My mother-in-law is in the process of cleaning out her New York home to move full time to Florida. She offered me a Hitchcock chair to do with as I pleased. I had never heard of one, but based on her verbal description of it, I was sure that I could do something with it. It's called a Hitchcock chair because it is manufactured by the Hitchcock chair company. Here's the before and after:
I loved the lines of the chair, and I knew that a little paint and some topography, I could make this chair into something special for my home.
I started by lightly sanding the entire chair. My plan was to use Annie Sloan chalk paint so sanding wasn't really necessary, but I find it helps get off some of the dirt and dust that accumulates over the years as well as roughing up the surface.
I taped off the seat and got out my chalk paint in Old White and went to work.
After one coat I realized that this was going to be tedious, and so I switched over to spray paint in Heirloom White (which is almost identical in color to Old White). Once I switched over to spray paint, I covered the entire seat so as not to get any paint on it.
Once the paint was dry, I started to lightly distress the edges. Since the chair was originally black, it made it very easy to distress since the black shows through.
Then I went to The Graphics Fairy and picked out this beautiful graphic for a French floral shop.
I used charcoal on the back of the graphic to do the transfer.
Then using a pencil I traced over the design transferring it onto the chair.
Then I used a Sharpie and traced over the letters.
I applied clear wax and then a dark wax to the whole piece.
In person the chair has so much depth created by using both the clear and dark waxes.
So what do you think of my chair makeover?
Can't wait to hear what you think.