Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Two Chair Makeovers: Victorian to Western Chic and French Provencial to French Country

If you know me by now, 
you know I just love a chair makeover.
I'm always on the lookout for chairs to redo.
Here are two I finished this past weekend:
 Victorian style frame with vintage flamestitch fabric…
I purchased this from RVA Antiques.
Love that place!!!
 Yeah, yeah, I know the wood is nice…
 But I'm painting it!
After ripping off all the edging,
I painted a base coat in chalk paints: 
Maison Blanche Peacock
mixed with a little Annie Sloan Old White.
 After that dried,
 I dry brushed on some Annie Sloan Paris Grey.
 Particularly over the detailed areas.
 This looks pretty rough now but just wait.
 After drying, I sanded lightly
and then added waxes: 
Clear and dark.
Painting in different colors takes on a wonderful faux aged patina
after adding the dark wax.
 Once the frame dried and was buffed,
I proceded to the upholstery...
 I love this faux cowhide I purchased from U-Fab.
I pulled taut, stapling around edges, then trimmed excess.
 On the bottom edge, 
I fabric glued striped trim to cover the staples,
and then added antique brass nail heads.
 After the seat was completed, 
I moved to the front and back..
 I used gimp to finish off these areas.
 And again added antique brass nail heads in the corners.
 It's finished!
Love the unexpected combo of turquoise
and cowhide!!!!!!!!
Moving on to chair number two:
This was a tufted blue velour french provincial
style chair purchased at an estate sale.
Has the classic french provincial painted wood finish:
Yellow with specks of brown/gold.
I painted the frame in Paris Grey.
And added lots of dark wax to age it.
 First up, the seat cushion.
 I kept this simple. 
No piping.
I used this striped ticking fabric
I purchased online from Decor Steals.
 Now it's time to rip apart the chair.
So I can put it back together…
I removed all the buttons from the chair front,
added polyfil in the holes,
then batting to the front, and stapled
an undergarment of white muslin.

The seat, I covered with this blue and white striped ticking.
I can make a mess!

Next on to the arms/sides.
Losing light, so I'll have to wait to finish..
I used the same striped fabric 
on the back and outside arms.

Now it's finished except for the trim!
I used a long strip of the fabric - the striped part -
 and folded back/glued the edges,
and used this to trim out the front and sides.
I glued along the raw edges to cover the staples,
and then I added oversized nail heads in the corners.
Here's the inside arm.
Outside arm.
I used white gimp for the outsides...
I do believe this young lady is finished!
It's perfectly beautiful.
She sold today!

Have a favorite chair that needs new clothes?
SheShe, The Home Magician
Sheila Fox

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