLSTERY GUN! Excess fabric was cut off using a razor blade (aka "sharp object") close to the staples. I hot glued some beautiful trim onto cover the rough edges of the fabric and THE CHAIR WAS DONE!! Oh my goodness, I love, love, love it! I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun this class was and how awesome the instruction was. Jessica has so much passion and excitement for her work that I cannot even begin to think of this class being taught by someone else. She is also my new hero, not only for her amazing talent, but for enduring my constant chatter and amazement without bopping me over the head. :D
I am now a tried and true believer in not only the fact that I CAN do this thing called painting, but that the Annie Sloan Chalk Paints are simply everything they have said they were. I am truly amazed at how this paint works and all of the different things you can do with it. If you are local here, please take a moment to stop by Paint in my Hair and, if you are not local, please take a moment to check out her blog. I am so excited that we have this available to us. It was truly a wonderful experience and I am very excited to work on more projects.
For me, it was a Classy Chair day.
Paint (Old Ochre/Old White) and Clear Wax by Annie Sloan Chalk Paints; foam and batting by Joann/Hancock Fabrics; Fabric for chair by unknown source.