A Barrel Back Chair…


July 26, 2014 by Terry

IMG_2636WOW  Really???? Orange???

IMG_2637I found this little lovely chair the other day…once again my favorite little thrift shop didn’t let me down!!!  I have been very fortunate with my finds lately.

So…Orange used in the right way can be very nice…on this chair though…not so much!

She has lovely little details on her that were being lost in the scream of the orange velvet…

I took her home and gave her 2 sloppy coats of Milk Paint in the color Linen.  Sanded the frame and gave it a generous coat of clear wax.  I later went over the wood carvings with dark antiquing wax to bring out the detail.  The frame is super silky smooth!!!

IMG_2643IMG_2651I taped off a bit of the caning in order to create a grain sack style stripe…

IMG_2649IMG_2648Skinny Frog Tape worked perfect for the narrow stripes.

I used left over fabric from other projects to upholster the seat and make the seat cushion.  I decided to dress it up a bit by making the edge of the cushion pleated.  It turned out super cute, even though it took me forever to sew!!! ( I hate it when I’m almost done a project and run out of bobbin thread!  AHHHH!!!)

IMG_2642The finished project…



IMG_2656Ahhh… Much better!

I have another one similar with green velvet that I think I will try and make a little pretty…Maybe with a printed fabric this time…

Take care!




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9 thoughts on “A Barrel Back Chair…

  1. gorgeous! what a great make over and I love the pleated cushion!


  2. That looks fantastic! And you changed your blog theme! Nice!


  3. An amazing transformation! I especially like the pin-stripe in the caned back…what a great detail! The pleated boxing on the seat cushion looks fantastic too. Great job!


    • Thank you Kristine! I’m not much of a seamstress..self taught so it did take me a few hours to figure out and to sew the cushion. Now that I know what to do it is very easy to make.


  4. Furniture envy – Again!!


  5. […] like the pleated cushion but it takes so long to make the pleats.  I pleated a seat cushion on a barrel back chair as well as made a slipcover with pleats and it makes for a unique piece.  I am also getting waaaay […]


  6. Cynthia Benson says:

    I know that this is an old post, but the way that you do the pleats on the cushion is stunning! So talented!


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Thank you so much Larissa @prodigalpieces for tagging me in today's #trashure fun!  I don't know that this French chair was trash to begin with but it certainly did make its way into being a treasure indeed! This is my most recent makeover!💕#makeover #beautiful #statementpiece #upholstery #frenchchair There are 2 sides to everything and in this makeover too!  Velvety glam on the front and a modern statement in peacock feathers hugging the back!  Soooo pretty! 💕💕#thecuratorscollection #obsessed #sofine #soglam #feathers #velvet #statementpiece #beautiful #makeover #upholstery I am obsessed!! These (there are 2!) might just be the most luxurious chairs I have ever re upholstered! Gorgeous metallics mixed with luxurious fine velvets!  Wait till you see the backside of these chairs!  They will be delivered to their home tomorrow morning!  Can't wait!! #luxury #glamglow #makeover #upholstered #stunning #thecuratorscollection #soglam #sofine #obsessed Okay... here's a peek at the "during" of these two sweet chairs. They were  my client's Nana's chairs and it is my hope that Nana would be pleased with this makeover. #nanaschair #thecuratorscollection #makeover #upholstered #velvet #newlook #soglam #metallic So this is what has been keeping me busy these days... actually there are 2 of them! Without giving away what they look like now I thought I would share what the choices for fabric were first. My client chose the print for the backside and the velvet for the front side with exquisite soft pink velvet for the welting and the arms. I also gave the orange looking wood a glamorous look with some warm silver metallic paint. I hope to share with you soon! I don't want to share the reveal before the owner has had a chance to see them :). #thecuratorscollection #upholstered #makeover #velvet #soglam #mynanas Soooooo this is my current situation.... I'm on sewing machine number three in 2 days and a deadline nearing the end in 4 days! 😬 I SWEAR ITS NOT ME! Lol... hubby is trying to fix mine after bringing me home one from one of his co-worker's wife's ... how sweet is he? 💕huge shout out of gratitude to Mrs. Schafer for helping me in a pinch! 😘🌷#stressfulday #sewing #upholstery #deadlines #sweetpeople #thankyou #gratitude

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