Friday, October 18, 2013

Outdated French Dining Chair Makeover With Chalk Paint & Ballad Bouquet Fabric

I have been busy finishing up some of the final details for the kitchen reveal. 
Back in the spring time I found four of these french chairs. Two will end up in the dining room when I get a chance to make them over. One of them is for the kitchen at our built in desk area. The chairs were in perfect condition. They just needed to be updated.
The first chore was to deconstruct the chair. This was my first time attempting an upholstery job on my own so I was nervous. I made sure to  take pictures of each and every step before ripping everything off so I could refer back to the pics when putting the chair back together. Trust me this was a life saver!
It took me about an hour and half to get the chair down to this point. Thankfully the seat was in mint condition so I did not have to do anything to it.
After I deconstructed the chair the next chore and the easiest was to paint the chair. Here is what the finish looked like. Very yellow and dated.
I dry brushed on a few different colors of chalk paint I had on hand to achieve a time worn finish. Very simple to do and only took about out 30 minutes.
Covering the seat of the chair took a bit longer, right at around three hours. Part of that was a learning curve from using my air compressor staple gun myself for the first time. Usually The Hubster is in charge of the gun. If you are going to be doing upholstery work on a regular basis I recommend investing in an air compressor with the nail gun and staple gun attachments. I first attempted to attach the fabric with my electric stapler and it was not strong enough. The staples refused to go in the wood. You can get a really great deal on one around Thanksgiving. I think we paid about $75 for ours a few years back when it was on special for Thanksgiving.
The back of the chair was the most challenging part for me.   This is where the pictures I took as I deconstructed the chair came in to major play. All in all I would say that this chair makeover took me about 10 hours. Hopefully now that I have completed this chair the next three will go by more quickly. 
The fabric I chose to use on the seat is Ballad Bouquet by Waverly. I dug it out from my stash of fabrics but I found that you can purchase it here
I am obsessed with Buffalo Check so of course I had to use some on the back of the chair. I purchased it from Ikea!
The trim I chose is a jute trim purchased from Hobby Lobby and hot glued on. 
I can not wait to show y'all how it looks in the kitchen! Off to sew a few curtain panels and then the kitchen will be ready for its photo shoot.

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44 comments:

  1. I've been following your update photos on FB and am glad you posted the whole thing! Love it!! The seat fabric is beautiful!

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  2. I love it, Pamela. Ikea had that buffalo check. Who knew?

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  3. Stunning Pam!! I have a chair that I need to do and you give me courage!! Beautiful work!

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  4. Your chair is gorgeous Pamela! I love both fabrics. Well done!

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  5. I love those chairs. I re-did some second-hand chairs for our dining room over the summer, so I can appreciate all the work that went into yours. Beautiful job.

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  6. Georgeous. Thanks for the tips. I've always wanted to try upholstery because I am obsessed with picking up chairs from tree lawns and yard sales but am afraid I will get frustrated and it wont work.

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  7. thanks for all the tips. can't wait to see the kitchen.

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  8. That chair turned out really nicely, especially for your first attempt! I have tried a little upholstering myself, and I have the utmost respect for those who do it so well. Can't wait to see your kitchen!

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  9. Wow! You did a fantastic job. Thanks so much for sharing. I've always wanted to try upholstering. Love the buffalo check fabric.

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  10. You did a fabulous job, Pamela. I love those two fabrics together!!

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  11. So pretty Pamela! And upholstering with lines in the fabric is tough! x

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  12. Pamela, you did a fabulous job! I love the floral and checks together. I also have this same floral print and have been nervous to paint and change the fabric on chairs from my Aunt. You have given me the inspiration to just go for it. I love this look!

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  13. I knew I was going to be madly in love when you revealed the finished chair! Awesome job!!

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  14. Love the chair and I adore buffalo checks too. This look so pretty and I love, love, love that you mixed up the floral and check. Fabulous. Can't wait to see the kitchen. Hugs, Marty

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  15. The chair is great, Pamela! What good luck finding four of them. Love the fabric you used. I'm looking forward to seeing your kitchen reveal!

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  16. Absolutely fabulous Pamela! Especially the rope detail! Great job!

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  17. Oh Pam it looks lovely. So, so pretty!!

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  18. She's beautiful Pam, well worth all your efforts! Love your fabric choices too.
    Your "new" blog look is wonderful, so fresh...love it!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  19. The chair is gorgeous Pamela, love the fabrics and trim, can't wait to see your kitchen!

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  20. I love the seat material but not the back. You did a great job and hope to see more soon. Keep up the good work.

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  21. Pamela,
    It looks fabulous. I love the chair. Hurry up I want to see the reveal!!!!
    Kris

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    1. Oh it turned out so beautiful!!! it was definitely worth the time!!!

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  22. Oh Pamela, you rescued that chair and absolutely gave it a better life than it has ever seen!! Love your fabric choices!! Amazing job!!

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  23. Your chair turned out so pretty! Loooove the floral fabric!!

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  24. Your chair is beautiful; what a transformation. I, too, love buffalo check and I made drapes with the floral fabric, so obviously, I love your fabric choices! Great job.

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  25. LOVE LOVE those two fabrics together Pamela!! You did a beautiful job recovering that chair!!

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  26. Beautiful! I love your fabric choices!

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  27. Love this! What color/type of paint did you use? I saw a dining room similar to this at an antique store for only $500...thinking about going to get that and transform it!

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  28. Pamela, Your chairs are magazine worthy! The first glimpse of them and I said, Ohhhh, outloud! You really did masterful job! Wonderful post! Now I'm off to pin!

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  29. Upholstery...you're my here! LOL Looks awesome!

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  30. Oh my goodness! This is my favorite chair style. The buffalo checks make my heart sing. You did a fabulous job! You should be very proud. Upholstery takes so much patience.

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  31. Pamela this is just beautiful!!! I love the fabric and the paint treatment. PINNED!!!!

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  32. Beautiful job Pamela!! It's gorgeous and I love the fabric combo! :-)
    Vanessa

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  33. Holy cow....gorgeous transformation Pamela! Love that fabric too!
    xx
    Anne

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  34. What a huge difference. It is beautiful.

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  35. Beautiful update! I'm hosting a fall wreath giveaway that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-fall-wreath-giveaway.html

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  36. You are brave -- I didn't know exactly how the inside of that kind of chair back looked under the pretty fabric. Now that I know, I don't think I am going to tear one apart! Your chair looks beautiful and you did a wonderful job.

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  37. Wow! I love this chair. The fabrics are simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the how to's.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  38. Beautiful chair, I love your fabric choices. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  39. Your chair is GORGEOUS!!!! You did an outstanding job!!! I love the B. check.

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  40. Absolutely beautiful! I don't think I would have had the patience to pull that off. Good job!

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