You know when you visualize a project being absolutely amazing in your head, and then you start in on it and you realize "umm yeah... this sucks"? That's totally where I'm at with this settee. Which, right now, doesn't deserve to have a fancy name like "settee" so I'll call it stupid sofa thingy.
I decided to go the chalk paint route since I was worried sanding it down to show the natural wood color would ruin the caned portions. I made my own chalk paint (you can see how to make it here) with a super light gray paint and slapped in on.
Wasn't feeling it. Although looking back at the photos I now feel like it wasn't as bad as I thought. Anywho, I tried sanding some of the paint off to see what that would look like.
HATED it. I dry brushed on some dark gray I had laying around, and tossed on a white sheet and black scarf to see what my original thought process of adding a black stripe down the center would look like.
And promptly hung my head in shame because it was TOTALLY not as cool as I had imagined in my head. Grrrrr. Stupid sofa thingy!!!
Without the stripe.
Meh. And I want to give up.
a) Stick with it - everything will look better when you're not staring at a crumpled sheet and scarf
b) Keep it simple - leave the base the gray it is now and do simple white fabric
c) White Out - go back to that solid white base and do white fabric
d) Sulk - continue to hang my head in shame and revisit it after we've moved
I completely open to any suggestions you guys have. Lay 'em on me!