3.13.2012

French Chair Redo ~ Saucy & Sassy

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


Shopping Guide:

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.
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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.  ♥


It's always a pleasure to join these wonderful parties.....charming hostess and full of inspiration.  I know they will love it if you give them a visit.  

 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,  
Kathy at Delightsome Life, Joy of Savvy City Farmer,  White Wednesday at Faded Charm, 
Furniture Friday at Miss Mustard Seed,  Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home,  
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,  and sweet Beverly at Pink Saturday.



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58 comments :

NanaDiana said...

Lynne- That is very, very sweet. Love the makeover. It looks like a whole different chair! Were you itchy after working with burlap? Hope you have a great week- xo Diana

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

What a great makeover. Neat idea on the burlap cover and I adore the silk fabric. Nice splurge. And, I'm like you, it takes me longer than most people on projects.

Town and Country Gals said...

Lynn,
what could be better then finding a stash of free burlap! Your chair makeover is fabulous! The combination of the burlap and silk, perfection!
Rebecca

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So darling~ I love it!!! Thanks in advance for linking up at FNF too! :)

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

How pretty Lynn! And it goes so well with your blog name. :-)

Hugs,
Judy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks so good. I love the fabric on the back. Too cute.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

It turned out wonderful! I know exactly what you are talking about, because I am going through the same thing with my French Settee.....I am using drop cloth, but it also frays easily. We did have the correct stapler, so that did help. I am gluing the trim on tomorrow and will do a final reveal on Wednesday.....My hat goes off to you!

Blondie's Journal said...

Hurray for you! I don't care if it took you three years to make it, it's beautiful and that's what counts!! I love the paint job, too! I have heard that burlap is hard to work with. I have a burlap tablecloth that makes me sneeze! Great job, Lynn! :)

XO,
Jane

The French Hutch said...

Hi Lynn, Love, love, love the chair. I think you did a fabulous job. I had to laugh as you described the time spent doing this. That is why I leave this to the young energetic professionals. This girl could not recover anything! I love the burlap and it looks beautiful paired with the silk bird print on the back. Congratulations Lynn, terrific job.

~Emily
The French Hutch

victoriantailor said...

Love it! The silk is gorgeous! You did a great job!

chateau chic said...

I love how your chair turned out. Very frenchy and chic I would say!
Mary Alice

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love it! what a score on the burlap!! That was not an easy project if it was your first chair redo! Next time it will go faster and be easier!

Carol

Faded Charm said...

You did a great job on this chair....I love it!!

I have a simialr one that I wish I knew how to recover myself...maybe when I have a day or a month of ree time I can try to tackle it myself..LOL

xoxo
Kathleen

dawnineden.com said...

I love love love the chair. I'm getting motivated again to try something like this. Guess I need to start flea marketing to find a cute but cheap chair.

dawnineden.com said...

I love love love the chair. I'm getting motivated again to try something like this. Guess I need to start flea marketing to find a cute but cheap chair.

Rebecca said...

Totaleeee AWESOME girl! Wow!

xoRebecca

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful!
...amazing makeover :)

Greetings from Australia♥

SueAnn said...

The chair is fabulous!!
And the magnolia is gorgeous
Hugs
SUeAnn

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Beautiful! Love the burlap mixed with that luscious silk! Wonderful job :)

Rosie said...

Wow, you did a fantastic job.

stefanie said...

oh/!!!! its gorgeous!

tattered elegance said...

gorgeous!!!! this is the best eye candy ive had all day!!! I absolutly love your chair~ what a great job!

Lisa said...

Love the chair!

Candy said...

Looks like all your hard work paid off. I love the finished product.......sooo pretty. I've just become your newest follower, so please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com and maybe you'll follow back.

THANKS.

Jann Olson said...

Steal my heart Lynn, I am in love with your chair. The burlap, the bird fabric, oh it is just gorgeous! Where were you when I was vacationing in Virgina? lol! Would have loved to have hit that place. Loving your Magnolia. I just about bought one last year. Regretting it now.
Hugs,
Jann

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, I am really impressed! You did a great job and I love the silk fabric. I just bought two French style chairs and you are welcome to come over and give me a hand with the upholstery. Thanx for joining my party. Hugs, Sherry

The Other Me Is Sane said...

thanks for giving the info on how you did this lovely chair. the fabric is great and it all goes together so well.

Zinnia said...

