Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chair times deux

Here is the second installment in a series I like to call: CHAIRS. Yup. Get used to them. I’ve still got a few to come! :)

This story began when I spotted this beauty in my local Goodwill:

Yeah. She wasn’t quite a beauty at this point, but I knew she could be. Oh, I almost forgot. She was $5.99. I love it when people look at me like I’m nuts when they see me with something like this grinning like a fool. I wish they could see her now…. They’d croak.

Case in point:

WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOO. Cover your ears while I scream. This chair just THRILLS me.


I started off by priming the chair in white to cover up the horrible paint job. Then I painted the chair body in Halycon Green by SW and the the cane sides in SW’s light French gray. I decided to highlight some of the chair’s features in the gray as well. When it was all dry I distressed it and glazed it with RL’s tobacco glaze.


I love the way you can see all 3 colors and the wood tone. It really looks authentically old. :)



Those of you who know me know that I have a fabric stash that could clothe the entire world. I picked this gorgeous piece that had been waiting the right piece for almost a year. Don’t they look like they were made to go with each other?


I love finishing my pieces with double welting. It makes it look so much more professional to me… I’m not a fan of the other trims available in stores…. just my preference.


Rear view: I tried to use the pattern in different ways on each piece of the chair. I LOVE the back and how it shows this scene.


This chair wasn’t even intended to go in the living room. I wanted it for my mommy den. It may still move around, but for now I’m loving it where it is. That’s the great thing about chairs. They don’t take a lot of work and aren’t a big expense at all when you thrift them. I spent under $40 for the chair AND the fabric. $40 for a chair that looks like a million bucks! That makes me so happy I may just scream again. Cover your ears just in case. :)

One last shot for the road. If you want to, just head on over. You can sit in this chair and have a cup of coffee, and I’ll sit in the slipcovered club. or vice versa… :) Either way you can sit in one of my “new” chairs.


Believe it or not there are more chairs to come. Be looking later this week.

love and hugs peeps. love and hugs.

Linking to:

Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Restore Interiors Restore It Wednesday
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday

My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can

Hooking Up with House of Hepworths

Blue Cricket Design's Show & Tell Wednesday

Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party

Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesday

Sassy Sites Trash to Treasure Tuesday

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Stories of a House Project Diaries

The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday

Savvy Southern Style's Wow us Wednesday


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Right, I'll be right over Loulou! : ) Great fabric. What a steal. You can see it must have been great in its day, too. I wish my Goodwill had some accent chairs.

Emily@LovelyBeasts said...

This chair turned out great. I love the fabric. I just saw one of these chairs at my local thrift store and had to turn away from it because it wouldn't fit in my car. Now I'm regretting it...and regretting not buying a bigger car!

All That Glitters said...

love the fabric choice!! Beautiful chair!

Martina said...

LOVE THAT CHAIR!! Love the color you painted it and that is one of my favorite fabric prints. If the chair goes MIA don't look here(LOL)!! Great Job, Martina

decdiva1 said...

very nice! very frenchy! you have a cute blog!

Julie Harward said...

Love it love it love it!!! That is so awesome! ;D

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love boh chairs you linked to the party! these are my fave- love the fabric and the color. soooo pretty! and your slipcovered chair is just beautiful as well. glad you are "back". i have missed you!

High Street Cottage said...

Lou Lou, you're on a roll! I just bought a beautiful chair, that has similar look, but I know it's too hard to do myself so I'm going to check out how much it will be for an upholsterer to do it. The rolled trim scares me, you did a wonderful job, and so unique. xoxo tami

Serendipity Chic Design said...

Gorgeous! Love the eclectic chic vibe of the fabric....

Take care,

Ana said...

Hi Loulou,
I'm so excited to have found your blog. I was over at Kim's visiting when I saw the thumbnail pic of your beautiful chair. I have one just like it, however I have not had the courage to reupholster it like you have. I'm more of a make-a-slipcover-for-everything kinda of gal, but not for this chair...Although I have made a slipcover for it already, just until I can tackle the upholstery :-P I'm happy because now I know someone who has done it and who I can ask...Was it difficult? and Have and tips? Anyways, your chair turned out beautifully. Love it. Great job.

Hugs and Smiles,
♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love that fabric. I have two chair seats in the dining room in it and the drapes in there that I got for a steal at a home decor shop a few years ago. Thanks so much for joining WUW.

Josie said...

It's funny because I have the same EXACT chair and I've been thinking about what I should do with it. It's the same exact hideous paintjob with the same exact hideous (stained/ripped) fabric...we got it from a yardsale though. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Wanting What I Have said...

LOVE the fabric you chose! Very well done!

Anonymous said...

I have 3 chairs like this, now I am ready to tackle them! Love the paint colors and the fabric!

Ashleigh@Sincerely said...

I'm in the midst of a chair makeover so I'm loving all the chair posts! This looks great. The finish especially!

Eileen said...

Yeooowwssiie you did such a great job. And that fabric looks like it was made for that chair. Love it!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

wow! the chair turned out great! Although, I'm not sure why goodwill was charging so much for it.
but now! what a difference!


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