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Business in the front party in the back

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…That is what Max thinks when he looks at this beautiful French chair.  You will see why when I get to the reveal.

I have had this chair for almost a year now.  It has been moved in and out of the garage getting worked on a little at a time.  Although I love French chairs, some pieces just take a little longer for me to figure out exactly what I want/need to do with them. Patience is key.

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Other than having old torn fabric, rough cane backing, and the little gap by the leg, she was in good condition. Basically, she had good bones and was in need of a makeover.
I stripped off all of the fabric, and painted her in an antique white the first week I brought her home.  Then back to the garage she went.. for months.  You will be happy to know that  I pulled her back out a few weeks ago, and FINISHED giving her the makeover she deserved.
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She gave me fits the whole time.   I picked several different fabrics and trim.  I liked everything that I picked, but something wasn’t working once I paired them with the chair.  After deciding against my first picks I went back to Hobby Lobby.
I’m not sure what it was about this chair, but it took me forever to get it right.  I picked FOUR different trims which I was certain would look great with the fabric.  Just like the fabric I wasn’t satisfied with any of them. One was too thin, one was slightly too dark, one was too white, and I didn’t calculate correctly on the one trim that would have been perfect. (I was in such a hurry that I forgot to add the length of the back).
I then went to Joann’s and was determined to find the perfect trim for this beauty.  You see, I was moving into my bigger booth the next day, and needed to take her with me.  Lucky for me, they had the exact color and thickness that I was hoping for.  I made sure to buy extra just in case I measured incorrectly. 

Lesson learned; slow down – measure twice – shop once!
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When It came to the paint that was a whole other story.  Like I said earlier, I painted her in a beautiful antique white with no distressing.  Well, when I brought her out of the garage for a third time I realized plain white was not her color.  I decided to distress her, and put a dark wax for the topcoat.  While I was roughing the white up I found a delightful bluish-green color hiding under that awful yellow paint.  Hallelujah!!  This is exactly what she needed a little distressing, and a touch of color.

Okay! Enough of what didn’t work, and more about the finished product.

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These cute medallion pins on the side added a nice finishing touch to the extra cushy seat.

I am in awe over this back!  This is one of my favorite fabrics.
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Can you see the bluish-green in the distressing?

My go-to for upholstering is tan or white fabrics.  In spite of that, I had a different vision for this chair.  Why not add a fun detail on the back?  I had a little left over fabric from the custom French chair I did for a friend, and decided to try it out.

I am smitten with this fabric; the colors, the pattern, all of it!

Business in the front party in the back.
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This beauty has already received a lot of love!
Talk about an ego boost; seeing this made my week!!

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Wouldn’t she look fabulous in a nursery?
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Lovely Rubbish

 

 

Rustic Multi-Colored Desk!

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Ashley, one of my friends here in Lubbock is a teacher, and asked me to refinish a desk that was given to her.  The desk was a little funky, but is very sturdy, and in great shape!!  Ashley wanted the desk to be professional, but fun at the same time.  She sent me a few pictures of what she liked/loved, but gave me free reign to do what I thought would look best.  I love having free reign to work on a custom piece.  It definitely makes the process a lot less stressful, and more fun for me of course!

Like I was saying earlier the desk was a little crazy!!
AshleysdeskbeforeShe wanted it multi-colored rustic similar to the picture below.
IMG_4328In order achieve the look she wanted I had to strip the whole desk.  Since there was only ONE layer of paint I thought I would be able to sand the desk, and start painting right away.  Wrong!  Sanding barely took any paint off.  I then resorted to my handy paint stripper. Thinking “this always works” I applied the paint stripper, waited a few hours, and attempted to scrap it off.  Wrong again!!  The paint stripper took off more then the sanding did, but still barely made a dent.  I started getting a little frustrated not being able to figure out how to take the paint off of her desk.  As I was applying another coat of paint stripper I rubbed the paint brush on an area that already had paint stripper.  To my surprise some of the paint came off with every brush stroke that I made where the paint was wet.  Hmm.  Is water what I need to get this stubborn paint off?  Yes!  I ended up using water, and a soft bristle scrub brush.  Worked like a charm!!
IMG_4330So I didn’t get all of the paint off, but luckily for this type of painting it wasn’t necessary.

I now have a beautiful wooden desk; The wood grain on this beauty is unbelievable!!
IMG_3714I really like the way the stubborn pieces of blue paint show through on the top.  This adds a little color to the top without taking away from that beautiful wood grain!!

Picking out the paint was really exciting!  I got to pick out several different colors instead of one or two.  I used twelve different colors on this beautiful desk, sounds crazy right?
IMG_4334The desk did not come with knobs and the previous holes had been semi-filled in.  Time to go shopping!!
IMG_3707At first I pictured beautiful, glass knobs. Max suggested bronze knobs since I was using a dark stain.  When I got to Lowes, these were the first knobs I saw.  They were the perfect size, shape, and a beautiful bronze!

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Here she is – professional and fun!

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I have so many picture’s of this beautiful desk that I want to share, but the post would be way too long.  Be looking for a photo shoot with this rustic beauty, and a tutorial on my rustic painting process!!

 

 

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