I have been very busy behind the scenes recently and my big news is that I am opening a shop in Pinner where I will work, sell and run workshops from. Very exciting for me, but so much to do before I open on September 30th. There will be more on this later.
One of my big jobs is to build up some stock. I have had this lovely chair in my studio for a while now and this morning decided that its turn for reinvention had arrived.
The chair is a beautiful shape, but was painted in that shiny cherry red varnish which I dislike so much. I began by painting a coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Antoinette and I must admit that it looked so lovely, I nearly left it at that, but I decided to continue with my original plan. I used Graphite paint for the second coat and then using Pure, I painted the stencil design using my Lodi Stencil. I gave it a gentle sanding to reveal just a little hint of the Antoinette hiding beneath. Two layers of clear wax and a light buffing.
This chair looks so lovely in my house that it will be hard to put it in the shop, but honestly, I think my family can’t wait for me to move some of my furniture out of the house.