afflicted bored with brown-on-brown furniture? I am.
my brown dining room table and chairs (accompanied by brown sideboard) set for a SCAN Progressive Dinner
We all know the current fashion is to have unmatching table and chairs, but painting or refinishing my chairs (purchasing new ones isn’t an option) makes me queasy. Back in the day my mother jumped on the painted furniture bandwagon and covered this antique chifforobe (now in its third generation of use), a matching desk (from where I write this post) and a nightstand
in an ultra-high gloss royal blue for my brother’s room. Thankfully some years later she regretted that ghastly move and stripped them to their lustrous natural maple. Learning from her, I’m reluctant to paint anything beyond a yard sale find.
Reluctant that is until the day Alison and I wandered past a dining room table at the West End Antique Mall surrounded by new-ish natural Chippendale chairs. The entire effect shouted updated, not dated. I thought, I could have my dining room chairs stripped.
Easier said than done, sadly. When I took one chair to Tinker’s in RVA, the craftsman told me that my chair’s wood was probably birch and described how the process of creating the mahogany wood look begins with a stain, shown on the underside of my chair.
He believed my chairs are birch because that wood species takes stain so well, and while the rest of the layers of finishing can be removed, my chairs will never achieve a light-wood look thanks to this initial stain. How disappointing.
While pondering this matter, I’ve run across painted Chippendale chairs that strike my fancy, making me consider the painted route after all.
lSt painted her chairs in Farrow and Ball Pavilion Gray with a gloss finish
I’ve admired lSt’s painted Chippendale chairs because the chair color complements the wall color, her own painting and especially shows off the graceful lines of the piece. lSt initially tried painting her chairs with the Old English paint brand (oil-based) of Farrow and Ball with a gloss finish. The oil base paint clogged her sprayer.
After cleaning the sprayer, she completed the task with latex paint. Lamenting the prior effort, she said she won’t go the DIY route again but would take the chairs to an auto body shop. See what we learn from each other?
I spied another gorgeous dining room table with painted chairs Style Weekly not long ago. Although not Chippendale, their graceful lines convey a contemporary look when paired with the wood table.
Images from our Pinterest board confirm this is the tone I want.
Now, the next step: decide to DIY or find a professional painter. Stay tuned for an update later this year when I reveal the result. I’d love to know if you’ve used a paint sprayer for DIY or taken your pieces to a professional, like an auto body shop. Please do reply. The Gracious Posse needs to know!
March 16, 2017