Before and Afters

I thought I would share a few of the before and after pictures of pieces that I have recently worked on.  These I have loved so much that you will see them incorporated into our living space.

When I saw this chair at a local resale shop I really thought it had a lot of potential.   The fabric was stained and dated, but I loved the shape.  I had never reupholstered a large chair before, but I thought I could figure it out.   For some unknown reason I didn’t feel intimidated.  I Googled “upholstering French chair” and found Miss Mustard Seed’s blog giving a step by step tutorial.  Fantastic!  I followed her instructions, she really makes it look easy, and honestly it is!

Resale Shop French Wing Chair Find

removed the piping

primed and painted the frame

stapled on a linen fabric that I had purchased a couple of years ago and tacked leather onto the little arms pads

stapled and tucked front and inside arms with linen

tucked and stapled base of the seat

leather tacked onto the back

I had purchased a big remnant of full grain leather (5 ounce) and the upholstery tacks a couple weeks before to cover a little stool that I had purchased.  The piece was shockingly big and there was plenty left over from the little stool to do the whole back of the chair.  The individual tacks are tricky to work with, they seem to shift at the last second.  I have since started using the tack strips that only use a real tack every fourth tack….but I used what I had for this project.   I don’t sew, so I had the cushion professionally finished and overstuffed with down.

hot glued coordinating gimp over the staples

Happily placed in my family room

notice the little stool, very rough, but I do like it!

leather and tack back finish

Finding Miss Mustard Seeds blog in the process of redoing this chair has really inspired me to take on more and more projects.

My dining room has really benefited from all the inspiration.  Once Miss Mustard Seed (MMS) starting sharing her work with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paints I wanted to try them in this room.  Here are more before and after projects.

before buffet covered with lots of loot I have been finding at resale shops

after - waxed top - painted base with Annie Sloan Paris Grey Chalk Paint

This piece fit perfectly on this little wall too, wanting to keep it!

This next piece I picked up at a Salvation Army in Chicago with the intention of painting and selling.

at the thrift shop, do you see the potential

Finished in Paris Grey and Old White.....fitting perfectly against one of my walls

close up of the door detail

another angle

before dining end chairs

love this top detail

Annie Sloan Paris Grey with grey seat covers

I love the way this room has shaped up.  I have hung the mirrors since these shots were taken.   My daughter, Michelle, suggested that I paint the walls behind the 3 piece unit black to make it pop.  I love that idea and have purchased the paint, I just haven’t found the energy to move everything to get back there.  Painting a piece of furniture or recovering a chair is more appealing for now.  I have it on the list though.  Any thoughts?  I would love to hear your comments.