Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bold Aqua Chair-bare bones to beauty!


I have a customer who has a shop and she was doing a bold window display and needed a chair re-done.  She gave me the fabric and then asked me to make the chair beautiful.  I love it when a clients lets me have freedom to do a piece the way I see it in my head. 
Before:

It was a chair with great bones, but that was about it.  I took out the springs because I wanted to make a new seat.  
I mixed up a batch of home-made chalk paint in an aqua blue and painted and waxed the chair.  The hardest part for me was making the seat and cushion.  I am not an upholsterer, but I am good at figuring things out.  I cut 2 boards to fit over the seat frame and nailed them down.  The next step was cutting some foam I had to the shape of the seat.  I then covered the foam in batting. 

I cut the fabric to the approximate size of the seat making sure the main print was centered on the cushion.  Stapling was the next step and then trimming off the extra fabric.  The last step was to glue on some trim.  I delivered the chair to the store and put it in the front window display.  I got a call about an hour later that the chair had sold!  Amazing! 




















69 comments:

  1. Not surprised it sold so quickly! Who would not want it? Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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    1. Thank you Linda--I like the bold colors!

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  2. Don't you LOve it when all that work and vision is immediatly appreciated by a paying customer! You did a great Job I love love it....and Love the grab and growl attitude You have inspired me.! Red Tin Inn

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    1. Thank you Sheryl-I like a challenge when it comes to being creative! Its fun to try and figure a problem out and then have it turn out beautiful! I grew up on a ranch and when things needed to be done or fixed you just figured it out and fixed it.

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  3. I am not surprised! This looks fantastic. I love the fabric. Can you tell me your source?

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    1. Thank you Ellen--The fabric is called Portobello Vase and I think it is by Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation). Al least that is what is printed on the sides of the fabric. It is linen and stunning!

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  4. Now that is a beautiful chair!! The color..the fabric...everything is gorgeous. I have been taking an upholstery class for a few months now and they are teaching us "the old way". It takes forever! I think I am going to get a staple gun and an air compressor and start doing my own projects at home.

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    1. Thank you Victoria--I love how things turn out after being upolstered but I hate the staples! I am learning as I go, but a class would help I bet.

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  5. This is a gorgeous chair. What an inspiration.

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  6. I love the chair makeover! It turned out fantastic. I think you're brave to build a new seat! I haven't tackled that before. Pinning.

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    1. Thank you-it was my first building of a seat and then upholstering but I am glad I figured it out!

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  7. The chair is gorgeous!! Love the fabric, the color you chose to paint it...and even the little wreath you used to style it!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you Mary Alice--I am liking to bold colors of the chair and wanted to make it eye catching for the window display!

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  8. Awesome! ♥♥♥ the chair...

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  9. OMG!!! I love love love this! That fabric!!!! I adore it!!!! This would fit right into my living room!!!!! So beautiful!!!

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  10. Thanks Nita--I love the fabric too--I made some pillow as well out of it (linen).

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  11. Cute fabric choice! Bold but perfect for the soft chair color.

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  12. I'm not surprised that it sold in an hour - it's really lovely!

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  13. So very pretty!! It matches the fabric so nicely!! :) Happy day to you! xo Holly

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    1. Thank you Damita--love the fabric too and have a great week!

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  14. I love this fabric so much! Great job.

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    1. Thank you Mindie--it is gorgeous fabric!

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  15. Absolutely beautiful. Your paint choice and fabric are perfect! Would love for you to join Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday on Kammy's Korner.

    www.kammyskorner.com

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  16. What a lovely colour! The chair looks spectacular!
    Jennelise

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  17. I love what you have done! I would have bought the chair, given the chance.
    Rachel

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    1. Thank you Rachel! It did turn out very pretty!

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  18. This chair is simply stunning! I don't know what I love more, the "bones", the color you painted the chair or the gorgeous fabric! I'd be thrilled if you linked this beauty up to my Creative Ways Link Party that's live right now. Hope to see you there!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. Thanks for bringing this beauty to my party! I can see why everyone is in love! Hope to see you again this week!
      Blessings,
      Nici

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  19. This chair is SO lovely! I love the color of aqua you painted it and the fabric is so fun and cheerful! Please come share at our link party going on now! http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2014/05/link-it-or-lump-it-party-number-38.html

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    1. Thank you Amy! I think the fabric a is fun too. Tried to join your party, but wan not able to.

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  20. Absolutely stunning! You have an extremely creative eye, and huge talent to implement it!
    Is it at all possible to share the name of the fabric. LOVE IT ALL!

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    1. Thank you! I am blushing...... Your compliment has made my day!!! I think the fabric is by Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation). Al least that is what is printed on the sides of the fabric. It is linen and stunning! I have used it for plows too and have more.

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  21. What's not to love? Gorgeous paint color and fabulous fabric! I have a ton of those springs that I need to figure out what to do with. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    1. Thank you Alison--love your new hairdo by the way!

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    1. Thank you Daneille! Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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  23. Yay for a quick sale! And no wonder, that chair is stunning!

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    1. Thank you Sharon-I like quick sales too!

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  24. Your chair turned out magazine worthy - how over the top gorgeous !!!
    Congratulations on your feature from Savvy Southern Style - sooooo well earned ♥

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    1. Thank you Suzan--the fabric is so great and it was nice to be featured!

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  25. You did a wonderful job on that chair. Love the color and especially love the big, bold print centered on the chair. Great job!

    Judy

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  26. Wow..these are unbelievably wonderful....I really liked those chairs and they are great example of classic furniture for sure. !!!I live in Australia and do contrasting colors but after going through the color combination for the chairs, I am one of your fans.

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  27. This is just adorable. I love the new seat. It just says HAPPY all over! Thank you for sharing at Redouxinteriors :)

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  28. Amazing! So beautiful, we featured this week at Ivy and Elephants. Feel free to drop by and grab a featured button.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  29. I hopped over from Savvy Southern Style, I absolutely love what you have done to this chair from the clever paint technique and colour to the fabulous fabric, your client must have been thrilled.

    Lee :)

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  30. Classy and fun. And turquoise. What a winner of a DIY MAKEOVER CHAIR!

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