Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Another pair of Cane Back Chairs: before and after

I picked up another pair of cane back chairs last week. This set is VERY similar to the last set that I had sold. Here is the before... I found one arm chair, and one without arms..

I knew what I wanted to do with the paint finish. And thought I knew what fabric I wanted but I ended up changing my mind once I got to the fabric store! I had a dark grey linen in mind for the upholstery but found a chestnut brown velvet fabric on clearance with a extra 25% off coupon! Score! I love a good velvet fabric and when its on such a deep discount I couldn't pass it up.

I used a buttermilk color milk paint for the base coat. White washed over the base coat, and finished with clear and dark waxes.

I sanded and distressed the frames.

I was worried the dark velvet would be too much so I chose to use an ivory burlap for the chair backs. I'm not a huge fan of using burlap for upholstery because it sheds, usually smells, and is scratchy. But since the backs of the chairs wont get used I thought it was a good way to go. And I LOVE the way it turned out and breaks up the dark velvet.

I'm loving the creamy colored chair frames and rich upholstery. I think they would look so pretty in a breakfast nook...


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  1. Beautiful transformation - the brown velvet looks great with the buttermilk color.

  2. Such beautiful work! I still love your entryway wood and floor. The perfect place to photograph your work!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna

    1. Thank You! The wood work is one of my favorite details about our house... I'm in love with it!

  3. Another beautiful make over! I need you to come and tackle the chairs in my garage for me nice I can't seem to get to them!;) Thanks for partying at my place.

  4. You certainly do beautiful work - very professional.

  5. yummy chocolate....you just do not see this color in much of the makeovers that we as bloggers do...love this and your linen look..wonderful work and very much a pro look...come over and check out a head board I did...first time for this style.

  6. They look fantastic! And I agree with the others, very professional!
    Debbie :)

  7. I'm visiting from French Country Cottage.
    Amazing chair makeover. I love the paint color you used and the upholstery is fabulous.

  8. Amazing transformation of back pain chairs. Love the fabric color you have used to change the look.

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