Remember the curbside chair problem I posted about?
Well, I finally got around to doing something with one of my finds.
Here's the before:
The next step... er... steps, were as follows.
Step 2: Protect the remaining fabric. Saran and tape worked for me.
Step 3: Prime. Necessary since there was a glossy coating on the old chair and I did NOT want to go through the trouble of stripping it, I cheated. Just use a very high adhesive primer. Then stand tall behind your lazy shortcut.
Step 5: Clean the upholstery thoroughly and reattach the cushion.
Step 6: Hand paint the upholstery pattern. That's right. HAND PAINT THE PATTERN.
I'm 'effing mental. I know.
But don't stop reading.
If I had known, when I started this project at around two in the afternoon, that I would still be working on it at 10 p.m., I would have thought twice. On a project like this, you go through periods of wanting to scrap the whole thing. At some point along the way, you think, "This looks hideous. This is never going to work. I might as well just stop now. I suck. I SUCK SO MUCH!!!"
You need to power through these moments. You need to see the piece finished to really evaluate its worth. Resist the urge to kick the wall, the dog and/or your spouse. Take a deep breath and just carry on. The results will be worth it. Maybe.
It's interesting. When making this chair, things didn't go as planned, but the mistakes were valuable. While painting the back, I dropped my palate on the seat, smearing black paint EVERYWHERE. I almost cried. I had to remove the seat and wash it (vigorously) before the smear dried. I thought I was sunk. Luckily the paint eventually came out and, once the seat dried a little, I was able to continue. And it turned out, damp upholstery takes paint better than upholstery that is dry. I was better able to make the lines straight when the cushion was wet. Who knew?
I had initially wanted a uniform pattern of diamonds as shown in step six. Instead, I had to compensate for my mistake by creating an X pattern. It was more work, and I was grumpy about it for a good two hours, but actually... it looks BETTER than what I had planned in the first place.
How do you like that? Serendipity.
So. Things work out in the end. With a little persistence, things work out. At least, this time.