Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Painted Vintage Furniture: The Leaf Chair!

Good morning campers! Looks like the Sunset Coast is going to have a beautiful spring day.. I thought I'd share a project, a painted chair I did last fall. Ok, wrong season, but it's a good day to share a project and this is my blog so bear with me. ( I almost wrote 'bare' with me... not a good visual!)

I'm going to call this picture the before shot. There are so many of these nice vintage and antique oak chairs out there. I didn't have a before photo of my chair because I did this furniture makeover 'BB'--before blogging. I was just tired of the brown and did I mention? I'm in an orange phase.. just love it here and there throughout the house lately.



  I began by lightly sanding the  wood chair. It was something I picked up at a thrift store a long time ago; it was time for a change. I don't spend much time sanding--just enough to rough up the surface so the paint holds.

Next, I base painted the whole chair. I had some red latex paint and my standby 'burnt orange'. You can see the Ralph Lauren orange color here on my painted patio chair. First I painted on the red paint, then while it was still wet, I painted on the orange paint so they mixed together , but not totally blended. The paint has a variegated look, great on furniture.. walls, not so much. Brush the paint in one direction to get this look.

Inspiration Leaves from Liquid Amber Tree
For the leaves, I went outside and collected leaves from my 'liquid amber' sweetgum tree. ( I told you it was autumn when I did this!) I collected a variety of leaves. Some more red, some yellow, some with green and brown. They also varied in size for the next step.

After the orangish-reddish base coat was dry, I placed the leaves on the chair in some kind of pleasing composition. Here's the little secret about 'drawing' the leaves. Ready? I traced the leaves onto the chair with chalk! If I didn't like it, I rubbed off the chalk and did it over.

Then I loaded up my painting palette, ( 'palette'= sheet of aluminum foil) with lots of colors that were in the  fall leaves.. greens, reds, oranges, golds, yellows, purple, and white. I used those 2oz acrylic craft paints.

I just started painting, looking at individual leaves and mimicking their designs and colors. They didn't have to match perfectly, because nature is all different too. Every leaf was individual and unique.











I used the same colors to paint the chair back and bring out the details and added more leaves. Lastly, I waxed the whole thing with my Fiddes and Sons Supreme Wax Polish and buffed it to a nice sheen.

TA DAAAAAA!!.. My painted fall leaf chair was done!

Thanks for stopping by the Sunset Coast. What inspires you to paint or create? I'd love to hear about your projects!
      Have a Vibrant Day!

           Cindy













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62 comments:

  1. Good Evening Cindy, My daughter will love this chair.... it looks fabulously different.
    I love how you created the leaves by using the outline of dried leaves, an idea I will have to remember for the future.
    Thank you for the tips on how you changed this chair.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. Hi,I actually used the leaves that had just fallen on the ground or still on the tree. So glad you came by and I hope you share this with your daughter too! Cindy

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  2. I love this makeover! I'm hosting a new linky party at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/efforts-and-assets-linky-party-1.html

    I would love to have you!
    Angela

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    1. Glad you like it! I'll be sharing at your linky party!

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  3. Great make-over! Love the leaves, color and texture. I also like to redo old chairs, sometimes while I'm in the middle of doing them I wonder why I even started since there are normally so many spindles and curves that have to be sanded first, but in the end I'm always happy with the results.
    You did a fabulous job!

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    1. Thanks Jana! I think painting all the parts of the chair takes longer than just painting one of those big dressers, so popular lately. I'll have to check out what you've painted too!

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    1. Thanks Bethany! Good having you here, too.

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  5. How fun and creative is this. I love it. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  6. I could see this chair in an adorable autumn vignette, and hey! It feels like autumn here rather than spring! ;P
    I must say that I love the red color of the chair....the leaves look great on it! Such a cute project! I'm happy you shared it with us, and I'm also happy you linked-up to My Happy List!

    xo,
    RJ

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    1. Thanks for the nice compliments! It is rather fallish, but I felt like sharing! Thanks for having the Happy List, too. Cindy

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  7. What a beautiful make-over! The colors compliment one another. It looks great!

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  8. Great transformation with the colorful leaves.

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  9. Now that is one Happy chair. Great Job!
    I love the Sweetgum tree, those leaves are lovely. Our's here in the south don't have such colorful leaves.
    Thanks for Inspiring
    Kathy

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  10. You are so artistic! The chair turned out so cute. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  11. I am impressed with your painting skills! Very unique and beautiful chair. Love it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Patty, I'm so glad you dropped in. I'm having fun sharing lots of projects! Cindy​

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  12. This chair is so charming! Thanks for sharing with Diann and I at TTF! Your painting skills are amazing.

    Linda

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  13. Pretty! I love the leaves you painted. Thanks so much for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!

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  14. Very cool. You've given this chair a whole new life! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays.

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  15. Love the makeover! It's got personality now. I’m so glad you chose to share your makeover project at the Rock ‘N Share! Have a great weekend! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

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  16. What a cute chair! I love the idea of the leaves and you did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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  17. What a lovely chair. Using leaves as your inspiration was a wonderful idea.
    I am your newest GFC.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Bev
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

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    1. Thanks Bev! Great to have you as a new follower! I follow you too. Have a good day, Cindy

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  18. Love your chair! Such a sweet way to personalize, love your colors...bright and cheerful! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday! Hope you'll hop over to join in this weeks party...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  19. What a blast! Besides having a great grasp of perspective, what a great…grasp of perspective…such artists have to pour so much heart into something so ephemeral.

    Cheers!

    Modern Furniture Online

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  20. Gorgeously done! I love the color of the chair and the leaves painted on the chair - looks beautiful in the garden. I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  21. This performing job well related to furniture industry,these info will helpful for my hotel furniture..keep it up..

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  22. So pretty. Love the colors! Thank you for linking up with my Vintage View Sunday Party!

    Laura from www.sundayview.blogspot.com

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  23. Greetings from the Sunrise Coast! Love your project - makes me smile just looking at it! Glad I found your great post at Sunday View

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