This step by step is quite easy as long as patience is employed.
With most upholstered chairs the wood parts that you want painted don't have a lot
 of surface so taking a little extra time to perfect it will bring an amazing finish.
Supplies I used to achieve this silver finish:
stripped and cleaned wood framed chair
a latex primer that I could spray
paper towel or rag
1 can of silver spray paint I used Krylon but also like Rustoleum)
finishing sandpaper 220 or higher
and remember the most important thing is patience
The first step was to prime the chair frame, I sprayed it with white primer.
Once the primer is cured (check your manufacture's info)
use a finishing sandpaper 220 or higher to smooth the surface of any bumps or runs.
To get a stong finish wipe the surface of your primer with acetone right before you spray the silver.
**Be sure to do these steps outdoors.**
This softens the surface and makes sure the spray bonds extremely well.
Let the silver dry for several days before working on any upholstery.

LOOKING FOR SHABBY CHIC HARDWARE for your furniture projects?
Stop in to see what's new and available at firstfinds.
There are 1000's of pieces of different upcycled knobs and handles to choose from
It is all recycled vintage pieces painted in the same shabby chic white color so you can
MIX & MATCH to your hearts content.


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The winner of the Annie Sloan Level One Paint Workshop at THE PASSIONATE HOME IS
Michele Kelley

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photo courtesy of Glam It Up Photography

The Chairs for Charity auction was a great success with my chair going to
Jen from Brick & Mortar.
The live auction chairs made approx. $1400 for the Langley Christmas Bureau,
I don't know the numbers for the rest of the chairs that were up for silent auction.
Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, and came out for the evening.
But it's time to get to the nitty gritty ...
The ins and out ..... all my little secrets how you can create your own jack chair
First of all let me say I have no formal training in upholstery,
I have always been too impatient to wait for someone to help me when I want to get a job accomplished.
I also like knowing how things work, thus why I use to take things apart as a child, like music boxes and flashlights.
I would tinker away for hours figuring out how each little part effected the next.
It's the exact same thing today, if I don't understand how something goes together
I take something similar apart and learn how to recreate it.
I was fortunate enough purchase this chair already stripped,
I've said it many times in the past "the worst part of reupholstering is removing the old stuff"

I started by stapling painters drop cloth over the springs and seat frame.

Next I hauled my roll of inch thick foam in to start cutting.
I ended up using 2 layers of foam for the seat.
Get your butt in the chair and test how it feels, as goldilocks would say
"that's just right"
One tip I have to offer here is to turn the square edge of the foam down while stapling.
this helps eliminate the corners being seen after the fabric goes on.

 After the foam is secured into place sheets of batten were wrapped over the foam,
this again softens the edges and disguises the staple indents.
I did not staple the batten as it stays in place on its own.

You can use scissors to cut your batten but tearing it helps thin the edges better. 

Now it was just a matter of cutting and stapling my material over the seat and backrest,
cutting to fit where necessary.
I'm not an expert at fitting around the arms but I do my best.

The piece for the very back of the chair was cut 1 inch larger and in the shape of the back
then carefully secured into place with my trusty hammer and nail head trim.


I talk about the paint finish used on the frame here:
and the Union Jack upholstery was done the same as these chairs:
photo courtesy of Glam It Up Photography

PLease let me know if you try making your own UNION JACK CHAIRS!

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TODAY'S THE BIG DAY - chair auction

photos courtesy of Glam It Up Photography
Today is Auction Day and your third and final chance to enter the Annie Sloan Workshop Giveway
Let's start this holiday season off with a big bang!
All of the fabulous donated chairs are displayed throughout The Passionate Home
with silent auction bid sheets. You can visit the store during the day and write in your bid
or visit the festivities this evening and stalk the chair you really want like I
might have done last year.
Starbucks will be on site serving beverages and I hope to see the same handsome young waiter
walking the floor with yummy treats as last year.
4 chairs will go up for live auction at 7pm
I do not know which ones have been chosen for the live auction.
Remember those who want a third entry into my Annie Sloan Workshop Giveway
must find me or George between 6:30 and 8:30pm and ask for another entry.
This magnificent BC Lions Chair with all the team's signatures
was done by our very own
Passionate Home Lady and ASCP teacher
Miss Elinor
the other day I gave Debbie of Vintage Encore credit for this one
Debbie is doing another sports team chair,
for the Canucks which I have not seen yet.

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FRENCH BLU - blue chest of drawers

I feel like I'm caught up but I can never trust what the next day might bring.
Maybe tomorrow I'll break my ankle or get a book deal.
I'll hoping for the latter, but be content with my tools and the next project.
With this revamp I enjoyed playing with paint color.
I've calling it FRENCH BLU,
 it is a mix of ASCP colors, another kitchen counter creation.
It is very close to Duck Egg but not as strong,

This is the BEFORE, quite a difference huh?
It had been painted in a chocolate brown latex and I tried to use the brown
to achieve a funky modern design,
but there were missing bits to the drawer corners which don't look right with
a clean modern design so I changed plans and went with a well used vintage feel.
I adding the legs and these wonderful swirling appliques.
They change the whole feel and shape of the dresser.
All the distressing made the piece come alive and I achieved the right look.
The drawers also got a silver and blue liner.
Wallpaper available at Homedepot.

 The escutcheons (fancy keyhole plates) are just for looks,
and George has these handles in his Etsy shop.
And before I leave you ....
My Etsy shop FIRSTFINDS is always being updated with new items
Stop in to see what you can find for your next project.


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