Did you know that it is possible to add colour to your clear wax? Of course you did!!
Last month we drove to Switzerland for a little skiing and a little brocanting…..guess which one I did?
While I was there….I found this chair:
It is solid oak and really heavy. I actually debated whether or not to paint this…..
First step was to remove the old green fabric.
The moment I saw this chair I new I wanted to upholster it with the Peking fabric from the Annie Sloan fabric collection. It is a beautiful thick linen that is perfect for upholstery, curtains, blinds and pillows. The base colour is a beigy oatmeal colour and the blue is a lovely deep bluish violet. It is one of my favourites.
As I wrote earlier, I debated about painting this. It does have some scratches and dings in it but it is in great shape- it would still work with the wood and fabric combination but I really wanted to give this chair an update.
I decided on Country Grey as the base colour. This is a true beige with no yellow to it.
I painted the frame two coats and wanted to give it a little extra….so I tinted the wax!
I have written about this before. Annie Sloan soft wax comes in clear or dark- which is a dark brown. But it is possible to add a spoonful of any paint colour to the clear to create a different patina. For example, adding a spoonful of Graphite to clear wax then applying it to any of the whites creates a completely different effect than the dark wax. Try it and you will see!!
I wanted to add a touch of blue to the chair- just a subtle hint of colour so I added a spoonful of Old Violet to the clear wax and mixed it up then I applied it to the chair with an old brush.
You can see that the Old Violet gives a subtle tint to the Country Grey. It is a really nice look.
Once the chair was painted and waxed I then started on the upholstery. Today I managed to get most of the seat completed. Tomorrow I start on the back. I am also undecided how to finish the edges- with double piping or a decorative edging…..I am leaning towards the piping!
The completed chair will soon follow!