Spring project share

Ok, to be quite honest, that title is a little misleading.  I started the project I’m going to share today several months ago.

I secured these chairs off Craig’s List last fall. The lady said they were from the Copley Hotel in Boston.  She bought them at an employee sale. I went to get just one chair, but couldn’t decide which one, so I came home with all three. (Much to the chagrin of my dear husband.)

 I directed my attention to the one on the right.  I thought it would look great with the computer desk in the common area downstairs.

I started by stripping the layers of paint off and removing the fabric.

 I decided not to completely disassemble the chair to recover the back because overall the upholstery work was in very good shape.  I thought I could paint over the plaid and do something interesting with it.

I painted the chair with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in CoCo. Then a month or so passed before I decided on the fabric. Then it was really cold and I didn’t want to work in the garage.

Here’s a photo of my helper taken while I cut out the fabric pieces sometime in February. You can see he was offering much encouragement. 🙂

Once I had it covered and the back fabric painted Old White to match the desk, I decided that there was too much contrast between the chair and the back.

I mixed some Old White and CoCo together to kind of match the lighter shade in the fabric and then
the chair fell into a decorating black hole.

My vision was to stencil the back with a big monogram D.  I even ordered one and it never came in.  Long story short I ended up ordering a new, even better designed, stencil from Vintage Vinyl.

I was so happy with how quickly it came in and it was perfect! The afternoon the stencil arrived I went right to work.  I was so ready to call this project done.

I must admit stenciling on the chair was a little more difficult than I had anticipated with the curve of the back.  I ended up hand painting in some of the details because when I removed the stencil the last layer of paint (remember I changed my mind and repainted it) came off with the stencil.  I don’t think that would usually be an issue, but I rubbed the adhesive backed stencil with a really heavy hand due to the curve.

Here’s the front of the chair and my helper, Tucker, again. I had to share this photo. He’s just too cute perched on his bed watching me flurry around with the camera. 😉

 Here’s the whole area.

I just love it.  And the spring in this post?  Well, that would be these amazing tulips I cut from my backyard.

Aren’t they gorgeous?  They are a special hybrid that I bought and planted last year to support Breast Cancer.

 I was hesitant to cut them because they were so beautiful and happy looking around our back patio, but with the storm we had coming this weekend I thought I’d get to enjoy them longer if I brought them in.  And I certainly have.

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  • Jennelise
    April 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Gorgeous chair! I love the stencil and your flowers are beautiful!<br />Jennelise

  • Connie
    April 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Your chair is fabulous and frenchy. You&#39;ll enjoy it for many years to come.<br /><br />I live in the deep south where growing tulips is hard to do. We just don&#39;t have enough chill hours in the winter.Yours are so pretty..almost heavenly.

  • Inspired by you
    April 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Looks so good! Just love the stencil!

  • Kahli
    April 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    That stencil is great! I&#39;ve been on the search for a chair like this for my desk I hope to find one.

  • Leslie Davis
    April 19, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Connie, I&#39;m from Louisiana so I understand where you are coming from. It is one of the pleasures of living in the mid-west. It almost makes up for the long winter.

  • Rosemary@villabarnes
    April 20, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I love your chair. Great design.

  • Swimtaxi
    April 23, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Yet another amazing job showing your creative talent.<br /><br />That chair and desk could be in a magazine. STUNNING!

  • ide-puffen
    April 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I just love it. The stencil is great too. <br />Randi


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