Sooo…I’ve been know to rearrange, trade and swap furniture in my house. I’ve always done that, but it’s so much more tempting (and easier) when I have a steady stream of awesome furniture coming into my possession as I’m getting ready for an upcoming antique market. Sometimes I need to love a piece for a while before I send it off into the world. There are other times when I trip across something I’ve been looking for and I know right away that it’s coming to my house.
I have been looking for end chairs for my dining room for a while…over a year, I think. The current end chairs are almost exactly like the side chairs and it looked a little “one-note.” I felt like some really great end chairs would add a lot more interest to the space. It’s the kind of thing that I have kept my eyes out for, but I haven’t found what I pictured in my head.
When these antique French wing chairs fell into my lap, I knew they would be perfect. They are small in scale, but stately and comfortable. Just to make sure my “design gut” wasn’t off, I took a chair home to try it in the space. I really loved the shape and scale with everything else.
I liked how the checked chair turned out and looked in the living room, so I decided to use some of that fabric along with grain sacks to upholster the wing chairs.
I got one of the chairs almost finished (it still needs the welting) and I couldn’t wait to bring it home and see it in the dining room.
It definitely adds more oomph to the space, which was looking a little stark without the curtains.
I am planning to put Hemp Oil on the floors and bring the jute rug back under the table to add another layer of texture.
(I’m trying my hand at live myrtle topiaries. We’ll see how long they last. I’m really going to try, though. Any tips?)
As I said in the beginning, I knew I wanted the French wing chairs right away. The second chairs I’m swapping out involved a bit of angst.
I was totally in love with these French bergere chairs when I got them off of Craig’s List, but I didn’t have any intention of keeping them.
I already have a really beautiful set of bergere chairs that I love.
But, the more thought I gave to my living room and the two pairs of chairs, the more I thought that the new pair might work better in the space. I honestly love both sets and want to keep them both, but there are only so many chairs you can have in one house before it starts to be ridiculous. This is also a business and if I’m keeping something, I need to sell something.
So, I decided to upholster the chairs in grain sacks on the inside and my new favorite checked fabric on the outside…to tie into the ones I’m working on for the dining room. I left the frames dark wood (I added some stain to the chewed up arm and you hardly even notice it now.)
It looks so amazing, so I am going to keep them and sell the other set of bergeres, which I never thought I would do! I am going to redo the old bergere chairs, since they are mis-matched and are some of my earlier upholstery work. They are really nice chairs and I want to give them my best effort for whoever buys them.
I’m on the hunt for a pretty fabric to make pillows for the chairs I’m keeping and some artwork to flank the hutch.
While I had the new chair in the room, I decided to fill the hutch with ironstone and open the doors again. I had them closed through the winter, so I could hang a wreath on the doors, but I really prefer having them open.
And I added a little bit of the checked fabric as a peek-a-boo under the petticoat-turned-pillow-slips on the bolster pillows on each end.
I was planning on doing ticking, but the check just seemed perfect.
Moving furniture around always leads to more, doesn’t it?!
I only did one of each chair, so I can make video tutorials as I work on the other two. I bought a head-mount for my GoPro camera, so I can try making a tutorial from my vantage point. Kriste has to sign a waiver stating that she will not laugh at me as I’m donning the headgear…