Welcome to the June Furniture Refresh Challenge! If you are not familiar with this, the first Wednesday of each month I get together with the 5 lovely bloggers above to bring you a refinished furniture piece. I love to see what the other bloggers will bring, as their creativity continues to inspire me each month.
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If you have visited Our Crafty Mom recently, you wil recall I refinished my dining table and Hutch and promised to share my dining chairs when they were finished. These chairs are made amazingly well-check out the seat bottom:
We have had this Broyhill set about 25 years. I really wanted to make them unique, but still have them blend with the hutch and dining table. I decided to paint the fabric, rather than recover them. I have a beautiful French graphic stencil that I wanted to use. I know many people question painting fabric chairs as they worry about them being stiff, but I have painted fabric in the past with good results. I also have the mindset that if I’m not happy with them, I can always recover them. Painting is a more efficient way for me as I don’t have a ton of experience with reupholstering and do not sew. Plus I have paint left over from the hutch! Here is the before picture of the chair:
They are like an oatmeal color & very dull. I gave the wood two coats of Country Chic Pebble Beach, just like on the hutch, but I distressed it. I used a light layer of metallic cream in silver bullet. For the fabric I gave it two coats of vanilla frosting by Country Chic. Cool name right? There are great YouTube videos for painting fabric, but a couple of tips, the fabric needs to be sprayed with water and blended with a sponge to ensure it is even. Once it dried I measured out even stripes to make a grain sack design. I love this look and thought it would be perfect on these chairs. Here’s how I did it: (sorry for the late night phone photo)
I ran the tape along the back as well:
I used the same gray used on the chair to stencil the lines. I pulled the paint off when it was wet and just had to touch up a few spots. I then stenciled Bon Appetite in the lower corner.
For the back I stenciled No. 1:
I have 3 chairs left. I will stencil No. 2, 3 & 4 on the others as well and use a different French saying on each chair. They are French restaurant sayings which I think are so cool. I will update the post with a pic of all four when they are done. Here are all 6 projects before they are refinished, you will not believe the updates! Please visit everyone at the links below.
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