Rhiannon-An Abalone Inspired Chair Makeover
So, I was driving back home one afternoon and a garage sale caught my eye. I immediately fell in love with this chair and it's beautiful carvings and details and for $20 in the car it went. I already had all materials on hand so I didn't have to spend any additional money for this project. I have always loved abalone jewelry and decided to give this look a try and I'm so glad I did.
First I made a chalk paint with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black (cause that's what I had on hand) by mixing Pixie Dust Liquid Mineral Additive to the paint in an empty butter container. I lightly sanded before painting. Here is the chair before.
And here is the chair after 3 layers of the chalk paint.
Then I started coloring in all of those beautiful curves and carvings. I used Unicorn SPiT Sparkling Stains and Modern Masters Pearl White Metallic. The Unicorn SPiT Sparkling Stains are in a very limited supply right now, but you can use various mica powders in the Unicorn SPiT Gel Stains to get a shimmery effect too. This product can be purchased through specialized vendors, on Amazon, and in some Hobby Lobby and Home Depot stores. I personally purchase through a specialist. You can join the Unicorn SPiT Gel Stain Q & A group on facebook and inquire for the nearest specialist in your area.
I just kept layering the Sparkling Stains with the pearl paint until I liked it using art brushes. I sealed the entire chair with 3 coats of General Finishes HP Top Coat in Gloss and recovered the seat in a black fabric. And here she is. It's like a piece of jewelry for your home. Classic and elegant and totally original.
I probably spent around 6 hours total on this project. It's hard to say since you work on it a little here and there waiting for drying times etc. I am on the look out now for more chairs or furniture with these kinds of details to try this look some more. I think it would look beautiful with white too. More pictures are on my facebook page @angelrockstudio. Thanks for reading and always be soul happy.
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