Monday, February 7, 2011

It had me at hello ..picture HEAVY!

(picture taken at my parents house)

I have wanted a french chair for a while and when i saw this hidden gem for 10 dollars. It had me at hello! So after a few days of tlc the chair is now a beauty! Its not perfect but im pretty proud of it. its my first chair like this.

This whole chair makeover was inspired by thee amazing miss mustard seed
and the copy me challenge she has the most amazing style and talent for redoing furniture! i really loved the way she does her chairs and the paint technique she used on this chair

If you want to see the beginning process of my chair click here

So after painting it the bright base color i brushed on a grayish white with a dry brush. (i didnt have french grey so i added a little black and a tiny bit of blue to a white paint i had)



.....i went to town with a heavy grit sand paper!

..... i used Ralph Laurens glaze and added a little dark wood stain to it to make it darker to my liking. i bushed this glaze over an area the wiped off with a wet paper towel (dont use a wet towel it will be too rough and wipe your paint off.. opps lol)
then came the use of my new staple gun, i put burlap to create the support for the back of the chair.

.... i put batting in

...cute a piece of drop cloth and stapled away

after stapling both sides of the chair i cute around it.

....added trim with a hot glue gun

before and after!

Here come the pictures! :)

and my little helper :)

im linked up to a couple fun linky party

Copy Me Challenge


Tara Lauren said...

Now THAT is one fabulous chair!

Havilah said...

Leah it's fabulous! I love it! I think the pictures really help see all the work you did. Wish I lived closer ... I would be over in a heart beat to sit in it. ;)

christie f said...

Oh Leah it is magnificent. You should be very very proud I am. Great job.

Marcelle @ Mimi & Mum said...

Absolutely amazing!

Stephanie said...

Hi, I just saw this on MMS challenge and had to tell you what a great job you have done! It really looks beautiful!

leah mari said...

Thank you ladies so much!! It really means a lot!
Havilah I wish we lived closer too :)

heathercaptured said...

I want a chair like that. With toile. I am a toile NUT :) Kudos Leah!

Myriah Grubbs said...

great job!!! i've just been thinking about the bed you did for your room like 15 years ago, and the corner hutch. i love how you go for your passion!!! you're so inspirational!!!

Jen Johnston said...

Really love it a lot! You are giving me some ideas for an antique chair I have from Hawaii. :)

Debbie-- said...

You did it, just like Miss Mustard Seed! It is beautiful!!!
and I love your music!!!

Cindy @ LeChaiseParfait said...

I love how this turned out. I have two that I am working on right now as well.

Tote said...

What a great job you did! I just love it.

_kArLy[*] said...

oh my! i need a crafting side of me to appear, pronto! What a fun blog you have! I love it, and am excited to start catching up on all your posts!

Desiree Guy said...

SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!! I just purchased 2 antique chairs & have been trying to decide what color to do the frames in....I think I now KNOW!

Vintage Home said... the chair and you did an amazing job!....very inspiring!

Tonya said... inspiring! How fun!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

The chair looks fantastic! I passed up two very similar chairs on Craigslist. Now I'm sorry I did.

leah mari said...

thank you all sooo much!
yanet is it to late? are they gone :)

Yana said...


Amber said...

It's so lovely and beautiful! Great job! I think you should win the Copy Me challenge!

Sommer said...

Oooh I love the legs on that chair and you chose a perfect fabric! Thanks again for linking up!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

I love the chair and the makeover! Perfection!

Becca said...

Ah-mazing transformation !! I love it, and wish I'd seen it before repainting a very similar chair plain old white. :( Thanks for sharing! *Becca*

Tammy @ Type A said...

it turned out beautiful. i would love it if you shared this at my party. i have a party that goes from tues-thurs.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely love it!! What a gorgeous chair~ you did a fantastic job on it!! Thanks for sharing this at FNF! :)

Mariaelena said...

This chair is have a beautiful family as well...Happy Monday...

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Simply gorgeous. Love the colors you chose!

kimberly.labate said...

i think it is lovely, i really do, and done so well...with going through the proper time and steps to do a job well done.

i guess it is all a matter of taste.

i love wood and i come across these great blogs with fantastic ideas (like many of yours) but then they also seen to go very heavy on the paint all wood to a non-natural state!

sometimes i just shake my head....i dont quite get this trend of painting perfectly beautiful wood...especially when i think how hard i stuggled with the removal of paint of of my depression era mahogany 10 piece dining set....just to get it back to looking like its beautiful beginning.