11.3.14

Dreaming in Fairy Tales French Settee

Oh Spring, where art thou? Really where are you?  The tropical girl in me is done...D.O.N.E with this winter.  Usually I have so much energy.  I just keep on moving and moving.  My working time starts after 8 when everyone is in bed and I can do my projects in peace.  Now I am in bed at 8.  I feel guilty about not working on my projects but I can't seem to push myself...sign... : / Anyway, this is what I have been working on.  I can honestly say this is th fanciest thing I own.





  She wasn't always Fancy Nancy.  I found her on craigslist and B got it for my birthday.  This is her before we found each other.  The fabric needed serious cleaning.




First I thought I was going to reupholster her but even if I do it myself it would still costs me hundreds.  I wasn't ready for it yet.  So I decided to paint her with ASCP.  A big risk since I love her so much.  I still plan to reupholster her when I can afford it.  In the mean time, Hello, Pretty.  Where have you been all my life?







There are a lot of tutorials on how to paint fabric.  It actually is pretty simple.  I mixed 50% of Old white with 50% of water.  I sprayed the fabric first before painting it.  It helped the paint spread better.  It took three coats to get the look I wanted.  I let it dry 24 hours between each coat.  Here is what I learned.  The settee has this really pretty embroidery and I realized no matter how many coats of paint I paint, it will still show through.  So the smoother fabric will probably work better.



It also feels like leather.  So this isn't where I would want to lie down with a good book for hours.  This would be a great statement piece. Got fur babies? Keep them away.  Now, I got three fur babies and every time they jump on it, I can see their nail marks.  It's not that obvious but if you are OCD like me, you WILL see it.  All in all, I love how she turned out.  For the price of one paint can, I got the look I wanted.



 I made pillow cases out of coffee sacks.  The settee looks too pretty without the pillows.  The girls are very excited for their "princess chair."  I think the grandness of the chair is balanced out by delicate flowers.
















Well, Princess Chair, Welcome Home.  I think you will like it here.

Love,
Victoria


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31 comments:

  1. Wow, I had no idea it was even possible to paint fabric! You learn something new everyday! I think it looks gorgeous and hopefully you can get eventually get it upholstered so your girls can enjoy the "princess chair":)

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    1. Thank you, Victoria. It was a fun project. The girls are already loving the chair. It actually feel like an outdoor furniture and the paint doesn't rub off on clothes either.

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  2. Oh my goodness, what an fabulous piece. I love it. It looks totally amazing. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  3. She's gorgeous! And so is everything surrounding 'her'. Just so very L.O.V.E.L.Y.

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  4. She is just fabulous, what a great paint job you did, and absolutely love the gold trim. Did you have to remove the tacks? How did you work with them?
    Jeannie

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    1. Jeannie, I didn't remove the tacks to save time I painted over them then went over them with gold wax. By the end of it, I couldn't move my fingers anymore so I don't know if I really save any time by not removing the tacks.

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  5. I'm in love with your new settee. It turned out so pretty with the colors you painted her. A very beautiful French addition to your home! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays this week!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  6. Love this! I really like the idea of the painted fabric...and you obviously did some kind of technique on the wood frame as well, which is lovely.

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  7. Really gorgeous! I would not know your piece had been painted. Good job! ~Audrey @ http://eleganteconomies.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks for sharing this beautiful thrifty makeover at my party...it looks OUTSTANDING!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  9. LOVE the gold. And you did an amazing job painting the fabric. Your blog design is adorable! I'm your newest follower.

    Linking from Mod Mix Monday,
    Ricki Jill

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  10. It truly is a work of art! I would not change a thing!
    Did you wax it too? I wonder if that would make it less vulnerable to scratches and OCD hysteria?! Maybe you could tuck a matelassé quilt over the cushions or around each individual cushion for more wearability? I use Duct tape. Don't tell anyone!
    I just said I wouldn't change a thing then I proceeded to tell you how to change it. LOL!

    xo

    Andie

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  11. Wow, that is some transformation. It doesn't even look like the same sofa. You did an amazing job. Love the pictures. They are truly beautiful. I am your newest follower. I hope you can follow back.

    Janet

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  12. Another gorgeous and very successful project Victoria. Love how it turned out for you!!
    I'll be featuring 'Princess' at Shabbilicious Friday tomorrow.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  13. HI,
    I just saw your feature on the Shabbilicious linky party and came right over. Love your blog and I'm your newest subscriber! I look forward to your future posts.
    Have a fabulous day!
    Julie

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  14. Victoria,
    I adore the transformation a can of paint made to your lovely settee!!!
    I have a chair that I'm wanting to paint,too!!!
    You may have just inspired me to take the plunge!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  15. This is STUNNING! I love it. You did such a fantastic job and I love the pillows too. I have yet to try painting upholstered furniture but I think you've convinced me.

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  16. This is just gorgeous, Victoria! It will be featured on The Scoop this coming Monday night. Thank you for linking up!

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  17. It's beautiful! And thank you for sharing your impressions with how the chalk paint on fabric went. I have been wondering about that process and looking for someone to share an honest appraisal of the process. It's very helpful information. Beautiful photos!!

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  18. Beautiful!!! Truly a couch suitable for a princess. ;)
    Thanks for linking up at Project Inspire{d}....I'll be featuring it on Monday night!! :)

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  19. I'm painting a pair of chairs right now - but I have to tell you, yours is spectacular beyond belief - holy cow - what an amazing transformation -
    I see a LOT of features in your future :)
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    xxx

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  20. Just beautiful! You did a fantastic job on everything...fabric, wood, tacks. I love your blog's design; anything French grabs my attention. I am now following and hope you will hop over to Botanic Bleu for a visit.

    Judith

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  21. What a stunning transformation! It is beautiful. I'm featuring it in this week's Power of Paint Party!

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  22. How in the world did you do the gold? It is lovely with all the color variation. Please share your secret.

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    1. Hi Vicky, I first white washed the frame. Then I used Rub and Buff in antique gold...it is a small tube but I only used one and a half tubes for the whole chair. This is the most time consuming part since I had to use a small brush to paint over the whole frame. Then I used even smaller brush to go over the tacks. When everything is dry, I went over the whole frame with dark wax. I had to use a lot of dark wax to get the look I want. Hope this helps!

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  23. Victoria, it is beautiful! I painted my living room sofa for the very same reasons you did, and plan to upholster it myself when I have time - using drop cloths, probably.
    -Revi

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  24. Victoria, Congrats! You'll be featured this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays this week. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  25. This is simply gorgeous! What a transformation! Beautiful blog too~found you at Nitas party, this french sofa is right up my alley. Love the gold work and the sofa paint job.

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  26. Amazing transformation! Makes me want to go out and get me one just like it so I can paint it like yours... not that I need a sofa but thats another story :p

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  27. Fancy Nancy is gorgeous! The gold finish rather than the dark, dark wood makes an amazing difference. Beautiful job, Victoria!

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