A French Accent Chair


September 2, 2014 by Terry

The other day I decided I was not inspired by anything in my garage and that I was going to go shopping for new projects to work on.  Well… that trip was a complete fail!  While I did come across many good finds, they weren’t “great” finds.  Clearly this was a “sign” that I should just work on the things I already have instead of adding to my pile in the garage.

On my way home I decided to stop and browse the fabric store.  Turns out I didn’t need new furniture projects for inspiration, looking at fabric and the possibility of transforming a chair with it was enough to finally get me going!

I was looking for something fresh and cheerful … this is what I decided on

DSCN3005I love that the colors are fresh but not super bright, almost a little faded looking.

I decided that my little blue French find should have this for her new dress.  The old one had far too many buttons and was all stained up…

IMG_2679This chair needed some cheering up for sure!

IMG_2678I started by removing all the fabric and gave all the wood 2 quick coats of milk paint (with a hint of bonding agent) in the color linen.  I finished it with some light distressing and I decided to dry brush some chocolate stain over her curves.  I’m low on dark wax so this was a quick alternative.  Any place that may have gotten too much stain was easy to fix by sanding it out.  I finished it off with a generous coat of clear wax which I let set overnight before buffing it smooth.

DSCN2990DSCN3006DSCN2989I decided to pullout the gray color in the fabric by using a dark grey trim.  It really makes it pop against the fabric and looks fresh against the white wood.

DSCN2988DSCN2970DSCN3004DSCN3003She turned out so cheery!  Sorry for the dark photos, I took them in the evening and couldn’t get the lighting right for the life of me!

DSCN2996DSCN3002DSCN2991DSCN2993DSCN2967So she went from this…

IMG_2678to this…

DSCN3002Have a great week!



Linking up to:

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Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday

Stephanie Lynn’s Sunday Showcase


12 thoughts on “A French Accent Chair

  1. That’s amazing! Someday you need to show a step by step, please. How long did that take? Seems like seconds…


    • I will try a tutorial someday…I don’t have much patience so once I start I like to keep going and get it done. I’m an instant gratification kinda person…no knitting for me :) Lol! It took a bit longer than it should have as my air stapler konked on me and I had to drive to town and buy a new one. It probably took 3-4 hours at least from start to finish. I’ve gotten fairly fast at it over the last year.


  2. It’s beautiful Terry! You are so talented. Do you have a contact email for your blog? I would like to invite you to join in a blog tour with me but was having trouble finding an email for you. Please let me know if you do :)


  3. crissaclark says:

    Love this chair… pretty!! Well done


  4. KarenAnita says:

    This is just SO beautiful! And I love the fabric you’ve chosen :)


  5. Beverly says:

    Love how your chair turned out. I have a couple of chairs that need to be redone. You are giving me incentive, but it will take more than 3-4 hours for me.


  6. Lovely chair! I recently did one for my bedroom and it came out wonderfully. I love the feminine lines of it. Good choice on the fabric!


    • Thank you Lisa, and thank you for the visit! I have 2 more I’d like to do for my girl’s rooms but I’m waiting until we buy our “forever” home before picking fabric for them.


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