Monday, May 20, 2013

A Vintage Chair Makeover

A little while ago I came across a lady selling a bunch of chairs that were part of a clean out she was doing before setting up her new business. Of course I took all of them, but the one that really caught my eye was this girl.

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The lady had great intentions (don't we all) but never quite got round to giving them a makeover, so she was passing them on. And I was VERY happy to takeover. The chair sat in the garage for a little while as I thought about fabric - the pale blue velvet had to go, but I quite liked the white frame (though it needed to be re-done). Lucky for me I went to the local Destash Market  and found the perfect fabric for her. It is such soft linen and such a great pattern, I just wish I had more! And here she is now...

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I love the style of this old chair, the arm rests get me every time. I used a home made chalk paint and then distressed, and used Annie Sloan Wax to seal it. Can I tell you, I LOVE this wax?! In the past I have just used furniture wax I could get from Bunnings, and while it did the job, the smell was strong and I knew I could find better. When I got the chance to try out Annie Sloan Chalk Paint now that it's here in Australia I received some wax along with it, and it is SO much better. Yes I got it for free, but these are my own, honest opinions. I bought a special new brush to apply it with and I'm really happy :)

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This girl is destined for Avoca Beachside Markets this weekend. I was tempted to keep her as I'm still using a dining chair at my sewing table, but as I'm still not sure how I'm going to style the room I've decided I'll take her along and see what happens. If she sells so be it, if not, well she could have a home with me.

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  1. Looks lovely, great choice of fabric!

  2. I have a thing for chairs and she's a real beauty. What's a destash market?

  3. so pretty! i love the lines of the chair and love the pretty fabric!

  4. im a sucker for a carver chair too;-) beautiful job, a feminine beauty now! oh i cant wait to try asnnie's wax!! ive never read a bad word about it!!

  5. I usually am not a pattern fabric girl but this chair looks good! Nice pick! New follower. Aimee @ captivating corner blog

  6. Visiting from Kate with an E. Love the "new" chair. It's looks fabulous. Love the color and fabric!

  7. This is so pretty! Ian totally on the lookout for a fabulous chair like this to redo. Great job!!

  8. Great job Catherine! Love it!

  9. Great job! I'd love if you'd like up to The DIY'ers:

  10. Your chair turned out beautiful! Love the fabric and the color you chose. Hopefully, you will get to keep her!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks


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