Monday, October 25, 2010

SHABBY FRENCH INSPIRATION


This little chair speaks perfect french vintage to me...
The old faded floral fabric... distressed wood frame... carved roses & details...

I love this chair.
With this shabby french fabric.


A creamy tea stained background


Faded pink roses
&
soft baby blue ribbons


Dainty rose garland swags, gorgeous baby roses wreath & delightful french scrolls.


I bought all they had- about 5 yards- probably 4 years ago...
Not sure what I would do with it at the time
but knew that I loved the pattern and french antique feel.

It has been folded in an armoire and I have thought about using it several times...
but didn't want to cut it. Crazy, huh?
Has anyone ever felt like that?


This is the before...my $20.00 thrift store chair
Remember all those tacks?


yeah... me too.
Next time I see an upholstered piece with tacks like that...
I might have to think twice.

I thought the beautiful french vintagey fabric would be gorgeous on this chair....
but, you know...
then I would have to actually cut it to use it...

So... I upholstered the chair in a beautiful bold yellow floral...


Half way through...I did not love it...

I thought I would at least give it a few days to see if all of a sudden 'love' popped out at me.

Uh...didn't happen.

So this weekend...


I pulled out my frenchy fabric,
draped it over my chair... and cut it.
YIKES!!
You know I measured about 50 times, to make sure I was using the most of each piece so I could save as much as possible...
I ironed as many wrinkles out as I could and started upholstering...

I got the back done first...


Oooh La La!!!


Loved it immediately and so continued on with the seat.


Though, originally, I was thinking something bold and maybe bright-
a check, a bold floral or an elegant damask...


They just weren't working for me.


I decided I really wanted a french ticking- with soft faded color and dainty flowers-
but couldn't find any that I adored that worked with the chair.

But, I love this fabric for some of those same qualities.


The faded creamy white linen &
old worn colors


Elegant vines & dainty flowers


Originally I was planning to paint the chair and go with something really shabby inspired.


But the dark frame is perfectly distressed now-
thanks to the rigamarole we had getting the tacks out!

Dark wood paired with new vintagey fabric...


It's shabby french love!





30 comments:

  1. Well I'll say this is shabby perfection! I love how your chair came out. And you were saving the fabric for all the right reasons!! This chair!

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  2. I think the fabric fits the chair perfectly! I have had the fear of cutting fabric before. Always afraid I would mess something up or not have enough. Some times you just have to dive in and know that you can always find another favorite fabric down the road.

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  3. Hi Courtney ... the chair is FABULOUS in its new floral fabric! LOVE it! You did an amazing job ~ how did you learn to upholster???? Such a talented girl ~ more than just a pretty face!

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  4. Beautiful details!
    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi Courtney,
    I love, love, LOVE, your french inspired chair! The fabric is perfect and what a lovely job you did! I'm happy for you. Have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  6. Courtney the chair is elegant and very pretty. I just adore the feminine fabric and dark wood. Great job!

    Happy week! ~Melissa :)

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  7. Very feminine, but I love the wood color with the fabric, very exquisite and rich:)

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  8. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Courtney, that was absolutely the most perfect choice and how great that you got to use fabric you knew you already loved. I totally know how you feel about finally cutting into something. It just feels so permanent! But this is exactly what I pictured you doing with the chair and it looks fabulous! You gotta show us where it is now sitting in your home!
    Vanessa

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  9. HELLO COURTNEY,

    WOWEE!! THAT'S ONE MAGNIFICENT MAKE OVER :) I LOVE THE FABRIC YOU CHOSE FOR THAT BEAUTY :) YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB ON THE BEAUTIFUL CHAIR :)

    XOX~MARI

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  10. Wow! You did a fantastic job. Do we get an upholstery tutorial? Pleeeeeease?

    I just wouldn't know where to start!

    I know JUST what you mean about not wanting to cut into beautiful fabric. I have some like that in our cupboard. It's silly really as if it was out every day I could admire it so much more!

    WELL DONE for being so brave with yours!

    Sarahx

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  11. Shabby French love for sure! I love that fabric and I know what you mean about not wanting to cut it! LOL! I've done the same.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  12. Oohhhh that chair is just gawgeous!! I also know what you mean about being hesitant to cut up some fab fabric, but it was the perfect choice! Ummmmm do you mind if I borrow it? *winks* Vanna

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  13. yaaay for the floral!!! :) that was my vote originally, and I love that you used a very favorite piece to cover it. Now it will truly be a treasure to you! Nice job!

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  14. The chair is so beautiful! You couldn't have made a better choice in fabric! Just perfect!~Hugs, Patti

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  15. You made the perfect choice for your beautiful chair!

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  16. It is absolutely lovely. A perfect combination. I make window treatments and do a little reupholstering and I know exactly what you mean about cutting into a fabric. I think everyone who sews and loves fabric, has a stash that is waiting for the perfect project. I know I have mine.
    Cindy

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  17. I luv the chair and it was a great price for 20 bucks. You did a great job putting the new fabric on it. Thank You for sharing your treasure....Julian

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  18. So very pretty Courtney!! Looks like a Robyn Pandolph print. I love her prints. You did a great job on the chair!

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  19. Gorgeous! I like how you left the wood. Did I just say that outloud? :) I paint everything but the rich wood looks beautiful with the fabric. Good eye!

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  20. This chair is honestly to die for! Everything about it is perfect!

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  21. Thanks for your comment on the party! :) The Syrah was our contribution- isn't that funny?! I LOVED it! I'd definitely get it again. I think everyone else really liked it too- how funny on the connection with your dad!!

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  22. It turned out beautifully! I would love to find a chair like that for $20!!
    Penny

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  23. Ooh la la bien sur Courtney! C'est parfait frenchy chair! You were the one who reupholstered it??? Omigosh, you did a perfect job!

    It really is a perfect french Louis chair! J'adore it mon ami!
    -marie

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  24. This chair is just gorgeous and I can't tell you how happy I am that you left the wood alone and didn't paint it. The fabric is so beautiful and you did a great job, Char

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  25. Aren't you glad you saved the fabric for this perfect chair? This is so beautiful and the fabric is perfect for it. Love it!

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  26. I LOVE that chair! The dark wood contrasted with the pretty fabric is gorgeous. You did a great job recovering it. Thanks for linking it up!

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  27. Wow! What a beautiful transformation - the chair and fabric are beautifully matched-so inspiring!

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous!! You did a wonderful job!

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