Sophie – The Antique Leather Seat Chair

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.

Products used:

  • 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:


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