You can probably tell from the picture that this was before I decided to paint the whole house white. It was right when our new life began. I have just discovered this amazing world of repainting and reusing vintage furniture. I really owed it all to Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic books and Marian from Miss Mustard Seed. Oh, how I wanted their beautiful furniture and all those gorgeous French chairs that Marian was reupholstering. I didn't know how or where to even find them. I remember that day vividly. I was driving down my street while talking to my best friend, Jess, about how much I would love to find a French chair of my own. I swear just as that sentence came out of my mouth, I saw one of my neighbors bringing out this old orange chair. I jumped out of the car even before it stopped. Naturally, she came home with me and sat and sat and sat in my hoarding room...until now.
This was my first project for my upholstery class. I might have been a bit overly ambitious. I painted the frame with a coat of chalk paint ® in Old white then used gold glaze and dark wax over it. I chose this gorgeous light blue velvet for the fabric. I LOVE velvet.
I stripped it all the way down to the bone and built it back up. I can now understand why it is so expensive to reupholster chairs. Holy Moly.
Yours truly in action.
Slowly building it back up.
This is after I put "the underwear" back on it.
Now she sits all pretty by my bed. Since I am turning my foot board into a day bed, I needed something extra by the foot of the bed. A pretty shabby chair and a gorgeous Florentine table will do.
I just so adore this little pitcher filled with peonies from our garden.
And of course my dream bed.
Ever changing decors to please my moods.
It truly is the best place to unwind when the last of sun ray sets into the room and sweet lullaby of sleepy birds fill the night air.
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