Friday, June 24, 2011

Have a Seat

I took a look in the garage the other day, and realized I should probably get going on a few chair projects. I currently have 14 arm chairs and approximately 9 stools and benches piled up. Today I finished this frenchy chair.


The before.


A little too dark and heavy, and I was not feeling the fabric at all.  However, it was only $10.00.


Starting with a white primer, I drybrushed multiple layers of GESSO in white, grey, and my custom mix


My final layer was a light brush of white. I honestly don't remember how many layers I applied. I recovered the seat in a nubby fabric, followed by a striped linen towel down the center. I purchased a basket full of these towels at an auction earlier in the year, and I think this one works perfectly with this chair.




More candidates await, including a line of stools and benches. Not sure about painting this chair.


I may just change the fabric. I kinda like the wood. Hmmmmm....., what do you think?

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55 comments:

The Hopeless Romantic said...

Hi Rosemary, ur chair look fabulous, as does all the other pieces u add ur special touch to...I would paint the other one, then again, im partial to white, or any painted furniture. Dont much care for dark wood. Thanks for the visit and the comment. To answer ur question, yeppers the shabby style/color scheme will remain the same, i still have work to do on the table, though im not totally sure that im even keeping the table. It may be alittle large for the space...but i just re-done those chairs so ide really like to keep it. Oh, what's a girl to do...............LOL, Bonnie

Karen said...

Yummy Rosemary, that chair is fabulous, love the seat! I'm finishing up a chair (not 15) whew! once again I've been influenced by your genius. I'll post soon. I think that chair would look great painted, but right now I'd paint the moon if I could reach it lol.

Brandi said...

hi Rosemary, I love the look of the chair. I'm loving the grain sack too. beautiful transformation.

Blue Creek Home said...

Here is what I think...you are good! I love the chair's new finish but I love the towel down the center of the seat.
Great job.
Rhonda

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Oh, this turned out beautifully! The towel down the middle? Genius!

ShantyGirl said...

I have a chair I am redoing that had the same before fabric as yours, must have really been in style at one time! I would paint the wood...glossy wood does not do it for me. But you know the piece and have to feel what it should have let it "talk" to you!
Sherry

The Sterling Cherub said...

Gorgeous chair, love the finished product! It's just perfect.

Best,

Kimberly

Terry said...

Oh be still my heart. I so adore this chair.

Linda said...

Love it!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Love the chair re-do! The color is so pretty!

Terry said...

It's hard to believe that is the same chair. I love the fabric that you chose.

Loretta said...

I love the way you work! That towel really added a certain touch to your chair. I just found your blog and love it! I am now your new follower, won't you come over and follow us? I'd love having you! Hugs! Loretta

Petite Michelle Louise said...

love...LOVE...sigh...

Lesley Litrento said...

Another winner! Boy, do you have alot of chairs!!!! I thought I was bad, but you definately got me beat! lol

Claire said...

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Susan said...

Oooh, that chair re-do is fabulous! I initially thought it was all one fabric, you can barely tell it is a towel on top of fabric.
Great job!
- Susan

Poppy said...

You've transformed something drab to fabulous yet again! This is so beautiful... down to the chair seat in that gorgeous striped linen toweling fabric.. beautiful transformation Rosemary! One down more awaiting their beautiful turns. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!~Poppy

http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

Sherrie said...

What a beauty Rosemary! Love it!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Rosemarry, you sure did a great job with the Frenchy and now it looks beautiful!, so nice and fresh, perfect for summer...or any time! Yes, I like the other one with a change of fabric and I would keep it in the wood color. Thanks for sharing sweetie. I just dropped by from Masterpiece Monday too! Love, FABBY

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great job! That is a fabulous chair that is up next...I'm a girl that loves white or light

Carol

Comeca Jones said...

Perfect as usual.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

What a wonderful transformation, it looks beautiful.... can't wait to see what you come up with the other chair. I do love white or off white, and think it would look great painted, but I'm sure with different fabric it will still be beautiful!!!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I wanted to thank you for stopping by and for joining as a follower, always nice to meet new friends!!!

shopannies said...

what an awesome look love the simple colors so perfect for todays world come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

ReFresh ReStyle said...

I love the chair and the fabric! It looks great! Thanks for stopping by refreshrestyle!
Debbie

Shabby Marilyn said...

