Last summer, I visited a garage sale nearby, only without the garage. It was more of a driveway and yard sale. I brought home several pieces, one of which was this…this…this whatever-you-call-it.
What would you call it?
It’s very low – with the seat height of the Thumb Tack Coffee Table (15-18″ tall) there in the background above. It’s low for a stool, way too low for a vanity chair, would work as a foot stool or ottoman, but what an odd shape!
My plan was to replace the dirty upholstery.
I decided to use it as a test piece for painting upholstery. I’ve seen others paint furniture with paint mixed with fabric medium.
But, I also read that you can use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint without fabric medium. I used Lowe’s Valspar Super Flat Ultra paint and primer, which is a fair ASCP substitute. Lowe’s color-matched the Valspar to Annie Sloan’s Louis Blue.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the legs (in pure white), then roughed it up with sandpaper.
A little extra detail was added with a Hob Lob stencil using ASCP French Linen color.
French Linen is my favorite ASCP shade. Here’s a better view of it in my Medicine Cabinet Transformed post.
The Valspar paint turned out stiff, but I’ve heard that after waxing, it feels like leather.
I wouldn’t say it exactly feels like leather, but it’s certainly softer than before waxing. It’s still fairly stiff, but smooth rather than the rough texture of the paint coating.
Whatever this piece is called, it made for a good trial. It’s suitable as an accent piece. I added an easy pillow that was made by this Pocket Pillow Tutorial.
Now that the trial is complete, I need to decide whether to paint a full sofa and love seat or make slip covers (nail-biter!).
What do you think? Would you take the chance on painting a furniture piece so large?
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