Thursday, February 9, 2012

French Inspired Chair... a love story...

Its almost Valentines Day... who doesn't enjoy a great love story this time of year!
You may remember my French Inspired Chair from a few months back. Well, that chair was a "he". 
Just look at him. All handsome and manly.
 A couple weeks ago my mom walked into my house with one of the yuckiest chairs I've ever seen!  She picked it up at a yard sale. 

The crustated food was so bad it had to be sanded off.  I might not be the cleanest person in the world but this I just can't understand!

The seat fabric was tossed and new padding stapled onto the chair bottom. 

There is a good chance I may have just thrown it out if I didn't realize I had one more piece of this french fabric and that this was for sure the girl version of my original French chair!  He had a mate! There were destined to be together!  Ok... enough of that.  On to some beauty shots.

This girl got a newly padded seat and pretty new cover in my last piece of the French fabric.  I wish I knew who made this exact design but I do not.  The chair was sanded, primed, and painted with Sherwin Williams Jogging Path.  A light distressing and then a quick wipe of walnut stain to antique.  I wipe it on with an old t-shirt, let it sit for maybe 30 seconds, and then begin wiping it right back off.   It just richens up the color and I promise you can't mess this up.

Thank you Dear Sweet Mother-In-Law for allowing us to inherit the beautiful antique Secretary.  Also, the books on the shelf were my husbands grandfathers from medical school.  Beautiful, meaningful, and infomative (complete with notes he wrote in them!).

Living room or dining room together as a pair??  This is the question?

Mis-matched dining chairs is the latest greatest thing right?  All these chairs will be getting a coat of paint soon! 

Add a bench with a ruffled slip cover... oooh yes!  Don't mind if I do!

Now... for the best part... this chair was FREE for me!  Even IF I didn't happen to already have all the stuff it still would have cost under $20.  1/4 yard of fabric ($8), tester of paint ($5), called my mother to find out she paid $5 for the chair and whalla... $18 total! 


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  1. I love this chair and I can totally see she is the girl and the other one is definitely a boy! Great job on both of them! Oh, and I adore your light fixture over your dining room table! Did you make that? I'm your newest fan. Please stop by if you get a chance.

    1. Goodness no I didnt make that! Search Alita Basketweave Light. They send 30% off coupons regularly do don't pay full price! I LOVE it!! I am headed over to your blog now!

  2. I just adore your chair. It is simply stunning and I confess I want it. It is awesome as is the price! Thanks for linking up to our party -please come visit me sometime and follow along as I plan to start my first linky party this week and I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  3. love it! and, i do like it in the dining room too!!!

  4. Love the chair! She would look gorgeous anywhere!

  5. It's beautiful now! You certainly were courageous to tackle that seat!

  6. I envy you for having this divine pair of chairs! Every details are beautiful. Visiting from Catch a Glimpse party. With love, My

  7. Gorgeous, Kandi! I love both chairs, but the back on "her" is just beautiful! The fabric you used on both is wonderful ~ I love it. Kudos to you for not gagging at the crustated food!

    visiting from Inspiration Friday! : )

  8. Love the chair!! It really turned out fabulous! I am visiting from Furniture Feature Friday. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love the chair. I like both of them in the dining room as pictured. I'm your newest follower and I would love if you would link up to my little party:

    Hope to see you there!

  10. WOW, i love it it looks beautiful in your gorgeous dining room. you have great style. it would be great if you could link up at my new party at

  11. I love the chair! What a transformation! I REALLY want it, but I'm sure you are not sharing! lol :)

  12. Oh, I forgot to tell you I'm a new follower! Love what you are doing on the blog!

  13. I've got to say--I love the mismatched chairs too!! What a lovely chair! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  14. AMAZING! This turned out FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing at my party!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! XO, Aimee

    PS I'm your newest follower!

  15. You sold me on the living room until I saw it in the dining room! When you mentioned the bench?? Yep, that placed my vote firmly on the dining room. LOVELY job!!

    Thanks so much for linking up!! I'll be featuring your chair tomorrow!!

  16. I love the Secretary can anyone provide any information about age, manufacturer etc. Love it


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