I love it! Especially the rear seat with the tree and the birds. I wish you a wonderful day! Zinnia

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

Wow! Beautiful fabric choices I love how this turned out!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Lynn.

Girl, I love your chair, and that fabric on the chair back is gorgeous...

Judy said...

Your chair makeover is absolutely gorgeous. I love the combination of the fabrics.

Claire said...

I adore your chair makeovers-the silk birdie fabric is fabulous!!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have ALL my sympathy! I never do redos like this for the same reason. Sure turned out cute!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lynn, the vintage floral hats are really tough to find. People like me are snapping them up and then taking the flowers of to do numerous projects...I shall be green with envy if you find some, I am always looking....Good luck!

Carol

Jen said...

Lynn, you did a beautiful job! I love this chair and all of the detail you put into fixing it up. You must adore having it! Re-upholstering is not something I have dabbled in, although I see it in my future.

Jen

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Lovely job, Lynn! I love the chair and that silk is gorgeous. Happy Pink Saturday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Marti McClure said...

What an adorable transformation! I love the birds on the back mixed with the burlap. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

Hélène Flont ✿Fine Art said...

So elegant and poetic!! Bravissimo!!!
Happy PS. ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

bj said...

It really turned out pretty.
Great job.

Mimi's Vintage Charm said...

Beautifully done... such wonderful details! visiting from miss mustard seed.

Inspired by you said...

So lovely! What a great job!

Sarah said...

Lynn, your chair looks charming. I like the rough texture of the burlap paired with the beautiful silk. Great choices. ~ Sarah

Kai Rui said...

what a lovely pieces of art..;) btw I'm your newest follower, hope you could return back the favor for me...Thanks!

and if its okay with you, would you like your site be link you up to my next post for Pink Saturday? Hope to hear from you soon..;)

That shabby Pink Girl said...

I Love your Chair makeover, very very Pretty! also the Magnolia's.
HPS
marian elizabeth

Ann said...

Lynn, she is a beauty!!!! The back with the birds exqusite. Very excellent makeover.
Ann

thistlewoodfarm said...

Your chair makeover is so pretty. I love the fabric on the back and I love the burlap.

Thanks for the inspiration.

blessings,
karianne

Marilou of Lulus Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Wonderful makeover Lynn and I would never know you had a bit of trouble finishing that chair in more than a few hours. Love the Magnolia tree in all its glory too. I can't wait for Spring to really sprout forth! Hugs my friend, Marilou

dana said...

Your chair looks amazing! You are quite the handy and creative gal!!!

Hope your PS and St. Paddy's Day were great. We had a few folks over last night for Reuben's and gr. beer. It was fun, but I am pooped from cleaning and cooking. I love to have people over cuz it inspires me to get my house in order, but I'm always glad when it's over, cuz it wears me out. I would be smarter to clean on a regular basis and not save it all for one gigantic job. Just seems there are always so many other things I want to be doing instead of cleaning.....things that are crafty or going to fun spots!

Have a good Sunday!

L, Dana

Le Style said...

What a great makeover!
Love your blog and pictures!!
Happy to find you and to follow you .....

Warm greetings from the Netherlands
Harriëtte

1CardCreator said...

This is knock out gorgeous! Happy Pink Saturday! ~Diane (I am #75)

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Wow I love how that turned out! Love that bird fabric and the burlap! Awesome!

Cindy said...

LOVE that chair! Can't wait to see your purse (LOL)
XO Cindy

Okio B Designs said...

Wow! Now that's what I call a makeover. So beautiful - the fabric, the burlap - everything! LOVE it!

Jeanine

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Awesome idea and I love your job!
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Diana @ AnyoneCanDecorate said...

Love it... Great job and great blog. I am your newest Linky follower. Come check out my blog if you get a chance and follow too if you like.
Blessings,
Diana - Anyone Can Decorate

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Your chair remake is so pretty and feminine! Just love that splurge fabric with the birds ...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier today.

And your son has every reason to still be scared about the cold. We've had snow on Easter in the past here!

:)

Linda

Wild Oak Designs said...

Awesome!
People are doing such fabulous things, now I just need to find a darling chair such as yours....
Thanks for the great info...
Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Peggy Hale said...

I love your chair. Beautiful job. You should stop by and share with us on Transformed Tuesday. :-) Peggy~PJH Designs http://pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com/2012/11/transformed-tuesday-13-features.html

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