I popped into an op shop I typically drive right past.
I was on the hunt for vintage sheets (check out our upcoming Rag Rug Workshop)
but I found this round cane chair instead for only $10!
Loving those lines, but not feeling the yellow 1980's varnish!
I've painted a fair amount of cane and wicker
and have picked up some tricks along the way.
In fact, I wrote a blog post on it not too long ago:
Top Five Tips for Painting Wicker.
Wanting to hide the yellow-orange, I started with
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Curio.
Curio is rich shade of walnut brown perfect for creating the look of timber.
It's also fantastic when used as a stain.
It can sometimes look a bit pale when first painted on, but don't worry.
It will darken and intensify as it dries and again once when it is sealed.
the varnish is intact with quite a bit of shine,
I mixed the MMS Milk Paint on a roughly 1-to-1 ratio
(one part water, one part paint)
before adding an equal amount of Bonding Agent.
Use it when wanting MMS Milk Paint to stick to
metal, glass and painted, varnished or lacquered surfaces.
It has no solvents or VOCs and is water clean up.
I really thought, I wanted the chair to be white,
not a crisp white, but the beautiful grey-blue-green neutral
that is Miss Mustard Seed's MORA from the European range of colours.
And really, if you ever want to create a gorgeous layered driftwood finish,
this colour combination was perfect!
A coastal-inspired beauty, right?
All it really needs is a touch-up here and there for
the ugly spots that showed themselves and then
a good topcoat to bring the finish to life.
But when painting for myself I like things
colourful, roughed up, layered,
distressed, representing a life...well...less perfect!
Once again I reached for my favourite colour--Red--
known in the Miss Mustard Seed world as Tricycle.
but when I started painting, I fell in love with
the rough washed look and all the layers peeking through.
Bonus? How much easier is this than painting
until I had a solid coat on this twisty-turny cane business?!!
By the way, have you noticed the less-than-fab paint brush in the photos?
I'm a big fan of quality paint brushes when using
milk, chalk, clay and mineral based paints.
They make a big difference in the finished product.
However, this does NOT apply when painting cane.
Use a natural bristle brush to hold the paint,
but a low-quality brush so you can shove it, drag it
and push it between the cane for better coverage.
See the blog post I mentioned earlier for more tips.
When in doubt...go RED!
I needed to knock back some of the brightness so
out came the Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax.
I used the Wax straight onto the paint to
dirty the colour and basically add another layer of "distressing."
It this case it deepend all three colours popping through
(Curio, Mora and Tricycle) and enriched them to
make them look a wee bit...well, older!
MMSMP clear Furniture Wax
for another layer of protection.
And then she'll hopefully enjoy her new surroundings
while waiting for more lovely guests to turn up and admire her!
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