Stool painted in faux bois, ornate with a faux painted cushion
One of my clients had a black stool called in French an X shaped stool (by reason of its crossed legs) bringing sturdiness and style to the piece.
It was in her foyer, topped by a cushion. She was tired of cleaning the cushion that would also fall on the floor hence her request to paint a fake one, in “trompe l’oeil”!
She also wanted to soften the severe and conventional look of this Directoire stool by changing its black color to a faux wood grain in a medium hue.
The first step was to hide the black under a sand colored primer, covered by 2 coats of “café au lait” colored paint with a hint of salmon hue mixed into it.
I then started drawing the pattern of the wood grain and applied several coats of glaze to simulate with it the wood grain.
For the design of the cushion, I picked a pattern to simulate the fabric in a more credible way, faking creases and their corresponding shades, as well as the fading of the fabric in some areas.
Of course, along the contour of the cushions I darkened the faux wood, as well as along the edges of the faux cushion itself to bring in some depth necessary to a three dimensional effect.
The stool has now become a piece of conversation with a maintenance free cushion.
One could also imitate the fabric of close-by drapes or upholstered furniture to make it more convincing!