Pinterest Challenge…Fail or Fantastic?

I’ve professed my love for Pinterest before.  I’ve been a member from nearly the beginning and from that first pin, I loved the concept. An electronic pin board!! How wonderful is that?  No clutter, no need to constantly organize and file away inspiration when your design board looks cluttered. It’s all there at your fingertips! And now the whole internet world is a buzz with Pinterest.

So much so, that Young House Love sponsors Pinterest Challenges seasonally.  I decided to join the Winter challenge to encourage myself to get out of my little cold weather blues.

I always have more than one project rolling around in my head, but recently I’ve lacked the motivation to get them done.  It’s winter.  It’s cold and it’s a lot easier to just snuggle up on the sofa and be warm.  Those recent snow storms didn’t help fuel that motivation either. So this challenge was just the thing I needed.

Here’s the Pin for my challenge.  The inspiration, if you will, to get me back on track.

My Pinterest comment says, “That chair!”

Here’s the back story. This summer I recovered another one of my Copley Hotel chairs.  It had an amazing transformation. Here it is after a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Aubusson Blue to cover the hideous shade of dark green glossy paint.

Then, I dry brushed Old White on top of the blue, hit it with a little bit of sandpaper and waxed it with both clear and tiny bit of dark wax to age it a bit.  It looked pretty good.

But when I got to the upholstery part, I was stumped. I couldn’t find a fabric I loved and I ended up using a fabric a friend of mine gave me.  It was safe. It was free. It was neutral and how could I go wrong with that? I could check another chair off my list.  I still have one more chair left to do. 🙂

Well, nearly the minute I brought the chair inside and stepped back, I realized it was boring.  It was dull and I regretted settling and taking the safe choice. Patience is definitely the virtue I missed here.
I didn’t even bother to blog about it. It was that boring.

Now that I’ve given you the history, you know when I saw and pinned that smashing chair above I decided that what just might be what could bring this chair to life. I didn’t have much to loose, except my time in recovering the chair, if it was a total fail.

But being the DIY girl I am, I wasn’t too worried. I’ve used paint and stenciled on fabric several times. I had great success on my drop cloth curtains.

Yes, the paint is a little stiff, but no one goes around feeling your curtains.  I’ve also stenciled on some linen for a pillow I made. It’s stiff and not soft at all.  It looks fine, but it’s been relegated to an obscure corner of my bedroom.

For this chair, I had a new idea to try out. I mixed some left over latex flat paint with textile medium and glaze.  I knew from experience the textile medium I had would be stiff, but I remembered reading somewhere that adding a glaze to paint will make it soft on fabric.

So, I taped that baby up and stippled on some paint.  I used a flat stipple brush because the “grain” of the fabric moved around too much with a regular brush. I kind of dragged the brush with the grain.  I also hoped that I would be using less paint and that would help it stay soft.

Well, this particular glaze did not help. The end product is still pretty stiff. A big Fail. 

I used CreamCoat glaze in a ratio of about a cup of paint to 1 tablespoon glaze and 1 tablespoon textile medium. I will test this theory again with a stronger ratio and let you know if that works.

But the look is exactly what I was hoping for, so that is Fantastic!

Thankfully, this chair is kind of just eye candy in the room.  No one really sits in this chair. The tv armoire is to the left in the photo below and as you can see the chair is under two mirrors and what will be a large painted canvas. One day. Check out my painting inspiration board for ideas I’m tossing around.

I’m still on the hunt for a proper console type table to go next to it. And the pillow to go on the chair will be here soon.  I’ve ordered the one on the right. 🙂

I think the stripes and that awesome mod pillow will make a terrific pair.  Once the pillow arrives, I’ll update the post with the final after! Can’t wait!

Thanks for checking out my Pinterest Challenge! I’d love to have you keep up with my adventures by becoming a follower. 😉

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Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ {Primp}
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
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Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Creative Inspirations @ Embracing Change 

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Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
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Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

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  • Dana
    March 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm


  • Debbie @ MeandMyDIY
    March 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Leslie, I LOVE the way your chair turned out! It looks fantastic. I experienced the same thing when I tried to paint a chair for L&#39;s room, it was a little too stiff. I ended up reupholstering it instead. I like the pillow you picked out to go with the chair. You have such great taste. Hope you&#39;re having a good week.<br /><br />Debbie

  • Angela
    March 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Stopping by from the walkabout linkup and am your newest follower. I would love for you to stop by my blog and follow along.<br />xo,<br />Angela<br />

  • Linda@Coastal Charm
    March 7, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Love the idea you had…it looks outstanding!!!<br /><br />Blessings,<br />Linda

  • ✯StaceyAnne✯@Rendition Road
    March 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I love this chair! The colors…the stripes….the shape….all of it looks really wonderful. Beautiful work 🙂

  • Colleen
    March 8, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Looks great! I&#39;m so happy to hear how painting on fabric feels. And I agree…who cares if it&#39;s stiff cuz it looks so darn pretty! Kinda like a great pair of shoes 😉

  • g-loo
    March 9, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Hi Leslie, Loving the chair:) Was it difficult to reupholster? Any tips on how you removed the back? Thanks!

  • Leslie Davis
    March 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    G-loo, it really wasn&#39;t as scary as it seems to reupholster. It&#39;s basically a big sandwich with the back fabric as a last layer, stapled from the inside of the wood frame. I can&#39;t remember where the webbing was, but it might have been right before the back fabric. It is much easier than it seems. Just take photos as you go so you can see where things go back. You can do it!!

  • Teri Broberg
    April 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Oh, I LOVE the beautiful stripes! <br /><br />I have used CeCe Caldwell paint on two armchairs and even with the Satin Finish to seal it, I don&#39;t think it came out too stiff. And it saved me the agony of a big reupholstery job.


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