I found this awesome settee on craigslist and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I have to say it wasn’t much to look at when I saw it. I knew with some Annie Sloan chalk paint, she could beautiful once again.
I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Pure White to the entire settee. Once dried I sanded to distress and then applied my favorite wax mixture. I used 1 part Annie Sloan Dark Wax to 2 parts Mineral spirits. This “waters” down the wax and allows you to brush on the entire piece rather than rubbing the wax on. I find that it gives it a more realistic aged effect. Afterwards you simple take a lint free cloth and wipe the wax glaze off. This leaves the finish super smooth. You will still need to add a protective coat of wax.
Now to reupholster this piece….All I have to say is thank God my Dad was staying with me while he is in transition of moving to Florida. He sat and removed every single staple from the old upholstery. THANK YOU DAD! That was probably the hardest part of this makeover. Once he removed the old fabric we realized that none of the foam or wood could be reused. It was completely shot. My dad took the plywood to Lowe’s and they custom cut two new pieces for us. He then went to Hobby Lobby to pick up new foam. We quickly got to work replacing the entire seat. It is so much more comfortable and sturdy now. I added a decorative trim around the fabric to hide the nails and give it a little more pizazz. I just love the way it turned out. What a difference some paint and new fabric can make. My oldest daughter is trying to hijack this piece for her room. I need to sell it while she is at school:-) I think it would be great as a bench in a living room or entry way. It would be perfect in a mud room as well. Just adorable. Right now it is sitting at the end of my daughters bed and it does look like it belongs there. 🙂 If it doesn’t sell I know it was meant to be right where it sits now.