Friday, September 30, 2011

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG - blue bedroom chair

There will eventually be a second part to this post
as this cute antique chair has a partner.
They were both painted using blue and white chalk paint.


The first thing I did was to remove the trim around the upholstery.
George actually did it while I was painting something else.
Every now and then he likes to help when he can.


I painted the frames in old white first,


then adding a coat of Provence (blue)

I sanded the blue Provence back to expose the old white and the original wood.
I also did a bit of washing with water to lighten and blend the colors,
before removing the velvet upholstery,


 A lot of the nails were removed but some were hammered in.
It all depended whether they would be in the way of the new staples and upholstery.


When I purchased these pieces I knew I was going to use a
white quilted coverlet I'd been keep for the right project.
I also had a handful of cording that I purchased recently
at a yard sale that would go perfectly with it.


Normally this cording I pulled out of the pile would be sewn into a seem
but when I held it up to the project I liked the way it looked.


I love how every aspect turned out especially the quilting against the layer of colors.


Old things do get creaky over time.
So some stiffening did have to be done to the frame with screws and glue.


I added new foam to make them soft and comfy.


The entire frame was waxed before the upholstering was started.


I used the edge of the coverlet to make the skirt around the chair.

I prefer the look of the skirt on the outside of the legs,


It's like she is showing us a little sexy leg from underneath her dress.

Here is her partner,
did you think it was another chair?
Watch for when this majestic guy gets turned into a princess,
as opposed to a frog into a prince!!

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