New follower now and loving the new life you gave the chair!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

You did an awesome job with this chair. It sure was not pretty before. Thanks for joining the newbie party.

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Love it! What a great idea to use the towel on the seat... very creative! :)

laxsupermom said...

What a beautiful makeover! It's so pretty, now. Great idea to use the towel on the seat. Just the right size to do it. Looks terrific! Thanks for sharing.

Neha@ All things beautiful said...

It turned out gorgeous! I like the idea of using a towel for the seat.

Katie said...

The chair turned out beautiful and love the seat!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

That is awesome! Love the new color and new fabric. Great job!! :)

Crystal

~Iffy~ said...

Turned out great! You're so talented! I'm stopping by from the Sunday Showcase party. I would love for you to link this up to My Favorite Things party! It's going on all week,
& be sure to check out my giveaway too!
Thanks
~Iffy~

www.stayathomenation.blogspot.com

Michele Smith said...

Your chair turned out fabulous!!!

Have a good night.

The Hopeless Romantic said...

I just had to come back over to tell u that i was perusing craigslist yesterday and found 4 of these chairs, for $40. The backs are alittle different, cane , though shaped more like the chair u havent painted yet....Im so excited, im probably gonna paint them, i wanna usem on the back porch with a farmhouse table. Hubby's gonna make one like in..... cant remember the #, but there's one at the linky party.....sorry so longwinded, just so excited....Have a great monday!

Becca said...

Wow, what a beautiful transformation !! The paint color is fabulous, as well as the "grain sack" seat. Outstanding !! Coming to you by way of BNOTP ... look forward to following you along. *Becca*

www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

adventuresindinner said...

Can't wait to see what you do next. You have a great eye.

Melissa said...

Wow! What a beautiful transformation! I love it!

Emreen said...

Wow! Love the chair makeover...!! Lovely !!

The Paupers Castle said...

You do find some great things. I thought of you this weekend. We were on our way to Wisonsin Dells for a family reunion and I pointed out Kane County to my husband on the map and said we need to come visit you! Hopefully we can make that happen! Looks lovely as usual. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the rest!

Melissa said...

This is beautiful. All of your furniture is beautiful! I'm your newest follower from Homemaker on a Dime's blog hop.

http://www.meldreamsoften.com

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

I love the curves in the arms and the fabric is fantastic:)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Fabulous job on this chair, Rosemary! I LOVE it!

Pretty Unique Furniture said...

Great Job! I actually laughed out loud when you said how many chairs-in-waiting that you have left :) I know the feeling! As for the last chair, definitely paint it!

White Ironstone Cottage said...

WOW This turned out amazing
Fabulous Treasure
Thanks so much for linking with Treasure Chest friday
I am grateful xxoo
Pam

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

another gorgeous frenchy redo! love the seat on this one, rosemary!

Steph @ Birdhouse said...

It turned out beautifully! I love the fabric!

kimberly.labate said...

as to your question on the second chair...YES, save the wood...what a refreshing change that would make.

as i follow through the blogs...it is almost like the paint fumes have gone to everyones head...and nothing, and i mean NOTHING is off limits anymore...every piece of wood is smothered in paint...no-one wants to let the wood shind and show its inner beauty anymore.

i have a feeling that in a few years we will be looking back and thinking "why did i pant that??" and buyers will be saying, "gosh this is great, if i could just get it stripped down to its lovely natural self!"

clustres said...

This is beautiful! I just did one sort of like this.

Faded Plains said...

Love your chair makeover...and the towel looks great covering the cushion.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love this chair!!! *wow* :D

Pssssst! I am following you now ;P

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Kudos! Nice transformation the chair thanks you for for showing it some love :)

Katie said...

Congratulations, Rosemary, on your feature from MMS!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

LOoooove that chair and the upholstery with the towel!!!

Blessings & Aloha!
Still having fun catching up as I get closer to your most recent post!

Jeanie said...

Hi Everyone,
I am REALLY likeing the Gresso look on this blog. I found this blog last night and ran out and bought Gresso today.

I need HELP!!! It was VERY ahrd to squeeze out of the bottle. It was difficule to brush on anything. It did not feel like paint. Is it suppose to? Am I suppose to buy the Gresso Primer? I added water, but that did not feel right either.
Any ideas, Rosemary?
Thanks,
Jeanie