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!


How it all came to be.....

Where does one start when sharing "how it all came to be"?  To start at the beginning would take far too long, to start at the middle would be awkward, so I guess the best place to start "how it all came to be" is from a picture I quickly snapped with a P&S after setting up my new world two years ago....

I had just reconnected with the love of my life and moved back to my hometown in Midwest WI and started life all over again.  This is the classic high school "Mr. Love of my Life" story and proves we do all end up where we are meant to be - that, my friends, is another post altogether.

As I began settling into this new life, I carved out space for a studio to work on photography shoots, re-doing furniture, crafty bits, and prop storage.  It was in this space that my whole "JoanMarie" world came together.....

Let me emphasize that these photos were taken before the Canon DSLR entered into the equation but I won't apologize for lighting or quality - I still remember that amazing feeling of "these are my treasures" as I took each of these photos.  

Let me emphasize even more strongly that these pictures were taken almost two years ago and the collection of prop madness has grown significantly larger.

So large in fact that I must take a day to re-organize and take inventory!  

I ADORE junk shops, thrift stores, antique shops, and even roadside piles as they each have their own variety of treasure.  I am drawn to what I call "used utility".  Used Utility is the simple, utilitarian, effective, and worn item that at one time served it's purpose and is now at a cross roads of "toss" or "this is really cool and would be great in a shoot!"  You can guess the latter ALWAYS wins for me.

Regarding the "studio" space I am currently working on, I have created a 4x4 room with a painted wall and hardwood floor for still life shots as well as utilizing a small spare bedroom with a white painted wood floor.  These will be in an upcoming post along with updated prop photos.

So, in closing, this is "how it all came to be" and is the foundation of all that is to come with this blog and my increasing love of photography.  

How did it all come to be for you??