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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  1. Ooohh, very pretty!
    Can I come sit on it and read?lol
    I've never done a chair before, well my furniture rifinishing experience is only like 5 months...

    I'm looking forward to seeing her patner as well :)

  2. That is truly lovely! Deb

  3. I'm passing through some of the blogs and thought id stop and say hello. And i hope that you folks have a very nice fall weekend. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

  4. I have that love seat that I got from my fathers in laws house. Can't wait to see what you do to it. I have mine tore apart just waiting. But if mine was in as good of share as yours I would have never taken it apart. Cant wait to see love the chair. Thanks Lynda

  5. Love the chair, I have been looking for a mattelaise style coverlet to use for an as yet undetermined project because I love the look of them so much. Cannot wait to see the settee!

  6. Hi Kristy!

    Your chair is ADORABLE! I love using those two colors together, especially when they're layered on top of a dark stain.

    Whatever you did to distress the chair is dead on. I can't seem to master that chippy worn look. I'm heading out to the garage after lunch to mess around on some boards.

    Then if it warms up enough, I'm gonna put on my big girl panties and try spraying a couple pieces. What ratio are you watering it down? I have a Fuji Mighty Mate 4 HVLP gun but am horrible at setting the width and air flow so I'm not looking forward to blasting it all away: ~

    Anyway... I admire the way you think outside the box by doing things your own way ei: leaving the trim & skirt "un-tucked"....

    Inspired again - Shelly

  7. What a beautiful transformation! that settee is just fabulous, can't wait to see how it turns out!

  8. This just turned out incredibly beautiful! VERY nice work. I love the texture of the coverlet you used. I can't wait to see how the other one turns out!

  9. wowsers! that chair is so pretty. I love the cording.
    thanks for sharing, catching you this week.

  10. This is so fun! Where have you been????? I guess working on this chair. I am going to feature this tomorrow, I love the paint finish and I love when people use something other than regular fabric to upholster a piece!

  11. So pretty. What a find. Thanks for linking it up to Fab Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle

  12. so beautiful! i love those colors!