The mother had purchased the VERSACE dining set from The Gallery in Hollywood. I purchased all 8 for $75/chair = total $600
My husband almost had a heart attack when I said I wanted to re-cover them – and paint them. Well, there was nothing wrong with them and they are VERSACE. You cant mess with that!! But . . though they were incredibly solid, they didn’t go with anything else in our home."
I found that you can paint material – with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The more I researched, the more I was completely impressed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This paint seemed amazing. I couldn’t believe I had never heard of it before. The claims didn’t seem realistic.
I saw a couple of examples of pieces that had painted material and decided to go for it. Again, my husband was frantic – didn’t think it would look good at all – thought I would completely ruin the chairs.
There is piping around the chairs that I easily removed (merely glued on, which I didn’t expect on such high end furniture) – and painted separately. Probably the hardest (and messiest) part of the job. The material needed three coats to get the nice coverage I was looking for. You can still see a bit of the pattern weave in the material. I let each coat dry really well – at least 24 hours.
The wood took two coats (no prep work!!).
Now hubby was getting on board and really liking the result. He then helped finish up - waxed everything.
When the chairs were complete (and looking fabulous), I painted my IKEA dining table (originally white) the same color.
We had this Ikea table a long time. It is really solid and has two inserts – capable of seating 10.
The original melamine finish took three coats – the first coat acted more like a primer (no prep work!!).
All in all – the project took about 3 weekends.
Everyone who has sat on them, I tell the story and they are shocked.
All in all – I think it turned out pretty great – especially considering it is my first Annie Sloan project.
I’m totally hooked. More projects are one my schedule for this spring!!
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