Big news guys, dark gray is IN. It’s hot! It’s trendy! Go paint everything dark gray! Okay–if you say so.
But seriously, I have noticed a big increase of the amount of dark gray I’m seeing in the new houses being built around me, and having such a light color schemed house I am inclined to add a bunch of dark gray accents. I haven’t shared them with you yet but here’s the first of many…a dark gray painted chair!
It used to look like this:
And I actually refinished this only a couple of years ago. But I used them in the dining room and they got demolished by my kids. Plus I had painted them when I was still pretty new to painting and I didn’t do a great job. So it was time to repaint.
I took off the cushion and started painting, using Chalky Finish in their dark gray color, Relic. This color is beautiful…mostly dark gray with very slight blue undertones. Gray is a hard color to not have undertones at all. I painted it pretty quickly and let it dry. Then I added another coat the next day.
After it dried, I gave it a quick sanding, wiped it down with a cloth and then painted DecoArt clear soft touch varnish on top. I like this because it’s a hard polyurethane finish but with a soft touch. It’s soooo smooth. Like buttah.
After the chair was done, I did a quick reupholstering job on the seat cushion. I used a drop cloth and some extra batting I had and just wrapped it over the top of the existing fabric. I stapled it down and trimmed it. Pull it tight but not too tight.
Then I screwed it back on and voila! Looks so pretty!
Why do I use Chalky Finish paint as opposed to latex? Well latex is great for walls, doors and even some large furniture projects. But if you want a certain feel and finish, chalky finish is very flexible. You can distress it much more naturally, where latex tends to roll and get sticky and weird. If you distress latex, you have to wait 24 hours for it to cure more and then distressing works a bit better. Also if you wanted to add a glaze, chalky finish paint colors will deepen and get so rich and vibrant. And it goes onto anything without sanding.
Isn’t it purdy?
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