Decoupage has always been firmly filed under "not for me" in my mental list of crafts (along with scrapbooking) but I've put my reservations aside and embraced Mod Podge to fix up this little chair.
When Ali was a wee thing I picked up it up from the side of the road. It's a little old Department of Ed preschool size chair and it was pretty battered but very cute. The legs and supports are all solid wood and were in good nick, but the ply for the seat and back support was cracked and coming away in places.
When we moved in to this house (and I finally had a yard space to indulge in such projects) I sanded it back, fixed the flaking bits with plastibond and painted the seat and back BUT I was never 100% happy with the finish - the paint coat wasn't entirely smooth and I could see the lumps and bumps from the resin (picture here).
Enter the Mod Podge. Over the years I've picked up lots of pretty wrapping paper, including some Cavallini & Co vintage maps. I think I got these in San Francisco and Paris, but they now sell the same paper at our local chemist (sigh). Luckily I had three sheets the same, because it took me a few goes to work out just how much glue I needed and how to smooth out the wrinkles without shredding the damp gluey paper. There are lots of tutorials on decoupaging furniture online, this one was helpful. The patterned paper helps to conceal the lumps and bumps, and I have a thing for maps, so it makes me happy.
Before sticking the paper on I painted the back of the chair and the edges of the seat and back support with Annie Sloane Chalk paint in Paloma. It's lovely stuff - it has a beautiful matte finish and comes in a great range of colours. I picked up a sample pot from French Folie, which is a great spot for a browse, with lots of beautiful old linens and furniture as well as paint (and if you're in the neighbourhood Brickfields, opposite, is one of my favourite places for a coffee and does some of the best sourdough in Sydney). These tips on how to apply the chalk paint were very helpful.
I'm really happy with how this has turned out, and now am looking around for more pretty paper to cover another little chair with a dodgy paint finish - it's similar to this one, just a bit bigger. I think this TMOD paper doll paper would look pretty good.