First things first - sanding, sanding and more sanding. My orbital sander got a lot of the work done with 80 grit sandpaper.
With the stain off, I probably should have gone back over the chairs with 120 grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface before painting. However, at that point I was done with the idea of sanding. The surface felt a little rough but I convinced myself it added to the character.
- First coat of paint - A light coat of Sherwin William's #7030 Anew Gray. This is a nice taupey gray.
- Second coat of paint - Just a light dry brushing of Sherwin William's #7028 Incredible White. I like that this gave the finish some depth, without being too bright white.
- Final step of sanding - This step was key to the final effect. I sanded the edges and some other select areas to expose some of the warm wood color underneath. This tied in nicely with the seat that I reupholstered in a natural color linen fabric.
The other chair sits in the yellow bedroom...