Thursday, March 1, 2012

French Chair

Remember that chair I picked up on Craigslist last week? It's made quite the transformation, although it's not finished, I thought I would share what it's looking like right now.

Here is the before (after I slapped some paint on it's arms and legs - because I have no patience)
 It was in great shape - really sturdy, but that fabric was gross...and after I got started, I wondered if I should go get a tetanus booster. Not kidding.

This is layer two. Hmm. I'm thinking 70's, correct me if I'm wrong. Love the coordinating fabrics...double ew. 

Once I pulled this layer off, and took out the 621 gazillion staples, I just used the fabric as a guide to cut my new fabric. I bought a heavier weight Osnaburg fabric at Joann (s) and doubled it up for extra strength. It was on sale for around $3 a yard. YAY! I know it's not as strong as upholstery grade fabric, but it looks like linen and is nubby and perfect. From there it was easy (thanks to my new staple gun that I can actually squeeze with one hand and no naughty words).

Right now, it sits unfinished because I need an actual upholstery part for the until I get around to ordering she is. All frenchy and purdy...

I used multiple layers of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, and French Linen and distressed her within an inch of her life. She is smooth like silk. I added the grain sack stripes because it was just missing something...I may do another french grain sack stencil next to it. 

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  1. I just stumbled across your blog through an old blog party at Thrifty Decor Chick, and I'm totally hooked - I can't believe you made that horrible chair into THAT gorgeous creation! I've got a pretty good imagination but I couldn't have ever envisioned such a great change to that craigslist mess. Nice work!

    1. Thanks so much Beth!! I hope you come back often to see what I'm up to :)

  2. Cute! I know what you mean- cleaning up some craigslist finds can be sketchy lol.

    Britta @

  3. I love how this chair turned out! Check out my page... I have passed along the Liebster blog award to you!! Sarah

  4. Your chair looks really good! I have two chairs sitting my studio awaiting to be reupholstered and I've never done reupholstering but I can't wait to try. I think picking fabric will be my hardest part. Coming over from Miss Mustard Seed.

  5. Your chair turned out great!! I love how classic but simple it is. Great job!