Sherry, of the blog No Minimalist Here, was so sweet this past winter to tag along with me as I was on my quest for new sofas and rugs, and etc. for the family room redo. One day, we traveled up to GreenFront in Farmville, Va. (if you have never been there....GO!). That day was a bust for me on buying anything new but as we searched through the thousands of rugs in the old warehouse, we ran across tons of burlap just lying around on the floor in great piles. I am eyeing this stuff with glee and quickly asked a worker bee if it was free for the taking....yep, it sure was. It was the burlap that the oriental rugs came wrapped in as they made their travels here to the states. And that my friends, was the inspiration on my French chair makeover. It was a much wider weave than your normal burlap and had a red stripe running through it, as well as cream twine, which I loved.
the Before and the After
I was lucky to find two of these vintage mid-century Louis XV copy chairs. I actually liked the tapestry fabric but the colors were all wrong and it was stained. (I see a future handmade purse in my future with tapestry on it). I declare, I don't how you redo girls do it. Everyone talks about how they do this and do that in 3-4 hours. As that famous line in the movie, The Rainmaker, goes, "you (meaning me) must be stupid, stupid, stupid", because there was no way I could do that chair in just a few hours or even a day. Heck, I couldn't even do it by myself. :) There must have been hundreds of staples that had to be pulled out, of which many needed a little extra Bobby G. brawn to pull off and out. Then I needed four hands to re-staple the new fabric,.... somebody to hold, and a body to staple. I took Miss Mustard Seed's wonderful advice and bought and used a pneumatic stapler.
After much aggravation because the burlap too easily unraveled as upholstery fabric, I decided to make a slip cover instead, which I loved even more. I lined it with inexpensive muslin to make it easier to sew on, used store bought already ruffled trim and simple ribbon as the ties.
Since I got the chair seat fabric for free, I did splurge on the chair back. It's a cream silk, with the embroidered tree and birds on it. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. It was expensive but I only needed a half yard, which also gave me enough to make two pillows too.
The old chair has such pretty carved details in it. I painted it a cream, and then used an old artist brush to put the Annie Sloan dark wax in the crevices to bring out the features and an old cotton sock to wax on the rest of the chair, rubbing it down with a fresh clean sock.
And here she is......... :)
I hope you love her as much I do
cream silk with embroidered birds fabric: Williams & Sherrill Home Interiors
wide weave burlap: free
gimp French Vanilla trim: Jo Ann Fabrics
rayon chiffon cream ruffle trim : Jo Ann Fabrics
paint: Waverly Classic "antique" by Valspar ~ Lowe's
dark wax finish - Annie Sloan
paint brushes - Wooster (always use good good brushes)
old white cotton socks: courtesy of Bobby G.
Spring has sprung around here this week. This is our pink ornamental magnolia next to the deck. It just makes my heart sing to see it and I think my internet is fixed....yay!!! (but I am not holding my breath). If you are so inclined, I would love for you to follow my blog. If you do already.....I thank you! Okay...I am hanging up now. See ya' next time. ♥
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Potpourri Friday at 2805, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound,
Furniture Friday at Miss Mustard Seed, Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home,