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Sunday, February 17, 2013

La Petite French Chair


Hello Again From the French Hen's Nest


  Have you ever seen a small french chair with no seat, no back, just hanging on a wall?  I love that look, unfortunately I don't have a space big enough to do that.  But, when I spotted my chair sitting in the rain, that vision ran through my mind. 








So I grabbed it, soaking wet, green vinyl and all.  I let it sit around for a couple of weeks to dry out, and then removed the green seat.  Underneath the seat was  horsehair and springs.  I was surprised!  Fortunately the springs and horsehair cover were in great shape, so I just removed the vinyl and foam.  Then I let it sit around while I contemplated how to upholster it.

  Well, creative juices hit me Friday, I had to do something with that chair, and I had to do it then.  So I decided that  since I liked the look of the grain sack cloth upholstery, I would do that.  Too bad, I didn't have any on hand. So I decided to use canvas to cover it, I bought a canvas drop cloth, took it home and was ready to go. 

   First, I dry brushed the chair with a flat white paint, it looks like chalk paint, which is a look I like. 

Before

 













 I cut foam to fit the seat, then I cut the canvas seat out, and painted a blue stripe down the middle.   Once stapled on to the chair, I really liked the way it looked.

Stapled and trimmed
Material stapled
                      
I had a hard time deciding what trim to use to cover the staples.  Then I had a brilliant idea, I decided to use the finished edge of the drop cloth to make the trim.  I cut an inch wide, four foot piece of trim, and stapled it just above the staples on the seat cover.  Once on all sides, I took a brush and painted glue all around the chair.  Then I pulled the trim down that I had attached, and pressed into the glue for the finishing touch.   Now I have an extra little chair to use when I have more company than planned for or just to look at. Voila' here it is. 


Trim attached


   I decided to leave the back open, it is very comfortable like this.  What do you think of  La Petite French Chair?



Till Nest Time,

Jeannie

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43 comments:

  1. I love the chair especially the stripe on the seat. It turned out so elegant.It will look great wherever you choose to put it.

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    1. Thank you Georgia, I happy that you like my chair. And thank you for the visit.
      Love,
      Jeannie

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  2. Love it! I just acquired 2 French cane back chairs and I will be painting them tomorrow with Chalk Paint. I did the table and it looks great.
    xoxo,
    Connie

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    1. Hi Connie, Lucky you, sounds like fun to me. Looking forward to seeing it.
      Thank you so much.
      Jeannie

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  3. I'm so glad you rescued this treasure. It looks lovely, no back and all. Great job!

    Warmly,
    Meredith

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  4. Thank you so much Meredith, I knew it would become a treasure when I saw it. Thank you for stopping by, I'm going to go see what you've been up to lately. Have a great day.
    Jeannie

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  5. Very pretty! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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    1. Hi Mariel, Thank you so much for stopping by, and your nice comments. Think I'll pay you a
      visit now.
      Jeannie

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  6. Love your chair!! Fabulous job! Visiting from Transformed Tuesday. :)

    Kathy
    www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

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    1. Kathy, thank you so much for stopping by, so glad you like my chair.
      Jeannie

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  7. Wow, you are talented! I'd love to be thrifty and upholster old furniture by my previous attempts have never been very successful.

    Thank you for stopping by A Typical English Home - I'm following you on GFC now :)

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    1. Hi Angela, Thank you so much. You should give it try agin, most chairs are easy,
      but this one required a little more work because of the springs. I'm not great at it, but I keep doing it.
      Hope you're having pleasant weather today, it's really nasty here in DC.
      Jeannie

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  8. This chair has great bones. And I love the simplicity of the upholstery. Great job!

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    1. Hi Denise, Thank you so much, I love chairs with character. Glad you liked the simple upholstery.
      Thank you for your comments, and for stopping by. Think I'll pay you a visit now.
      Jeannie

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  9. Hi Jeannie,
    Your little chair is adorable! I am amazed at what you gals come up with!
    I have stopped by to let you know that I am featuring your Tablescapes Seminar post from last week's HOME party. Yours and another tied for the most clicks. Congrats, my friend! Hope you're having a wonderful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  10. Nice find! I love what you've done with it! ~Kristie

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    1. Hi Kristie, Thank you so much, I appreciate your comment and visit.
      Jeannie

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  11. What an amazing makeover of your curbside find!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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    1. Thank you Carol, glad you liked my chair, appreciate your comment and your visit.
      Jeannie

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  12. It is really endless isn't it! Love your idea.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment and your visit.
      Jeannie

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  13. what a great idea to save that little chair.

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    1. Thank you, I couldn't let it just stand in the rain.
      Jeannie

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  14. Oh, I love your chair and the blue stripe on it is genius! I'm glad you found my blog!
    Your new follower, Magali ... from France!

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  15. Good Morning Magali, Thank you so much for your comments, happy that you like my chair. I've been visiting your blog this morning, looking forward to many more visits.
    Jeannie

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  16. I think I love that chair! I love it even more that it was a junque find. How cool the horsehair was still in good condition!

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    1. I'm like you, I love finding good things for free. Thank you so much.
      Jeannie

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  17. I love it Jeannie! I love the faux grain sack look. Thanks so much for joining us this week
    at Transformed Tuesday.
    Hugs,
    Peggy

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    1. Thank you Peggy, have to work with what you have.
      Jeannie

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  18. Thank you Kirsty, and thank you for the visit. Have a great day.
    Jeannie

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  19. Wow, you sure had a great idea. I love your new French chair. Love how you painted the stripe on the drop cloth. Great extra seating but I love how it looks! Fabulous!!!!!
    Have a great weekend.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  20. Good Morning Emily,
    Thank you so much, glad you like my faux grain sack upholstery. I'm enjoying it.
    Thank you for stopping by, have a great day.
    Jeannie

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  21. woow that´s a great job...
    just LOVE it :)
    and do not miss...

    SATURDAY SHOW OFF

    it is FUN :)
    WELCOME
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

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    1. Hello Roseman, a fitting name, if I may say. Thank so much for your visit and comments. Hope you're having a great day, or evening?
      Jeannie

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  22. What a great idea! Please share it on a terrific linky – Design Décor Tuesday. www.designdecortuesday.blogspot.com. See you there! ☺

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    1. Hi Jennifer, thank you so much for the invitation, will try to party next week.
      Jeannie

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  23. Beautiful! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  24. I love that frenchy chair! And I hope it's ok that I've nominated your blog for the Liebster Award! Here's the link for details: http://diywithjenandb.blogspot.com/2013/03/kim-at-colors-mixed-together-nominated.html

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    1. Thank you so much for you comment Jenny, and thank you for the nomination.
      Jeannie

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