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Keep in mind that the top parts are covered by the seat, so they are a little more beat up and I also didn't bother trying to make them look pretty. The after pic looks a lot more red, but it must just be the lighting. The oil/vinegar duo did darken and brighten the wood up but these color change isn't as drastic in person.
To cover the backrest, I carefully examined the way it was originally done and tried my best to mimic that, but ultimately I couldn't get the backrest done perfectly enough for the OCD person in me, so I got some help with this part. Looks like the issue was the fabric I chose made it hard to tuck without any puckering. We went with two pieces, piping, and nail-head trim on the edges.
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If you don't already know, I'm obsessed with painting things gold, so it should come as no surprise that I thought these chairs could use a little bit of gold accents. After scouring some pictures, I noticed that a lot of mid-century chairs had little gold caps on the legs. This gave me the inspiration to dip the tips of the chair legs gold. I tested it out by painting some painters tape gold, and then putting it on the chairs to see if I liked the look. Of course I did. So then I measured the perfect height (2 in) and taped off each leg with painters tape. I used a foam brush and liquid gold leaf to paint the feet.
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Aside from the backrest, this project is definitely fit for beginners. Part of me wishes I had done something more exciting, but ultimately I decided that drastically changing such a classic piece was something I may regret. Who knows, maybe one day I will go wild with some bright paint and patterned fabric!
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