Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Cinderella Chair

Here she is. She may be the prettiest little thing in town right now, but she’s been the bane of my existence for months.  Don’t let her looks fool you.

french chair

Well, I guess her looks can fool you just a little bit.  ‘Cause she sho’ is pretty.

reupholstered chair

I feel like I struggle with so many things not turning out exactly as I had planned, but this one exceeded my expectations. I think it’s just the chair. Look at those curves! You just can’t go wrong with curves like that!

zebra pillow

To give her a smidge of bling, I purchased this zebra pillow on clearance at Wal-Mart. Perfection.brown zebra pillow

Oh wait. Did I say perfection? I meant that if you turn the lights down low and squint your eyes quite a bit. Believe me, she’s got her flaws.

refinished chair

As I gaze upon her beauty and bask in my accomplishment, something feels like it’s staring at me.  Do you see it? 

louis philippe chair

Oh that’s right. I stupidly bought two chairs. My accomplishment is only an accomp. It’s half done! It’s the dishwasher filled, but not turned on! It’s the toilet paper put on the roll, but put on backwards! I curse you other chair!

 orange louis philippe chairs

I won’t let her bring me down (yet). For now, I appreciate that at least one is done, and it’s GAWGEOUS!  I’m also one step closer to finishing my craft room.  Not long, and she’ll be able to be revealed as well!finished french chair

Who knows what those girls were thinking, but the ladies behind The CSI Project have asked me to be a guest judge this week!  I think that’s too cool! Go check it out and link up your creative idea!

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57 comments:

The Jagow Family said...

That is one BEAUTIFUL chair!!!! Love it! Great job! :)

Kaye said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable transformation!!! Fabulous job!!! I'm inspired, thanks for sharing!!!

Kaye

amycornwell said...

So cute! I have a chair, similar in upholstery and I don't know how to reupholster it. Can you tell me how you did yours? Did you take the existing fabric off? Here is what mine looks like and I have no idea how to do it! http://amycornwell.blogspot.com/2010/06/chair-redo-step-1.html
Any advice would be greatly appreciated - yours are beautiful!

Green Gracie Home said...

Sweet! It is gorgeous and that zebra sets it off quite well. I love the cording.

Louley's Belles said...

Very nice!!!

val said...

:) Beautiful!

Lori said...

It is beautiful! And I'll just bet the second one will go faster because you've learned all of the tricks now, right?

Christie said...

That chair is GORGEOUS! You did a fantastic job. I also have two chairs that I want to paint and reupholster. Seeing your photo just gave me the motivation I needed. Good luck with chair #2!

Lila said...

I hate reupholstering chairs! I'm the worst at getting every little curve and wrinkle out! You did awesome!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

Loui♥ said...

I love the chair!!
she is one beautiful lady..
I WANT HER!!
but my urbabies would have her covered in a kitty minute..
with furry stuff!
but she is gorgeous!!
fabulous job!!
warmest hugs!
Loui♥

Holly @ posypocket.blogspot said...

congratulations, she's beautiful!

Stacy@The Project Shoppe said...

Great job! LOVE the chair, it's so pretty and what a versatile piece to have!

Brandy said...

Ooh!!! I love it, I want this chair!! You did a fabulous job.

Six in One Hand said...

Even Cinderella ran with only one shoe!!!

Don't feel bad about the other chair...it will be just as beautiful!!

Debbie said...

Beautiful job on the chair! I recently did 2 chairs also- which were sitting staring at me for a long while. I found that the second chair was A LOT easier to do -prob bc I had a plan the second time around LOL

Lorrie said...

I LOVE that chair. You've done a fantastic job!

Bows and Sparrows said...

Nice work!! She looks great. :)

Laura said...

Now if you would just show us pictures of how you turned Cinderella into the princess - I have a chair I'd love to redo, but oh, it scares me so!

jociegal said...

Hahaha - it looks great! Really, really great. Any tips on the how-tos of the project?

Richella said...

Oh, Chris. You never cease to amaze. But this time, you've outdone even YOU! Honestly, she's just beautiful--and that zebra pillow is just icing on a very, very yummy cake. Well done!!

Brittney said...

