I believe in love at first sight.
I remember my best friend setting me up on a blind date. It was a double date. Of course I fell in love at first sight! In fact, my best friend and I ran off to the bathroom (because that’s what girls do) and I told her, “he’s the type of guy I could see myself married to, but I doubt I’m the type of girl he’d want to marry.”
He was just too perfect.
He had perfectly straight teeth, dark hair and the perfect Wrangler butt. You know, the total package.
Funny how we can make that assumption in the first minute of meeting our dream guy.
I seem to have the same problem with furniture too. I see something I like, instantly fall in love, and I have to have it.
It’s only later that I realize… the drawer has a huge hole in the bottom, the door won’t stay closed, there’s a huge crack in the leg… I could go on and on…and on.
This was the case with this leather chair…
My original plan was to give this chair to my hubby for his office.
But, it was too big and without wheels it was not practical.
I thought about recovering it.
Then I saw the millions of staples and nail heads and decided that would take years. Years people!
So, it sat in the corner of our living room, hidden away from the world. (Until my mom noticed it the other night and commented, “Claire, that chair is filthy!)
I couldn’t throw it away. It’s not what I do.
I couldn’t sell it. The leather was in BAD shape as you can see from the picture. It was cloudy and just plain funky.
So, I decided to try painting it. After all, the chair was free, so if it didn’t work out, then I didn’t lose anything.
I’ve heard that people have used Annie Sloan paint to paint fabric chairs, so surely you could paint a leather chair. Right?
I have always wanted a grain sack chair, but three things stood in my way….
1. I can’t sew.
2. I HATE recovering chairs. (It’s REALLY hard friends!)
3. Grain sacks are expensive! Like $20-30 for a grain sack and I’d need several for this project!
So, I pulled out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and got to painting.
I was a little nervous at this point. It was easy to scratch off, and you could see my brush strokes. This is where I begin to think…what have I done?
After it dried, I painted it again.
After three coats of paint, it looked amazing! I was already starting to like it.
At this point, I used clear wax over the whole chair. Once it was buffed, I began to get it ready for its grain sack stripes.
I measured where the center was and then put my tape about 3/4 of an inch in each direction. So, my middle stripe was 1 1/2″ wide.
The little lines on either side I just kind of eyeballed.
Getting these tape lines straight was probably the toughest part of the whole project! Just when I thought I had them perfectly even, my husband would walk by and say, “The line looks a little skinny up at the top there.”
Once they were finally straight.. and even, I dry brushed on some ASCP in Emperor’s Silk.
My favorite part, as always, is removing the tape.
I cleaned up where I had got paint on the sides, clear waxed over the stripes, buffed again, and sanded down the little nail heads.
I couldn’t believe it. It looked amazing!
But, will it hold up to sitting on it, kids, dogs?
I have no idea, but I did make my 7 year old jump on it several times so we could do a little video shoot for you.
Yes, I sound like a total dork, but I wanted you to see that it really worked!!
I decided to use the chair as my new office chair…
So, you know that boy my best friend set me up with? Well, luckily I was the type of girl he wanted to marry, and after one month we were engaged and married a year later. He’s still has perfect teeth, dark hair (although there might be a few strands of grey in there), and a smokin’ hot Wrangler butt.
So, what do you think?
Would you paint a leather chair with chalk paint? What is the craziest thing you’ve painted?
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