This afternoon, I am glazing a couple of dining chairs that go with a table I’m upstyling as well. It’s a great day for this, as it’s humid, and not to warm, extending the time I’ve got to rub my glaze application down to a weathered finish that’s not too heavy.
While working on the second chair, I was thinking back to this summer when I wrote Facelift Your Furniture. A new website and blog was in the works as well, and I looked forward to sharing tips on this blog to help readers like yourself with various aspects of projects.
While the eBook is packed full with the essential how-to’s for upstyling furniture, this blog allows me to share additonal ideas (that I’ll think about while working on pieces!) on how to make y0ur furniture look great. This afternoon, I’ve realized again how important it is to inspect pieces like these again and again to make sure I’ve got the right look.
On these chairs, I’ve used the the brush and rub technique decrbited at length in Facelift Your Furniture. As I’m rubbing the chairs down, I’ve noticed how I am circling around them again and again and again–as I look over every cane, arm, leg, and support, making sure their top-sides and under-sides and back-sides, AND front-sides are all glazed evenly!
This requires some patience, and a willingness to look over all those surfaces from each side and even with the chair leaned forward, backwards and on the side to make sure nothing’s been missed. Leaning in those directons actually often reveals places that had been hidden in shadows that need attention. It can seem like the job is never done, but when it is, the result will be a great, weathered look.
The eBook also mentions too how projects like these require dedicated time and space to focus on each step along the way. With each chair elevated on top an end table (covered in photo), I’ve got the area needed to keep circling round and round, till I have it right!