PAINTING A FABULOUS CARVED MYTHICAL WINGED LION CHAIR FOR SAUNDRA'S NEW HOMESaundra is one of the decorators I've worked with for years.
She just moved to her new home that she and her husband designed.
I haven't gotten to see it yet, but I know it is beautiful.
She made changes in her color scheme and is using a lot of grays.
That's why she brought this chair for me to paint. It is just fabulous!
The style might be Egyptian, I'm not sure. Possibly a mythical lion.
The new browny gray/silver fabric that she chose made the finish on the chair color look too yellow.
She chose from my samples and wanted the finish to be a very dark brown with the original color showing through. There is a color in the fabric that is a dark browny magenta/purple.
It was a bit harrowing knowing I would have to paint around this very expensive new fabric.
Harrowing definition: Extremely disturbing or distressing.
Yep, that was me. I kept putting off working on it, but knew Saundra was waiting.
I used an oil based gel stain. So, I covered it with a plastic drop cloth and put the tape on the fabric very close to the wood. I used a small artist brush to paint down in the crevices close to the fabric. As I was finished with each step, I carefully removed the tape because I didn't know if there might be a reaction between the tape and the fabric. Because the paint was still wet I had to be very, very careful when I was removing the tape and plastic.
See! This was not an easy job!!
Contrast between the old and the new finishes.
She was so right about the new finish color.
As I was wiping off the brown stain, I left a lot of it in the crevices.
Now you really notice the beautiful carved design.
See that darker color in the fabric? The new finish ties in so well with it.
I can hardly wait to see Saundra's new home.
She said the chair was beautiful in it's new spot.
(Now that this nerve-wracking experience is over :)
Thank you, Saundra.