Thursday, March 8, 2012

Soften It Up

I wasn't going to paint this chair, but....



I did.  I just wanted to soften it up.  Here's the before.



While working in the studio today, I found myself taking a soft blue/grey to it.  When I started, I was thinking about what I was going to recover it with.  As I continued to paint, I started loving the new color with the old fabric.




It works.  So, I think I'm just going to clean up the fabric a little more.






Would you change the fabric?  Just curious.


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43 comments:

savvycityfarmer said...

I think not!

tho, maybe add some shimmer to the paint ... eensy weensy highlights ... or pickle the gray

Allison@FabRehab said...

I could go either way on the fabric....it works as is, but drop cloth is always fabulous! Great paint job!

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

I'm loving that new paint color with the fabric.... I might just leave the fabric... it looks great. You can always change it later if you get tired of it. For now... it works!
Susan
Homeroad

lvroftiques said...

It looks beautiful Rosemary. I like the old fabric so I'd leave it if it was me *winks* But you know how I am.....*winks* Vanna

Susan said...

It works alright! I love that new soft gray color with the fabric. Perfection in my book.
(Love that frame behind it, too).
You always inspire me Rosemary. :)

Karen Bates said...

I'd give it a go as is....it's not bad and the paint job really, really helped! Love your work!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Wow, the new paint color really transformed the fabric! Leave it! It's a perfect match!

It's All Connected said...

I had the same thing happen once - painted the chair frame and then was fine with the fabric. I left mine. Less work is better than more work! ~ Maureen

Arlene said...

I love this progressive transformation. Leaving it as is until you find that "spot on" fabric works...patience is a beautiful thing! New follower here!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

No, I love that fabric with the color you picked. Looks fantastic!

Faded Charm said...

I have a similar chair and not sure if I want t opaint it, but I like how yours turned out.

Normally I would say a linen, dropcloth or burlap, but I kinda like it with your blue-gray color:-)

xoxo
Kathleen

pink*cherub*moon said...

I really like the new paint color and it goes so well with the vintage fabric! It looks like they were meant to go together, so I can see why you're thinking of leaving it. I have done that with old chairs. I got this fantastic antique chair with deep sage green velvet upholstery. Although some of it is slightly faded, I can't bare to change it! Of course, if you decide to change it, you will let us know, right? =:) xoxo, Leena

Gail said...

I just LOVE that chair! It wouldn't matter to me what kind of fabric was in it. Enjoy your day, Gail

Pieced Pastimes said...

Love that shade of gray. If you are enjoying that fabric now, I would leave it. You can always change it to something different later if the mood strikes you.

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Rosemary,
Love the new paint colour!
I would leave the fabric it looks to be in excellent shape. I think it goes perfectly with the chair. If you wanted to add a linen look you could make a pillow to throw on it...with one of your chandies on it? Or just a loose slipcover on the chair with linen or a grain sack! Just my 2 cents worth! You always have great ideas & natural instincts...
Have a great weekend!
All the Best,
Christine

Sandy Ang said...

looks lovely with the fresh paint.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

If you like the fabric I'd leave it, Rosemary. I think the paint color goes very well with it. You can always change it down the road if you find a fabric you fall in love with.

Transformations By Jacqueline said...

The old fabric looks very good! Was a good color choice! Good job!

Kelly said...

No. I like that fabric with its new paint color. I assume you're selling it. If it doesn't sell, then you might consider changing the fabric to see if that makes a difference.

Terry said...

Definitely a good choice. Looked nice to start but is so much nicer now.

Karena said...

Rosemary I love the newly painted chair...what paint did you use? It is perfect the way it is..you can always change the fabric later if you want.

Xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Margaret said...

Stencil a chandelier on it. Done!

Kris said...

I love the new paint color and I probably would recover perhaps with a lovely pale aubergine or lavender print or solid. I love those colors together!

Very pretty!

Renee said...

That paint really transformed the chair! I probably would change the fabric, but it does look nice the way it is.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

To me that fabric is a keeper with the new paint color! Love it!!

AB HOME Interiors said...

looks great! It really does soften it up!

xoxo,
amanda

ImSoVintage said...

I think the paint works really well with the fabric.

Roisin said...

Like it very much since you've painted it. The fabric and paint complement one another. Both are soft and subtle.

Anne said...

I agree the fabric works.I am redoing a french chair.I am however changing the fabric.Wish I did not have to but it was in very poor condition.As much as I love it.It must go.
Really loving that color too.

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful transformation :)
Love the colour. Fabric is fine too, but I'd change to a fabric with stripes - to get the gustavian feel :)

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment!

Greetings from Australia♥

Emily said...

Fabulous idea! Painting the wood totally changed the looks of the chair. I really like the fabric now. It doesn't look tired anymore. I think I'd keep the fabric for now. You can always change it later if the urge strikes. Frani

Heaven's Walk said...

What a beauty, Rosemary! The new paint color is gorgeous with that fabric! So feminine! But you know me.....it would look great upholstered with a vintage grain sack, too. lolol!

xoxo laurie

Pamela said...

It looks beautiful Rosemary!

ElmwoodCats said...

Beautiful transformation!! I think the new paint color/old frabric makes it lovely. Agree adding a little highlight silver (?) -what ever u think- would be special touch but nice as is!

Anne Boykin (bloominganne) said...

No, I would leave it the way that it is, it looks lovely now. I enjoy your blog.

Di said...

Rosemary, I love the fabric I wouldn't change it for a while, But wouldn't some feedsack, linen pleated fabric look beautiful. Di

Mimi said...

Nope. think the fabric looks great with it as is.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

LOL -- I didn't think there would EVER be something you'd think NOT to paint! Much better with the fabric (which I too love).

Cindy said...

I wouldn't change the fabric, it is very pretty with the grey paint and the printed cover. If it were me, I know it's not, but if it were, I'd leave it!
Hugs, Cindy

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I would I am still regretting leaving it behind!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love the new finish on the chair. the fabric is not me at all- i would go plain jane but with texture like linen or burlap, or i would go with something funky and modern. i am just not a floral fabric kind of gal though.

gail said...

Rosemary-I love the fabric with the new color. I so agree, and happy that you left it.
great job!
gail

The Rooster and The Hen said...

I think changing the color was the right call and I love the fabric - keep it! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts tomorrow- Friday, March 16th 2012 at 7:00 am and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

-Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen