…but ended up getting one anyway.
It took me months to get the nerve to rip the beautiful Pierre Deux fabric off of this chair…
I loved the colors, the pattern and the upholstery was done very well. There were a couple problems with it – it didn’t work with my Farmhouse White theme for the Lucketts Spring Market and the fabric was faded at the back and a little dingy. You don’t really notice it in the pictures, but it looked tired.
It was still hard for me to rip it off, so I had Kriste start on it while I worked on something else.
When I started putting the chair back together again, with pieces cut from an antique hemp sheet and ticking, I was at peace with the decision.
The chair is still its pretty, Frenchy self, but it feels fresher; less fussy.
I finished it off with the same braided jute trim I’ve been using on everything lately! It saves me from sewing double-welting, which is awesome, and it fits perfectly with the theme.
I also decided to add a tack detail on the trim. I like how it framed out the simple hemp fabric.
The ticking was off of an old pillow case and I had just enough for the back and arms.
The wood frame and carved detail is so pretty, so I left it as is. I have a lot of painted pieces in the space and I like to balance that out with some warm woods.
I upholstered and trimmed the chair when I was in the studio by myself, so the next time Kriste was in, I asked if she had seen it and if she liked it. She spoke in sentence fragments. Something like, “I can’t. I just.. I can’t even look at it…”
In Kriste-speak, that means she really loves it.
The studio right now is packed with furniture and finds from my recent shopping trips, craigslist finds and pieces Jeff built for me. It’s beyond nuts, but I’m not planning another shopping trip for 2-3 weeks to give us a chance to catch up on all of the furniture, pricing, etc.
Get ready for a lot more makeovers…