The chair looks fantastic! I love the pillow too. I totally feel your pain on the second chair. After finishing my first chair I almost cried thinking about all of the work to finish the second!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

She is beautiful, Chris! Flaws or not, I love it! You did a great job! Can't wait to see the other one. : ) You know, whenever you've recovered from doing this one and decide to move on. Maybe it's like childbirth, you forget the pain and do it again!

Nikki said...

She is beautiful!

nicole@http://theclarks-nicole.blogspot.com/ said...

I love the chair alot! Awsome color combo.

Christyrenee said...

That chair is gorgeous!!! I wish I was that creative. Fantastic!

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

It looks great! Hopefully the other one will go quicker?

Madigan at madiganmade said...

She is a pretty little thing! Love the pillow with it, too. Great job!

cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

I think you did a fantastic job!!! I'm so happy to have found your blog too!

Dream Mom said...

It turned out beautiful! Great job! Tutorial please:) (I am pretty sure that's what the second chair is for...)

Angie said...

Beautiful! I love your fabric choice! Hang in there...number 2 is bound to be easier!

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

Uhhhhhhh! yep thats me whining because I have been looking for a cute chair I can recover and you find TWO! I want this kind of style with the cute little arm rest pads!

Very good job! Bring the sister to Baltimore I'll take the red headed errr orange headed step child =)

EMILY said...

I have a dining chair with an upholstered back and i have no idea how to get it off. It has wood around it like your chair. It is like the cording is glued to the wood. i want to get the fabric off so i can paint it and reupholster it and make it look all cute but i don't know how. The seat doesn't unscrew either. it had a black liner material and under that there are springs (the kind that look like curved zigzags. I don't know if it is even possible to redo the thing. Anyway, I would love to hear more details on how you did your chair. It turned out great!
emily
adornmail@gmail.com

Jerri said...

What a cute chair! I love the colors in this room!

Barb said...

All your blog friends said it all! What a great job. I too would like a tutorial. I love your damask material and the color is fantastic. What an unbelievable transformation. You out did yourself sweetheart! Mama's really proud of you.

Love ya...Mom

queenbee said...

Great job! I love the pillow with the chair and I am sure the second chair will be much easier! Good luck!

sarah said...

My mom in law just gave me a love seat that looks like your before pic, did you do a tutorial on this transformation? I would love to see it!

Amy said...

Great job! She looks wonderful and I'm sure she appreciates your hard work giving her a facelift.

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Your chair is GORGEOUS!!! Wow - Love Love Love her. She would look perfect in my living room ;)

I think she looks perfect! Thanks so much for guest judging for us this week. You are fabulous and we are thrilled!!!

XOXO
jen

MarytheKay said...

Oh, WOW--I LOVE the gawgeous chair!!! Love the color, love the fabric, and love the bling pillow! :-)

Rabbit Hollow Prims said...

Love this chair you did an awesome job!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

The chair look amazing. Love the zebra pillow too, great job!

Jess said...

its gorgeous!!!!!! i love the fabric!!!!

Ashley Ann said...

My heart just stopped!

I am IN. LOVE. with that chair!

Just consider the other one an ugly stepsister who is jealous, but knows one day she will be a beautiful Cinderella. It's all in the timing. :)

Can't wait to see the conclusion to the accomp!

And Yay on your judging gig!

Krysta said...

Beautiful chair!!!

Madison said...

LOVE!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love what you did! Beautiful paint job, beautiful fabric, beautiful trim! It's just yummy!

Lisa said...

you are hilarious, I love reading your posts! you're right - she's GAWGEOUS!

Dave'sWife said...

Cinderella is beautiful, but she does need her prince charming right?

the lazy decorator said...

OMG!! It is a thing of beauty!!! You HAVE to do a tutorial since u have the other ugly step-sis. YOU HAVE TO!!!!! PLEASEE!!!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

OooOOoooo.. Ahhhhh.. I lurve it!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Great job!!! I love the curves and if you put it in the corner who would notice the trim shortage?!
Have a beautiful weekend~
;-D Kathleen

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

The chair is fabulous! Love it!

devin said...

i adore this chair! such a perfect color!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

It's gorgeous!!

I've been waiting not-so-patiently for those pillows to go on clearance at our walmart. I might have to run back and check again today.

Kalina said...

It really looks stunning, great work!

Amanda said...

love the rug...where is it from?

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

That is such a gorgeous makeover! You did such a great job, even with the flaws :)
XO

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