We’re in the homestretch of our French Inspired Chair project, the body of the chair is finished – painted, waxed and distressed and now we moved onto the seat.
The fabric was stained so we replaced it with a natural linen fabric. Whenever we change out fabric on a chair, we also take the opportunity to also replace the foam and batting. Once the new seat was finished, we taped out our grain sack pattern and painted it in Greek Blue Chalk Paint. When it was dry we used sandpaper on the blue stripes to get rid of the freshness and 'age' them a bit.
Our final step was to sew a simple cover for a pillow form that we purchased. We used the same tan linen that we used to cover the seat then made a dye bath by adding Greek Blue Chalk Paint to water and then dip dyed the pillow cover. We hung it up to dry then ironed it and inserted our pillow form.
Here are the steps we are working through on this project:
1.Apply a ‘chunky’ base coat of Greek Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
2.Apply a top coat of Paris Grey Chalk Paint®
3.Wax and Distress the Paris Grey to reveal the Greek Blue underneath
4.Reupholster the chair seat
5.Use Greek Blue Chalk Paint® to create a grain sack stripe on the chair seat
6.Sew a cover for a throw pillow and dye the fabric using Chalk Paint®
Recovering chair seats and dyeing fabric are things that we are frequently asked about and we’ve done private workshops for people who want a hands-on lesson but Paul and I have plans to create some step-by-step tutorials on several topics and Recovering Chair Seats and Dyeing Fabric will be two of our first tutorials.
Tomorrow we'll show you our French Inspired Chair and Console Table Together AND we will announce the winner of our 'Creating the French Look' in-store contest!
Johanna & Paul
We're Paul and Johanna and we write about our life in the furniture business. The things we love, the places we go, and the treasures we find along the way.