Jan 9, 2013

Gotta know when NOT to paint 'em

Once in a while, I'll get grief over some of my painted pieces.  For those of you that paint furniture, you know what I am talking about.  "I can't believe that you painted over that beautiful wood!".  I've heard it a few times - the below was no exception.  

The before picture (bottom right) makes it look like it's in great condition - but, it really wasn't.  The finish was messed up all over.  It sat in the shop for almost a year with basically no interest - so, it was time for a facelift.  I used to refinish a lot of furniture, but putting my hands in all those chemicals is not something I like to do anymore. Paint is so much easier.  I had recently read about a paint that I was anxious to use...Modern Masters metallic paint - and it is wonderful!  This vanity was done in Warm Silver.

Painting is a passion of mine, but there are times when I surprise myself.  My latest big "score" is one of those times.  I purchased these wonderful bentwood chairs thinking they were going to get the "up-dos". 

Look at the seat!

When I did the research on the old paper labels, I found that they are authentic Thonet chairs (imported from Astra Bentwood Furniture Company, Czechoslovakia), and there was no way I could do that to them. Not to mention that I got 17 of these chairs!!!  The only issue with them, beside a few cracked seats, was paint splatter.  I spent all day cleaning them and they look marvelous!  Plus, they are very sturdy!  MAJOR score!


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