THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG - blue bedroom chair

There will eventually be a second part to this post
as this cute antique chair has a partner.
They were both painted using blue and white chalk paint.

The first thing I did was to remove the trim around the upholstery.
George actually did it while I was painting something else.
Every now and then he likes to help when he can.

I painted the frames in old white first,

then adding a coat of Provence (blue)

I sanded the blue Provence back to expose the old white and the original wood.
I also did a bit of washing with water to lighten and blend the colors,
before removing the velvet upholstery,

 A lot of the nails were removed but some were hammered in.
It all depended whether they would be in the way of the new staples and upholstery.

When I purchased these pieces I knew I was going to use a
white quilted coverlet I'd been keep for the right project.
I also had a handful of cording that I purchased recently
at a yard sale that would go perfectly with it.

Normally this cording I pulled out of the pile would be sewn into a seem
but when I held it up to the project I liked the way it looked.

I love how every aspect turned out especially the quilting against the layer of colors.

Old things do get creaky over time.
So some stiffening did have to be done to the frame with screws and glue.

I added new foam to make them soft and comfy.

The entire frame was waxed before the upholstering was started.

I used the edge of the coverlet to make the skirt around the chair.

I prefer the look of the skirt on the outside of the legs,

It's like she is showing us a little leg from underneath her dress.

Here is her partner,
did you think it was another chair?
Watch for when this majestic guy gets turned into a princess,
as opposed to a frog into a prince!!

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FIXING BROKEN DINING CHAIRS - sheild back chairs

I found a set of six vintage sheild back dining chairs on CL. They were gorgeous and just what I wanted.

However, two of the chairs had serious damage.

Do you think that was going to stop me!  I love repairing wood.

I had to scrape out all the old glue from an early repair attempt.
Removing the old glue and any dirt is important to a good solid wood repair.


All the repairs I made were secured with 3" deck screws and then concealed in the frame.
You must predrill so you do not crack or split your frame. You also have to counter sink the head so
you can cover them over with wood filler. You use the same method to conceal the heads as filling
old hardware holes:
It's a slow process but well worth it for me. Once you get the frame fixed you can fill in the cracks.

When this chair had been repaired before the details had been lost under fillers,
so I had to re-carve the detail back into the frames.

Here are the two chairs after being repaired.

I primed and painted the chairs in a semi gloss custom white and reupholstered the seats


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It may not have pretty curves or fancy carvings but it has beautiful functionality and solid
construction with great history.
I found a Vilas table put out on the road side for the garbage men to take away.
It had silver spray paint on it like it had been used as a shop table and most of the original
finish was damaged or flaking.

But it was a fabulous solid rock maple small space dining table with 2 extending leaves.
You just don't find these every day.

It was easy to sand where the finish was flaking off,
and not so easy where the silver metallic paint was.

The leaves pull out so smoothly.
After cleaning it up and sanding to bare wood it got sprayed with chalk paint.

A gentle sanding started to create a nice white wash look.

This is really a great table, I wish I had space to keep it.

Poly and wax created the softest smoothest surface.



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