There is always one combination that sparks my painting mojo and that is black and leather or black with natural timber.
There is something about this match that I find attractive. Its the glow of the leather or timber against the black that speaks to me. Don't get me wrong I love colour but there's just something about this colour combo. I have done a few different furniture projects using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter , this is the second set of leather top stools I have re-purposed.
When I start on a piece I always clean it with warm water and sugar soap. Once dry I then sand using a 100 grit sandpaper. I only spend 5-10 minutes doing this, all I need is to cut into the varnish to make key so the paint can adhere to the wood.
Then from there its a matter of mixing and applying the paint. When I was happy with the final coat of paint I decided to for these stools I would seal them with a technique called wet sanding. To do this I used Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil and sandpaper that is designed to use on a wet surface.
I'll cover how to do this in a future blog and keep watching our workshops for when we cover this technique in a paint class.
Then the final step was to revive the leather tops. For this I applied hemp oil with a small natural bristled brush, or you can use a soft lint free cloth. We call hemp oil liquid gold and when you use it for the first time you'll understand. It has to be one of the best multi purpose oils around. You can read more about hemp oil here at Miss Mustard Seed.
Once I was satisfied with the hemp oil finish I then applied beeswax and then buffed till it shined. The great thing about using both these products on leather is that they both feed and protect your leather!
After the finished piece!
Now for my next project what colour shall I use?