I know I promised no more updates until Louis is done but this is one long project and my weekend progress is definitely worth sharing. So let me start off by saying that this paint is the SH*T. Pardon my french but it's incredible. I honestly saved days of work by using it.
What started off looking like this:
Needed something like this:
To end up looking like this (once I completed an upholstery course):
I decided I wanted a whitewash look on the frame, something that looked a little more rustic which brought out the wood grain. Besides removing the staples, stripping this chair of it's terrible green paint was one of the most laborious parts. Louis has so much detail and tiny crevices that the stripping needed to be done very slowly and the whitewashing done in layers to achieve that weathered look. The process went something like this: strip, strip, sand, strip, sand, clean, whitewash, whitewash again, and again (all this X 4). Honestly, I was running out of patience. AND THEN...I discovered this paint:
And it changed my life. I tried it on a piece of the chair and I love how crisp and white it looked. And the best part, I didn't have to strip the chair beforehand! So we just went off and decided to give all 4 chairs a nice first coat of paint. Here's my boyfriend helping out, he's now an expert spray painter:
And here is what it looks like now with the first coat of Rustoleum Paint and Primer:
LOVING IT. I was afraid a bright white would take away the beautiful detail of the chair but I don't think it does. I think it actually gives it a more modern look. So happy with the progress on #ProjectLouis. What do you think of Louis and his new paint job?