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.