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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Making of a "Butt Print" :)

I have been working on my house here and there, when it is too dark outside to be in the greenhouse.  I am desperately waiting for spring to come, but while she takes her sweet time showing up, I will continue to work on my home.  Today I am going to share one of the junkin’ projects I have been working on.

 I had purchased a couple of wooden chairs to use around the dining room table that I recently made out of an old wooden door.

This one was painted white…and did not look quite right with my dining room d├ęcor….so I thought maybe I would try to do a little Tootsie Touch up on it. 

I had tried to paint it with some latex paint, and HATED it.  I think I would have rather had it plain white than have it looking the way it did.   I didn’t take any photos of the first attempt, as I was too busy freaking out at the horrible job that I had done!  (yep…I screwed it right up. )   This would have been a great post to use as an example of how easy it is to change it after you paint and it doesn’t turn out quite the way you saw it in your imagination…except that in my panic, I forgot to snap some photos!   You guys are creative…you can use your imaginations.


I primed it out….I just LOVE primer…it is like a super strength eraser.  It will make all the bad and ugly things, just go away!


This is what I want my chair to look like when I finish working on it.   I love the worn and aged look of this one.  I bought it a while ago, and it looks good with my table.   I decided that am going to try my hand at replicating this look!

Shall we get started????


After the primer dried, I took some stain and got busy applying it to the chair.  I am not applying much stain to the areas that would be naturally worn.   That part will come later on.   I made a “butt print” and tried to make places on the chair that would have been naturally worn over time.


Once the first layer of stain was completely dry…I applied a final coat of stain…using a little darker color.  I went over the entire chair with the darker stain and made sure none of the primer was left to show.   I then waited for the piece to dry.

If you look closely you can see the next piece of the dining room furniture that I am going to tackle in the back ground!


Here is the inspiration chair…


Here is my version…


I think I might have almost gotten the look!  I know my “butt print” is a little less than perfect, but I think it turned out quite nicely over all.


Here are both my wooden chairs together.   I had a hard time taking photos of them…they always ended up with a few shadows or shine from the sun or lamps.   I think that they look good together…MUCH better than before! 

What do you think?   Can you pick out mine?  :)

Have you ever tried to replicate a time worn look?  How did it turn out?

I can’t wait to show you the chairs in place at the dining room table…but will wait until after the last piece that I am working on is finished…and you can see the entire project all finished up!

Until Next Time... Happy Decorating/ Creating/ Painting!

*)*)*) There are three types of people in this world.  Those who make things happen, Those who watch things happen, and Those who wonder what the hell happened.  Which one do you strive to be?

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sabri said...

Great Match...I Would Love To Get Some Junkin And Creativity...Going On Here..But not feeling much energy anymore..saving what i do have for the garden days ahead...I will just enjoy your work..and talent till then..xo ~sabri~

Joani said...

Looks so beautiful. My kind of chair. Hard seat! Thanks for sharing.

deb said...

I think you did an awesome job!! I have a few simular to yours from my Grandmother and Great Aunt. I use them around my kitchen table, I should say used them. "he" broke all but one. Fixing them is on my long "to do" list. Need a lot of glue and nails, I'll get to them some day. I neeed some of your ambition! LOL

Unknown said...

Wow I can't tell they both look great . I love the look . I have a maple dresser & chest of drawers that needs work . If I was younger & had your get up & go I'd work on them . Your doing real good . Keep the pictures coming .

Art and Sand said...

The chairs look great- I can't figure out which is which, which is good.

I was reading your "3 types of people". I fall into more than one category. I make things happen, but I still wonderf afterwards, "what just happened?"

La Petite Gallery said...

Keep it up and you can hang out a sign. Super-Refinisher

Come on Spring, we might get more
white stuff. yvonne in Maine

onlymehere said...

Oh Tootsie, you do make me smile! Who else would have thought to do that "print" on the bottom of the chair? You did an excellent job replicating it and I look forward to the post of the whole set when you're done. Spring is slow to come here too but I know it's on its way soon and those gorgeous flowers of your's will be out in full force. Can't wait!!

HolleyGarden said...

Love it! And I love the "butt print" idea! I'd say that was a perfect job!

Country Gal said...

Lovely work ! They match beautifully ! Cute idea , butt print lol! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

Yvonne said...

I'm very impressed. You certainly have a ton of patience, and the chairs look wonderful.

Lona said...

I think they turned out beautifully Glenda after that Tootsie touch. :)