Monday, February 21, 2011

~French Chair Reveal~

I finally get to share my french chairs with you all!

They were a little challenge that I really enjoyed and I even did a happy dance once they were finished and looking decent!

This is the first time I attempted making double welting, and thanks to Kelly at Much To Do With Nothing's  welting tutorial and helpful advice I was able to pull it off!! Thanks so much Kelli!!!

Along with double welting it was also my first time trying to make a box
cushion cover, it didn't come out perfect but I'm very happy with them!

So here we go, here are the "before" shots:

$20.oo a piece!

They weren't in bad shape -but pink just doesn't go with my decor..and I  had better plans for them in my mind's eye :0)

Here's a "during" shot ..once they were naked I found marks indicating that they were made in Italy! 

Now, you've waited long enough...

Here are the "after" photos:

I left the wood as it was, just oiled it up.
I think it looks really nice now against the cream fabric. The fabric I used is a creamy chenille upholstery fabric and on the back a piece of a toile I've been waiting to use for a few years!

I found some similar chairs online to compare my little cuties to and realized that they are petite chairs..they measure 24.5"W x  24"D x 35"H

Ethan Allen has a beautiful chair starting at $1029.oo
and measures 29'W x 29"D x 39"H

Ballard Designs also has one, $799.oo - $991.oo
measuring: 26.75"W x 24"D x 38.5"H

So I think I did VERY GOOD for $20 + roughly $40 on materials!
(per chair)

During my search for comparable chairs I found something I think I might just have to

This sweet chair measures : 27.2" H x 18.5" W x 18.9" D
Only problemo is it doesn't have a sweet price.
Oh how I love it though!...I mean, how cute would it be next to the other chairs?!?!..Maybe I'll "get it for Sophie." haha

Well there you have it, my finished french chairs! I think I am addicted to craigslist and chairs now..hehe

Hopefully I'll find some that I can use to make my patio the lovely  place I've been dreaming that it can be!!

Until then though reupholstering the french chairs has given me the courage  to finally undertake the challenge of this chair:

..and if all goes well with it, I will then have enough courage to tackle his big momma...

They've been with me for 2 years+ but I haven't had the courage to strip them down yet....
*scarey music plays*



Fallon said...

Wow, great job! You are brave to take on that couch! Nice money saver :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

eeeee, I got so excited when I read your title!
The chairs look so beautiful and I LOVE that piece of toile you used on the back!! Enjoy your elegant chairs!!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Debbie, you can do anything ! 5 stars to you . Isn't Kelly the nicest person on earth... I love the chairs and don't you love finding others with a much larger price tag. I recently brought a french chair to re-do myself. I paid $425 and have found others on the internet for $2825 I can't wait to share mine with you guys. I wish I had the courage to do it myself, but as it is, I am waiting on my guy to do the work for me... said...

Great job! I don't think you'll have any problem with your big projects!! Good Luck!

Fiona, Lilyfield Life said...

hi Debbie - well done on your chair. You've done a beautiful job. I've just finished my first french chair also. and I also was so nerpvous to start with but I'm now tacking my second one and am finding that I'm much better at it already. All the best with the sofa - i'll pop back from time to time to check out your finished product!
cheers Fiona

Shell said...

Oh wow! You have all the chairs I WANT lol so the lil green eyed monster has me right now lol.

Ruth said...

Your chairs look fantastic! Wonderful touch with that toile on the back! I cannot wait to see what you do with that sofa!

Kate Fredrickson said...

Looks awesome! Love the detail on the back too.
Kate @

angie said...

Those look amazing. And I agree, the toile on the back is the perfect touch.