Monday, January 21, 2013

Vintage Chair Makeover - Lady in grey

A couple of months ago I bought two dining chairs ready for a makeover. The first one you can see here, and here is the second one...

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I cursed and grumbled about the first chair - I was mis-stapling all over the place when doing the back rest - but as predicted the second chair makeover went a whole lot easier. Probably the hardest thing for me was finding the right fabric. I knew I wanted a white-ish frame, with a bit of grey, so finding something in the right tones, and with a bit of pattern, was more difficult that I thought... but I think this damask does the job beautifully!

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I painted the chair Antique White and then rubbed it over with a hodge podge grey I already had mixed, and finished it off with a coat of wax. I looked all over for fabric and finally found this damask pattern which I think has worked out lovely.

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One of the fiddly bits was attaching the piping around the back rest and chair, which covers the stapled fabric. It was one of those things I had to have ALL my patience for, and just did a section at a time. If something didn't fit right I would just re-work it again. And eat another chocolate almond :)

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So the two dining chairs came out completely different, and I'm happy with both! I can see how both would both in different types of rooms, depending on your style. On different days a different one is my favourite...

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 SO what do you think - are you a bit shabby chic or bold statement!

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  1. The chairs look lovely, you have far more patience than me, I am not game to tackle upholstery!

  2. They both look wonderful! I'll have a bold statement thanks very much :)

  3. Love both chairs but the Bold Statement really does it for me!!

  4. They are so different and yet both GORGEOUS! Good job!

  5. Your chair looks amazing! What a great makeover! You have a new follower! Fabrizia @

  6. Love the grey chair! Is it for sale? ;-)

  7. It turned out gorgeous Catherine!! Love the damask you chose, it really suits the style of chair! I'm hearing you with the whole patience thing...that's why I don't think I could ever upholster full time. Least when you paint a piece you can have it done in half a day:-)

  8. This is absolutely gorgeous! Great job :)
    I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award.

  9. you are so clever they are both great but I would go for the grey one ....I lurve it!
    Bec x

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  11. oooooh that grey beauty is the one for me!

    visiting via miss mustard seed and would love to have you stop by when you have a moment.

    happy weekend to you.


  12. Both are lovely but I favor the bold stripe and dark wood. I love things that make a statement and this does it so well!


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