The antique chairs I found at Round Top are now back from the upholsters.
Are you surprised at the color? I know most of you have heard me say a time or two hundred “Neutral furniture is best.”
Let’s start at the beginning.
1 million tacks were removed to take off the 100 year old needlepoint.
I made the decision to keep the 100 year old burlap and horsehair as the support system verses ripping it out and replacing it with foam.
The wood was painted with a chalk cottage white and highlighted with gold wax.
In keeping with the antique factor I dug through my stash of heavy antique French sheeting to use as upholstery. I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to leave it in its creamy natural state or dye it. I know some of the purists are absolutely having a heart attack at the thought of painting the wood or dyeing antique French linen. But I had a quest and it was to detract the focus away from the hulking brick fireplace hearth in the living room.
So I went ahead and mixed equal amounts of liquid Rit teal and aquamarine dye color in my washing machine. It turned out EXACTLY the color I wanted.
(Disclaimer: I have been dyeing fabric for many years and am well versed in color mixing.)
Then came the hard part. I had to give up control. I can do simple upholstery but I wanted single welting and knew these two chairs would be best in the hands of a professional. Having just moved here I am still collecting my arsenal of contractors that I feel comfortable working with and sharing with clients.
Westwood Restorations was one of the few upholsterers who agreed with my decision to use the original support system which was FAR better than foam. They also specialize in antique restoration which made me feel even better.
(I would like to clarify that I was NOT give any discounts or incentives, they just did good work.)
So the big questions is “How do they look in the space?”
Even though the chairs are antique I feel as if they feel fresh and fun.
The bottom line is that accompanied with the green hutch…
…and happy, colorful chairs, you really don’t notice the hulking hearth as much. I just can’t wait for the cabinets in the hearth to be built to finish the space.
I’ll close with a real life secret. I killed the fern that I had sitting in the hearth basket in less than 2 weeks.
I guess I need to go faux. :)
Between Naps On The Porch, Remodelaholic, Classy Clutter, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A Housewife, Common Ground, Someday Crafts, The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, The Blissful Bee, Posed Perfection,My Fabuless Life,The Style Sisters, Sew A Fine Seam, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home,The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,The Dedicated House, Miss Mustard Seed