Sunday, April 7, 2013

French Provincial Chair Pair

I love French Provincial ANYTHING so I was quick to grab these chairs when I saw them listed on Craigslist.  I wasn't as quick to paint them, though, as they've been sitting in my room for close to a year now.  I will actually kind of miss them because they've become the perfect "catch-all" where I'd throw my clothes when I was too lazy to hang them up!

I finally found some time to paint them this weekend.  I painted them by hand and they were A LOT of work.  There are so many little crevices and the caning was difficult to paint with a brush.  It was worth the effort though; I'm happy with the result.  

I did the first coat in Duck Egg chalk paint...

I then did the second coat in a beige color called Old Ochre.  Next, I sanded both chairs so that the blue color showed through in the "distressed" parts.  

Here are the chairs after their makeover:

Keeping with the French theme, I re-did the seats in toile.

I'm hoping someone will want to take them home!
See "For Sale" section for details.  

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Another Beachy Nightstand

I found another one of these bi-level side tables (what are these called?  And what era are they from?) at a thrift store.  This style is pretty outdated--they look like they belong in a grandmother's house-- but I think they are really cute once they are updated.

I went beach-themed again because I had to cover the leather tops and I had more of this awesome, nautical tissue paper.

I used this tissue paper in this past on the drawer of this nightstand.
I used Mod Podge to decoupage the tissue paper onto the leather, then painted, sanded and waxed the whole piece.  The color is Pure White by Annie Sloan.