FINDING THE RIGHT CHAIR
My mother appeared with a chair a few months back that she had rescued from going onto a bonfire. It was in a pretty bad way, with ruptured springs, very dark wood which is not really my cup of tea at the moment, and a needlepoint that had definitely seen better days. She told me I should try and do something with it, so I chucked it into a corner and sort of ignored it!
However, I have been itching to try the chalk paint on fabric method, so decided that this should be the guinea pig of a chair, and if it did not work it could always head back to a bonfire. On the plus side is that it is a pretty shape, and the carvings are actually very good, so it was worth a try. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, so started out by painting the wood of the chair and sorting out the saggy seat. I removed the very crusty edging braid and refixed all of the underside webbing elements with my trusty staple gun.
The painting started out in a buff chalk paint, it looked OK with the needlepoint, and if I had waxed it and added dark wax into the crevices it would have been very typically shabby chic. But I felt I should push it (and myself) more. So I left it alone for a while and had a think.