Fake Antique #DIYLikeaBoss

So I have another "road rescue".
Trash to Treasure piece.
Ugly upholstery, backrest pillow and all.
I was so excited to see this baby on the side of the road that I did a truck ninja to take it home. (A.K.A.- grab and run without looking.)When checking it out in private at home, I found this antique to be a fake... a 70's/80's spray speckled phony antique, to be exact.
Bummer. But... with a redo, I knew I could fake it better.
So I cleaned it up and removed all upholstery.
Then I sanded down to the awesome wood grain.
Here's the secret: I sanded, but not too crazy in the crevices. But definitely took off all shiny finishing. And, left some of the staple markings on the arms.
I even lightly sanded all of the cane. Allowing some of the dark areas to be highlighted with the sanded areas.
Looking all dirty old.
Now for the new finish.
Just coconut oil rubbed in.
One time. More can be added and rubbed in but the one time was good for this chair.
That's it.
Nothing else.
A little "elbow grease" and... with my bare hands. No harsh chemicals, finishes or fumes.
Coconut oil is great for your skin too. You can eat it, wear it, polish your wood with it and "Bam"! Double duty. See that; it conditioned the wood and my skin at the same time.
Now for the seat.
It was nasty.So I removed all of it and tossed it.
Then started fresh on the frame with all new batting and a felt covering.
The fabric I chose was French typography. (Because I had to try it at least once.)
Then I reattached the new seat.
Here we are with the same chair, but with a whole new fake antique look.
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Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations
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  • Maryjanie36 Maryjanie36 on Jan 10, 2016
    The chair found by the roadside. I have one similar but with cloth backing. What do you do for that. Cloth rests on arms, too. Material wearing out.

  • Carol Main Carol Main on Jan 12, 2016
    Beautiful chair, where did you get your lettered fabric?

  • Wanday Wanday on Jan 14, 2016
    Love, love, love!! BTW Where did you get the cotton branch hanging on wall in the pic?


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