Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Neoclassical Chair Makeover

Back in February I purchased this Neoclassical chair from the same lady that I purchased the frenchy chairs that are in our office. She showed it to me and I was intrigued. I sat in it and it felt like I was sitting on a board but I knew it had possibilities so home it came.

This is the true color it was. Ekkk! Rather scary indeed.

And here it is today after a month and a half. I started it at the tail end of February and piddle with it on and off. Thats just how I roll.

When I was taking the pleather fabric off the cushion I found three others below it that were just as unattractive. I decided to spare ya those!;) Underneath all of those  there was not one piece of cushion to be found. No wonder it felt like I was sitting on a board.  I fluffed it up and used a drop cloth to recover it since it has the most fabulous soft feel to it after it is washed. I was wanting to do a bit more and was thinking of painting red stripes down the center to make it look like a grain sack but then I remembered I had some chair webbing and put that down the middle instead. 

I used Paris Grey and Vintage White and then highlighted areas with gold Rub-n-Buff. The Rub-n-Buff was one of the most tedious parts about the chair since you have to be extremely careful on where you put it because it will not come back off. If I had messed up I would have had to repaint. 

I finished it off with clear and dark wax. My favorite clear wax is CeCe Caldwell clear wax and my favorite dark wax is Fiddes & Sons. 

Here you can see some of the gold highlighting and two tone paint.

I really enjoyed the challenge of making over this chair. It was my second attempt at upholstering and left me tell ya it wears on your hands big time! I am not sure I could do an upholstery job much bigger than a seat cushion. It would take me an entire year instead of a month a half!;)

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37 comments:

  1. Great job Pamela, it is so pretty! What a fabulous idea to use chair webbing as an accent to the drop cloth, it really gives it that grain sack effect!!!

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  2. Looks great, Pamela!! I totally do the same thing when I do paint jobs sometimes I finish them quick and other times it takes me a few weeks. :)

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  3. What a beautiful chair - love how it turned out. I love your new blog header too btw!!

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  4. Looks great Pamela! Adding the cushion makes the chair look so comfy now. Enjoy your day, Gail

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  5. You did an awesome job, Pamela! I like the idea of adding the upholstery webbing!

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  6. What a great chair and now it is even better. I love what you did with it Pamela...just gorgeous!!!
    Have a great day!!!

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  7. Pamela, mthe chair came out great. I love, love the pillow!

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  8. It's beautiful! I especially love the webbing. That adds a lot. Hope ya'll are not in the really bad weather that I am reading about?

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  9. Another great find and makeover Pamela. you did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. That turned out beautifully, Pamela! I love that the drop cloth fabric is more white than that oatmeal color, too.

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  11. what a beautiful result! I love the lines of that chair =)

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  12. What a great chair and the new colour is so much fresher and prettier. You found a great piece, Pamela. Thanks for inspiring me to keep an eye out for chairs with similar shapes.

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  13. Pamela, I love the chair makeover. Great job and love your new blog look, too.

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  14. Hi Pamela,
    You did a fantastic job on your chair. I love the cushion and the paint color!
    Mary Alice

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  15. So pretty Pamela! What a nice makeover!!

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  16. Lovely chair and I love the stripe - well done!

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  17. Pamela I LOVE this chair!! Great makeover girl, you did real good!! Love how you added the jute down the middle. Beautiful job!!

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  18. So amazing! Love the drop cloth paired with the chair webbing. Genius! And the paint finish is spot on.

    You piddled it perfect ...

    :)

    Linda

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  19. Pamela,
    Let me say just one thing....LOVE that seat!!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  20. Wow...what an amazing transformation. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  21. Pics look awesome! Love the paint colors and the gold rub & buff highlights nicely! I also adore that pillow!! Great job!!

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  22. Gorgeous job Pamela!
    I love the way you painted this chair... looks so authentic!
    I am a new follower.... thought I was already, but I fixed that. And I put your gorgeous blog on my blogroll!
    Yvonne

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  23. Good for you for even finishing an upholstery job. I think your chair looks fantastic - I especially love the soft colour you painted it.

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  24. Pamela...you turned that chair into a a masterpiece...I am sure it looks wonderful in your room...great job!!

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  25. Awesome job!
    ... the chair looks fab :)

    Easter greetings from Australia♥

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  26. Very pretty and I love how you did the seat!! Amazing what a difference it makes to basically an unusable piece before!

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  27. What a beautiful makeover! I really like the new look!
    Meegan

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  28. What a gorgeous chair Pamela! WOW, you really did a great job on it. I love neoclassical!

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  29. Reallly nice. You did a fine job.

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  30. Pamela, love the new look of the old chair! And that pop of red is fun!

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  31. Pamela,
    I think I already told you I adore this chair!! It's exactly what I was thinking for my office chair! Love the webbing - the perfect accent.

    I've never upholstered anything so need to start small (hopefully it won't take me 6 weeks to finish - but I'm sure it will)!

    Pinning this baby!
    Kelly

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  32. one of my favorite transformations!

    hope you'll stop by my blog where i'm hosting a great giveaway:
    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-giveaway.html

    smiles.

    michele

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  33. Love how you used the jute webbing on the chair, and that grey color! It turned out divine! Thanks for linking up to the RRR party, we'll be sharing on our facebook page!
    Whitney - The Rooster and The Hen

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  34. Love it Pamela!! Thanks for linking up at FNF :)

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  35. Hi Pamela! Gorgeous transformation! I love all of the detail work you put into this fabulous chair! Thanks for sharing!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  36. Hello Pamela!!

    You did such a great job on the chair. It went from being so plane to fabulous!!

    Pamela
    Pamluvspink@gmail

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