When I saw these chairs in the thrift store, I loved the style, but not so much the color. I was thinking about sanding them down, for about five seconds, then I remembered a technique that my friend on Instagram did to her chairs! Kathy @r.house__ used paint and wax to get a wood looking finish! I didn’t know if it would work the same for my chairs since mine were painted this purple color to start, but I wanted to try, at least.
I asked Kathy what color she used, and she started hers off with “burnished clay” and then finished with a dark brown wax. I brushed on the “burnished clay“ flat paint with a paint brush and let it dry.
I didn’t have the same color of wax on hand that she had, so I use this dark vintage antiquing wax and hoped it would turn out the same! The more texture in the chair, the better, because then it makes it look like wood texture. I think that brushing on the paint helped a little with added texture. If the chair/paint was super smooth before adding the wax, it probably wouldn’t look as much like wood.
I wiped on two coats of wax with a lint free cloth, after the paint had dried. I barely believe my eyes!
I can’t even believe the wood looking finish that it gave to the chairs!! It looks just like old stained wood! I’m in LOVE!!
I have three more chairs to go. Do you think I can get them done before Hallie‘s graduation this weekend? That’s my goal!
I would love to hear in the comments below if you have heard of this technique and what you think!
This won’t be the last time that I use this technique! Thank you, Kathy!
Would this be something that you would try? I think my chairs went from “purply blue chairs that sat in the thrift store for weeks until there was a sale and I finally saved them from the trash” status… to “Restoration Hardware” status. Love!