I started by repairing and sanding the old polychrome finish. Then I had some left over 'pistachio green' paint... and so that's what I used. Using a paint brush...
I was a little scared at this time in the redo...
Looking pretty??? I just wasn't sure ~ yet.
OK.. now for the real stuff... it was the first time I had experimented with stain over paint. I wasn't 'blog watching' at the time of this redo... so I didn't realize others were doing this too. LOL Here are the results of just brushing on a dark walnut stain .... and wiping it off with a soft cloth.
Not too bad... huh?
OK - now at this stage I was so impressed! I was hooked on stain over paint!
The upholstery was to be very special for this very special pair of chairs. I decided on an ivory hemp canvas for the front and cushion with a double welt... and a natural color hemp canvas with individual nail heads for the back and underneath. Although I do some upholstery projects... I use an elderly gentleman for the special pieces... and he is so very gracious to do what I ask... even if he looks at me like I had three heads and was from Mars. All aside... I think he did an excellent job.