This turned out to be a much bigger job than I figured.
Then I added the dark wax. I did all of one chair which made extra work because it dries too much and then you have to really rub to get it off. You want the darker wax to just get into the dips and depressions and wipe off the extra leaving only a slightly aged effect. Applying more clear softens things and makes it look good. But one section at a time is better.
I got both chairs done and was working on the foot stool when my Rooster showed up on his lunch break to take my flat tire off. NO, I have no idea, says she with a niggling doubt in the back of her mind, why a new tire would go flat!!!. By the time I got him back to work and the tire to the tire shop my footstool was quite dry and lacked that extra polishing time.
There she is. Does she need something more to make her compatible with the others? Hard to tell from these photos. If it really was this obvious I'd know to darken it a bit but in reality I'm thinking she need lightening.
Edit: ah, I knew I wasn't going colour blind!
She will stay in the sitting room with the taupe chairs that show in the background. The 2 chairs will be nearby in the dining room.
The distressed look fits our lifestyle. Not so much shabby chic as comfortable rooster. I must also confess that this old biddy does drag, bang, and bounce the vacuum off the various corners of doorways and protruding legs. oye!
Now my own legs are quite fine but my hands are feeling all the rubbing and patting. Next is to deliver them to the gal who will be recovering them.
But really, they are looking not too shabby!