My good friend Barb, found this antique chair at a sale for $5! I love the leather seat! One of the rungs was broken on one side but otherwise, this chair was in pretty good condition. I decided to just glue the rung back in place rather than trying to repair it with a screw or dowel pin which could split the chair leg. Since it is an antique I’m guessing it probably won’t get a lot of heavy use anyway.
Since I was whitewashing an antique desk at the time it was easy to just do this project at the same time. I thought the whitewash would really bring out the details on the leather seat and give a nice farmhouse update to the chair. The whitewash is just a 50/50 mix of chalk paint and water, applied and then wiped back to leave a wash of color. I applied two coats, wiping back after each coat.
After whitewashing, I used black wax on the seat to seal the paint and add some depth to the design. I used clear wax on the rest of the chair and buffed it all for a nice sheen.
It was an easy, inexpensive update. I love using antique chairs as accent decor in my own home. They look so cute on their own or with a soft throw hung over the back.
- Rustoleum Chalked Linen White
- Rustoleum Chalked Classic Taupe
- Kilz black wax
- Kilz clear wax
I’d love to hear what you think of Sophie! Here is a peek at an upcoming project: