I got several projects done recently at the cabin. Most were successful, but there was one notable HUGE failure which I will share with you soon, but first I want to show you what I did with that free chair I rescued from the curb a few months ago and I wrote about in this post.
As it was, it was actually ok. Maybe a little dirty and sad looking, but not terrible.
I decided to paint it just to break up the wood on the porch a bit. I was going for a medium green color and when looking through my paint stash I found an almost full can of green stain that I had purchased about 6 months ago thinking I would stain some doors (I didn’t) so I figured I would give that a try.
I tested the color on a scrap piece of wood and liked what I saw, so after sanding the chair I applied the stain but realized almost immediately it was NOT the color I wanted. You can see from the picture below it was much, much darker on the chair than on the scrap piece of wood.
Have you ever started something and as soon as you do you’re thinking…
Even though I sanded the chair, it still was not ‘raw wood’ like the piece I used to experiment with so the results were quite different. Lesson learned.
Well, unlike the huge disaster I encountered with the above mentioned project, there was hope yet for my sweet little chair. I mixed up a few shades of green craft paint and after one quick coat I ended up with something pretty close to what I was looking for.
I smoothed out the paint with another quick coat where it was needed and did some distressing and voila!
I also gave the seat a very quick coat of wood stain and it brightened it up a bit.
Do you notice anything different about this picture and the one from the workshop? Looks like a slightly different color doesn’t it?
Believe it or not, it’s the sunlight that’s causing that, and I actually like the way it looks in the workshop a bit better, but for now it’s more than ok just the way it is. I may pick up a small jar of an ‘olivey’ type green and give it a quick wash which should take maybe 10 minutes to do and will make all the difference.
I’m so glad I took the time to put this chair in my trunk when I found it on the grass at the parking lot of U-Haul. I know it’s silly, but I felt a little weird at the time doing that…almost like a bag lady going through the garbage looking for empty soda cans, but now she has a home instead of just ending up in a landfill and that makes me happy.