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barrel-back chairs


I bought these chairs back in January from an estate furniture shop.  I loved the shape and, while the upholstery was done well, the fabric was not my thing.  I intended to upholster them myself, but once Ruthie came into my life all of that changed.  I turned over every upholstered piece I had in my queue, including this pair of barrel-back French chairs.

I painted the frames in ASCP Old White (unwaxed) and distressed it with a sanding sponge before putting them in Ruthie’s capable hands.  She found a super heavy duty fabric that looks like burlap, but feels nice and will wear much better.  It was also a nicer fabric for her to work with and it doesn’t stink or shed like burlap.



These chairs look classy, now.


I got so used to doing everything myself, that it’s still feels funny to turn a piece over to someone else.  It feels almost like cheating!  But, when I look at that perfect double-piping, I’m at peace with it.   I still do plenty.



Speaking of Ruthie, here’s a picture she sent me of the “grass sofa.”  She hauled away several heavy garbage bags of dried grass and reinforced the frame.  Ruthie rocks.


Hopefully it’s all covered in the gorgeous cotton hemp fabric I gave her, because she’s delivering it to me tomorrow.  I can’t wait to see it!  I’m headed down to Lucketts tomorrow to set up a tree in my space and put out the rest of my decorations.  And, as a little treat, two of my readers are coming to help, Kerry and Rachael.  It should be a blast…


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