Saturday, March 31, 2012

The French Treatment

What a gloomy week we have had in the Pacific Northwest.  It is soggy around here.  Hope your spring is a little sunnier. I am dying to get outside and plant some peas but it's just too cold to play in the dirt.  So instead I decided to pull out the staple puller and redo a chair.

  

I purchased this sweet chair a few weeks ago with the intention of refinishing it to sell.  She just screams give me the French Treatment, doesn't she?  How could I refuse.



As you can see the cane back of the chair was damaged.  I decided to remove it and replace it with fabric and double cord welting.  I also added piping to the seat cushion.  It definitely would have taken a lot less time if I had skipped that step but I wanted to give it a custom look.  The fabric is drop cloth.



For the paint I used a gray homemade chalk paint for the base coat.  There are several recipes out there but I used non sanded tile grout mixed with latex paint.  I think this recipe leaves a nice flat chalky appearance but it doesn't sand as beautifully as ASCP.  For the top I used a coat of ASCP in old white not worrying to much about full coverage. 




I sanded heavily to reveal the wood and gray paint.  Then finished with wax.


I love her wheels. You can't have a french chair without a french pillow though now can you?


For the pillow graphic I searched the Graphics Fairy's blog for inspiration and found Paris and the crown in different places and decided to put them together. I used the wax paper method to transfer the image.  Go here for a post on several different methods of transferring images.  Basically just print out your design on wax paper and burnish it onto the fabric with a credit card.  It didn't come out as dark as I wanted so I touched it up with a sharpie.


I know it's not for everyone but I love the french look with the use of multiple colors and heavy distressing.   I hope she finds a good home.




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26 comments:

Judy said...

That is just beautiful. I love everything about this chair. Great job.

Anne said...

A D O R E ! and I love you even more for posting this right at the moment when I was despairing of how many coats of chalk paint I was needing to cover my bookcases... now I'm just going to sand the crap out of them and not bother with another coat of paint :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the chair. It is stunning. I think the pillow is perfect too. I really like the back with the fabric and the welting, makes the chair look so custom and expensive. Hugs, Marty

Emily said...

She's gorgeous! The layers of paint and raw wood are beautiful.

Alicia @ Sweet Ava Kate said...

I'm in love! It's just beautiful! You should do a tutorial on upholstery, you did a great job... so custom!
You won't have to worry about this one selling! Heck, if I lived closer I'd say, "Put my name on it!" :)

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Fantastic redo!!!! That is one heck of a transformation!

I knew you lived in the Pac NW! I could tell by some of the pics you posted of the outside of your house once. Must have been the garage redo. Where are you? I'm in Tri-Cities WA, but we are up in Spokane quite a bit.

--Katie
@ Creatively Living

Becca said...

Oh my gosh! It is so gorgeous!! I wish I had the money to buy it right now! I think I'm in love...
xo Becca

gail said...

ohhh mimi! that chair is fabulous! Great transformation girl!
gail

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Oh she's a pretty girl........very nice :)

Inspired by you said...

Such a great job! I can't resist french chairs!

Green Willow Pond said...

Perfect! What a wonderful new look for this chair. I don't know how you can give it up!

Have a lovely week!
Deborah

mishebe said...

very nice!

Robin said...

Your chair turned out so pretty! I love it's new french flair.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow! that chair is stunning! i love the finish, caned sides (and new backing!) and those casters!

Ivy and Elephants said...

This is an amazing transformation. You did a fabulous job. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Pamela said...

Loving your chair makeover! I am a sucker for anything frenchy.

Amanda said...

A gorgeous chair and I love your style! I will be following you! I live in the PNW, too! I wonder if we're neighbors! I think the sun is going to come around this weekend...we may have our first dry Easter in several years! Nice to have "met" you!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

wydevendesigns.com said...

Nice looking chair - good solution for broken caning on back. Check out my french chair revival as well!

Gerrie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Simply gorgeous. Love how you added fabric to the back.

Claudine from CondensedLoveHome said...

BEAUTIFUL... Really inspiring...

Katie Goldsworthy said...

I'm throwing this on my FB page this morning!

--Katie

Heather said...

This is stunning. Love the simpleness of the drop cloth fabric - and the piping - and the pillow. Thanks for the tips on transferring designs - I'm still experimenting with that.

All Things Chic 2 said...

"SIMPLY" An amazing transformation !!!
Your newest follower , I invite you to visit me as well...
Blessings Lori

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Wonderful!

vikki said...

You did a great job. I just finished one as well. Hop on over and check her out.

Erika said...

This chair tuned out great! I love it!

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