Monday, July 7, 2008

Totes & Toile Chair Re-do

Totes & Toile Chair Re-do
Gals, I have found some of the most gorgeous market totes ever on this etsy site here called Sew Gracious! AND she is having a give away (ends the 10th), so run to her blog, sign up for a wonderful free tote, & tell her Steph sent ya!! I just love these!! Especially the chocolate brown & pink damask one!! Imagine that!!

I didn't make a post in time for the 4th, but here is a little pillow I cross-stitched for the occasion ~ I love LOVE decorating with the red, white & blue!

Now, if you are the sort who shudders at re-painting antiques, ruining their resale value, shabbying up stuff, you are hereby warned NOT to continue.........I'll have you shaking in your boots.

On the other hand, if Rachel is your best friend, the people at Home Depot know you by name in the white paint section, & you love pink, green, & toile, chippy white, & ruffles.......forge ahead........

DH & I found 3 of the most awesome barley twist oak (yes, OAK) dining chairs. But I just couldn't abide with the dark finish. And the crumbly fabric & stuffed cushions were falling apart, so imagine my surprise when DH said yes, we could get them & YES!!! I could re-paint them WHITE!!!!!!

This was just the primer, but you can already see what a difference it is making & how it helps bring out the beautiful detailing!
Here is the finished product after .....a) a trip to JoAnn's Fabric Store b) locating WHICH closet my seldom used sewing machine was in & c) another trip back to JoAnn's for MORE fabric......

I used Waverly's Rustic Country Life toile in a lt green / reddish pink pattern, & coupled it with a green/white/pink small cabana stripe discontinued fabric for a little bit of unexpected fun.
Still need to do some paint touch-ups from where the molding was added to the chair backs, & STILL have 3 more kitchen chairs to re-do that I will mix & match with these, but for a girl who doesn't really sew, I feel very proud that I got this accomplished (AND that DH didn't staple my foot to the floor while helping me attach the ruffles!)

Next on the to-do list is to re-paint the kitchen table white. I'll show more pics when it is all finished.



Jan & Tom's Place said...

Beautiful...I like the unexpected ruffled stripe under the chair.

I have a bunch of painting to do, too!


ps...thanks for the visit and of course, you are entered in the TEA PARTY tomorrow!!!

The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Ok, the tote and flag are really cute but OH! Stephanie those chairs are TDF!! They look lovely white and I esp. like the striped skirt. Bravo!

Connie said...

Ooooooooooh, my dear sweet sister, they turned out FANTASTIC!! I LOVE them, Lucy. Now I just have to get hubs used to the idea that our dining table (oak) is GOING to be white this year!! Prayers puhhhhhleeeeeeze!!
Smoochies for our mum,
Connie said...

Perfect!!!! And that skirt just sets it all off so well.

Vanessa Greenway said...

Wonderful chair re-do!! Love it!! Vanessa

Nonie Mae.... said...

Those chairs turn out beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog.. Where are you at in Texas?

vickie said...

Steph, I LOVE the chair re-do, especially the ruffle! Great job!
love, vickie

rosechicfriends said...

What a wonderful improvement to those dark chairs you made. LOVE, Love, that are so creative girl!!!

Love ya..Lorena

celestina marie said...

Steph, WOW the chairs painted in shabby white are gorgeous and your fabric looks amazing on them. You did a beautiful job with the unexpected skirt. Really a wonderful touch. You are so very talented and have such a great eye for the details. The combination is awesome together. I can't wait to see the table. I love barley twist furniture. What a great find!
hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

wow,what a transformation you did on that chair.

Charmingdesigns said...

Love love love your chair. Laurie

Rue said...

Hi Stephanie :)

It took a while, but I finally found the chair post you mentioned. They turned out beautiful! I love that toile :)


june@craftyniche said...

Wow, that looks amazing! I may have to repaint my Queen Anne table and chairs. They are way too dark for my kitchen!