For The Love Of Zinc and Dining Room Chairs

I LOVE zinc....yes, really LOVE zinc.  The color variations, the almost "dusty" feel and the industrial nature.  Simply LOVE it!

Zinc tabletops, old minnow buckets, name it...I LOVE it!

So I got to thinking the other day as I was trying to put some priority to my prop projects and there were two standard dining room chairs that I have had on the top shelf for quite some time.  I didn't want to do the standard "cover and staple" seat recover technique and did a little research on our home improvement's website.  This is one of the large Big Box home improvement stores so I am sure any of them would carry the delightful product I found....

Rustoleum Cold Galvanizing Compound!!

It comes in a spray and the label said it was 98% zinc so I thought..."Let's Paint The Wood Dining Room Chairs in ZINC!  

Now I have seen some beautiful faux zinc finishes online and when I have tried them, they look more like a bad sponge painting technique and nothing like zinc.

So, here was my plan: 

1.  Spray the chairs with the Rustoleum Cold Galvanzing Compound
2.  Add a metallic "gunmetal wash"
3.  Hope for the best...

And this is the result!

I am really thrilled with the finish and found two old grain sacks that I intend to not only upholster the seats but the backs as well.  The chair backs have a formal wood detail that just doesn't go with the zinc/utilitarian feel.

I am intending to have these completed before the holidays so that I can use them as props for a January "Nordic-chill" feel shoot I am planning.  I will be sure to share the final results and look forward to your comments and suggestions!

Wishing you a wonderful day!


Textures and Props

There is nothing more beautiful than a thickly woven textured fabric made for industrial use.

Wool that is made into warmth...

and ocean noises as water begins to chill and sea grass fades

Looking forward to the quiet winter stillness and sharing more images of the upcoming season.  

My love of photography continues to grow daily and I hope my skill level follows suit.  

Upcoming posts to include my photo shoot planning and  process along with a behind the scenes look at my "prop hoarding".  Being self-taught in all areas, let me know if there are specific areas you might like to hear more about and as always, I look forward to hearing from you.