The Orlando Chair

By Diane Llewellyn Grover from The Paint Factory, Brush Tamer at The Paint Factory in Hillsboro, OR.

I bought this antique armchair because I loved the bones of it.  The original gold finish was still in great condition, although it had been upholstered.  For some reason, the fabric had been stapled over the frame by about 1 inch, hiding some of the wood detailing.  I completely striped it down to the bones, and started afresh.


My vision for the chair came when I purchased an oil painting at auction.  The painting depicts two people embracing each other. because there is no reference to gender, race, or religion I call this The Orlando Chair.  It's a chair that shows love.  And love will always prevail.

The outside back shows the oil painting, while the front is covered with a soft taupe velvet, velvet ribbon and nailhead trim.

The original gold finish is left exposed in various areas of the frame.  It has been painted with a cream paint, and General Finishes glazes have been used to add depth and texture.

Products Used

  • GF Clear Glaze Effects
  • GF Burnt Umber Glaze Effects
  • GF Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects
  • GF Flat Out Flat Topcoat
  • Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel
  • Gold Leaf

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