Thursday, September 22, 2011


A couple days ago I started in earnest on these two pieces of furniture.  
The blue piece is now white and I like it so much better.  It makes the whole room softer.  The chair, however, is deep into a complicated surgery.  I think it's chances are good.  When I got the chair (remember, it was only $9.99!) there was no back cushion, but I think there probably was at one time.  Because there are no marks in the back, it was probably a loose cushion.  Like the lilac print cushion below - just bigger.  These are such great french bergere chairs!
French Laundry Home "La Jolla" Chair Old Hickory Tannery "Olivia" Chair          
So, first . . . 
 . . . I pulled all the upholstery off the chair, took the box cushion apart, and painted a turquoise color here and there on the frame.  That way, when I painted it white and then distressed it, some of the blue would show through.  I'll have some close-ups of that when I get it all waxed.
 Now the frame is painted and the rest is in the raw.  I have some ideas about what I want to do with the seat cushion, arm pads, and back cushion.  This is going to be a fun project!
  The cushion is "down and grey goose feathers".  I knew I would feel better if I cleaned it, so after googling around I felt pretty safe washing it and putting it in the dryer with a few clean tennis shoes.  It turned out beautifully - nice, full, and fluffy.
I'll be covering it in this beautiful, nubby linen.
So, here's the hutch!
So, much better!
Now, to the sewing machine to work on my chair!


Veronica said...

Great job! I even liked the hutch in blue (my fav colour), but the white is fresh! You're braver than me at attacking the chair upholstery! I've never tried and don't think I ever will!

Rhissanna said...

I'm following this with great interest, partly because I'd never dare any upholstery, but also for inspiration for my bergere headboard, which I'm hoping to use to make a boring single (twin) bed into an exotic Victorian daybed.



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