Reader Chair Advice

I love connecting with you and answering questions. So please, feel free to get in touch. The best way is to email me at cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com. Lovely, friendly, kind, inquisitive emails only please 🙂

A reader asked me about refinishing her chair in a Restoration Hardware painted look.

Here is the type of chair that she is wanting to refinish.

Here is video on my Blue Egg Brown Nest Channel. This one is called, “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Tutorial-The Weathered Wood Look”

You can do this technique with any color. If you want a dark, more brown pain, then use that.

Now, regarding the fabric. This chair will be a bit tricky. It looks like Dear Reader can unscrew the cushion and staple gun new fabric on the seat. You can do this! As for the back of the chair, it will take a skilled upholsterer, but should not be too pricey. I would recommend painting the chair BEFORE getting your piece upholstered.

Here a few of the chairs that I have painted and/or upholstered.

There are so many looks you can play with in regards to fabric.

Round Foyer Table

Hi Friends! Rainy day here in VA. Online school, husband working hard in the study and I’m on my second espresso with a few more to go!

I want to change up….everything now that I’ve been stuck in the house for 6 months. How about you? I have edited my house in the last few years as things have become more minimal. Minimal is not really my thing – I like an interesting piece in every corner – but, I do understand that it can make a house feel a bit more open and airy. We all need that right now.

I have had a beautiful work table (above) in my foyer that I bought from Miss Mustard Seed at her last Luckett’s showing at the market. I love an old table more than anything. I painted it white and it live happily in the foyer for years. But, I wanted a bit of a chance – a round table. I was going to buy one, but instead of paying a thousand bucks I thought I’d try my very first kitchen table turned craft table. Here she is:

There is so much sticky, icky gunk on this table, but it’s still a great piece. Brent’s nana bought it for us at Crate and Barrel when we were first married so lots of memories. I pulled out a can of Graphite. I still had an old can of Annie Sloan Graphite in the garage. It settled a bit and I had to work with it, but got it going.

You can see it’s a bit thin, but it was in my garage for about 2 years. That just means I needed several coats.

I know that lots of painters use Dark Wax to make the table…darker. I just never liked the look of it. It felt tacky and I didn’t like the overall look. So, I thought I’d try wood stain. This is Jacobean – again, I found it in the garage! The stain was definitely better than the wax, but not exactly what I wanted.

So, the story goes on. I didn’t think it was black enough once I got the table upstairs, so I bought a can of black furniture paint from Amazon – sorry Annie! I bought a true black from Shabby Chic in Licorice on Amazon. This gave me a true black and I did not need any wax.

What do you all think about the Shabby Chic Licorice? I have a little tutorial in my process, but it’s a little disjointed. I’ll release it soon.

PS – It’s October 26th and many states have early voting. You can take the whole darn family, like I did, to the polls and vote in person. OR You can still send in your Mail In Ballot OR you can vote on Election Day November 3rd. Easy! Just check out how and where to vote in your state. You can do so here: https://www.usa.gov/how-to-vote

xoxo

White-Washing Tutorial on a FLAT surface now on YouTube

Hey!

Some of you mentioned that you could not see the video I posted last week of my personal update. Others were able to see it. I post all these on YouTube so you can just go to my channel or plug in Blue Egg Brown Nest on YouTube to see!

My White-Washing Tutorial is now up and what makes it a big different than my Weathered Wood Tutorial is that I did this technique on a flat, wood surface and it does work if you play with the paint. Originally, I thought you could only do the white-washed look w/ a textured wood like oak so that the paint would seep into the crevices and sit on the higher parts. I wanted to try the look on a smooth surface as I’ve shown here.

PS, the video is not edited and I showed most of my process so it’s a bit long FYI.

Here are some stills of the same transformation…