There might actually be a light at the end of the tunnel in the whole dining chair saga. Do you remember my inspiration chairs that I found at House Beautiful.
I think I may be well on my way towards something very similar. I showed you a couple of days ago that I had painted the chairs the same color as my cabinets.
But if you’ll notice, the chairs in the inspiration photo have a bit of a dry brushed finish on them. I really like that finish, and wanted to replicate it as closely as possible (using only paint I already had since I want to spend as little money as possible on this). I was also anxious to tone down that semi-gloss shine on my newly painted chairs.
So I broke out the flat black paint and did a little dry-brushing over the teal paint, followed by some very light sanding with 330 grit sandpaper, and this is how it turned out.
You can see that there’s a very subtle difference. The one on the left has more dimension…more age…more character. The one on the right just looks flat and blah.
I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out. Dry brushing over semi-gloss paint is not really ideal, so it was a bit challenging to get the finish to look just like I liked it.
I think that little bit of dry brushing and light sanding made all the difference in the world. And now it’s much closer to my inspiration chair!
Now the next challenge was finding just the right fabric. I had to go to JoAnn Fabrics yesterday to get supplies for another project, so while I was there I looked for the perfect orange fabric. I searched all through the decorator fabrics…nothing. I searched all through the apparel fabrics…nada.
I was about to give up my search, when I was passing by the discount fabrics at the very back of the store, and there, peeking out from the other bolts of fabric, was the perfect fabric.
What do you think? Isn’t it just perfect?!
Ha! I’m kidding!!!
Actually, that really is the fabric that I bought for the chairs, but I’m going to use the back side of the fabric.
Aahhh…much better. This fabric was regularly $7/yard, but it was on sale for 50% off, so I got the fabric for both chairs for $3.50/yard!! Can’t beat that!!
I also got the foam 50% off, the buttons 50% off. Actually, I think just about everything I bought yesterday was on sale. Seriously, if you live near a JoAnn Fabrics, you might want to stop in and stock up on stuff.
Anyway, I also bought some darker blue for the buttons and the piping around the edge.
Although after getting it home, I almost wish I had bought a darker blue. Hmmm…I may have to replace that.
So my little chairs are well on their way, and I think they may actually end up looking very much like the inspiration chairs, which is always exciting!