Slide 18: Turquoise Wood Chair


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Blair used brown wax to both tone down and warm up her chosen paint—a playful turquoise. “Wax is my finish of choice when I want to add natural age and depth to a piece without adding a lot of shine,” Blair says. She then transformed the solid drab seat into a Bavarian beauty. So as not to detract from the vivacious print, she painted the upholstery tacks to blend with the wood.

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