It’s really hard to turn down free stuff, especially when it’s a curvy chair that just needs a little cosmetic work to make it special. So, when my friend Traer brought this to my studio, asking if I’d take it off her hands, I couldn’t say no.
In the flurry of activity, I didn’t get a proper picture before we stripped off the upholstery that it was wearing. It was black tapestry with some purples, creams and green in it. Not my thing.
So, we stripped off the old upholstery (Katie and I took turns working on it) and then I sanded the glossy frame and painted it in two coats of Farmhouse White.
The paint adhered really well, even without the bonding agent, so I didn’t get a lot of chipping, which I was glad for. There is such a large contrast between the dark wood and the white paint that too much chipping would’ve made for a pretty dramatic look.
I did lightly distress the frame and finished it in Hemp Oil. Some pieces I finish and some I leave raw. It just depends on the piece.
I had some woven wheat-colored buffalo check fabric that I ended up not using in my parent’s room makeover and I tried it on this chair. I always lay fabrics over a piece to see how it looks on them. Sort of like holding a piece of clothing up to yourself and checking it out in a mirror before you go through the trouble of trying it on. I loved how the buffalo check looked fresh and updated, but still classic on this antique chair frame.
I trimmed it out with the same braided jute I used on the tufted sofa.
This chair was very similar to the French-style chairs I usually reupholster, but the arms were just a little different. If you have a similar chair that you want to upholster, I made a six part video tutorial series to show how I do it.
Now, I have to admit that I wasn’t in love with the chair at first sight. I felt like the proportions of it were a little off to me.
Well, this curvy girl just needed the right outfit; one that would flatter. Farmhouse White and wheat buffalo check is definitely flattering on her and she has won me over.
And, because of the proportions, it’s a pretty comfy chair. It’d be a great occasional chair in a living room, office or bedroom.
And, did you notice the sampler on the wall? I thought it was so sweet and couldn’t resist picking it up.
The chair, the sampler, the hutch, the stool, everything, will be for sale at the Lucketts Spring Market…