Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Regal Pair

Back in March, I unknowingly came up with a great new finish that I fell in love with. It's so easy too...which makes it even better. The first piece with this finish was this table. It sold at my friend's shop the first day she put it out on the floor. I was shocked...but super happy!

So when that same friend brought me these chairs to paint, she thought that same finish should be used.
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They (yes, they...there are two, but I didn't "before" both of them) had obviously seen better days, but had tons of potential.

Enter my father-in-law. This man is brilliant. One of the chairs was missing a bottom support, so he used the other chair as a template and cut out a support with his jigsaw. Fine...no big deal, right? He then proceeded to take apart the chairs and pull of about three POUNDS of hardware from them. Nails, screws, L-brackets...anything that could be added to just keep the chairs together. I was shocked when he brought me the hardware to show me. They even felt lighter! And they looked better too!

Anyway, after 3 coats of dry brushing and some ebony stain, here they are! What a pair!!
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And look at that....the grass is even green! Finally!

~Allison

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44 comments:

Artichoke Alley said...

Cuuute! They look great and I am SO jealous that you have such a wonderful helper in your FIL! Great job!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow! those looks just beautiful!!! i love the style and finish on those chairs. awesome as usual, allison!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

I love how they turned out! You've hit upon a great technique, I think!!! :)

The Painted Parlor said...

How fun! They look like they belong in a chic ice cream parlor! Too cute!

Happy painting!
Julie

Heather said...

Cool chairs with such a unique look. Great job with the finish!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love the shape of the chairs. The paint brought out their beauty.

Vintage Charm said...

These chairs are awesome!! I love all the detail. And you chose great colors.

Chrissie said...

What a great pair of chairs. You transformed them perfectly. They have such a unique shape!

Megan said...

Gorgeous chairs, I love the shape and color!!

Condo Blues said...

The shape of the chair back reminds me a woman with a flip hair style. I want to put dangly beaded earrings on her.

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Lovely chairs-thanks for sharing :)

Terry said...

What interesting chairs. I love how you transformed them.

Inspired by you said...

How cute! Very interesting indeed!

Kristin said...

Love your chairs! Love anything different and cool. Stopping by from Finding Fabulous!

steph said...

Your chairs are GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for sharing.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

They ARE a Regal Pair!! Love the finish but I didn't see where you described how you finished them -- what did you dry brush on?

Lindy said...

What unique chair! I love their new finish...perfect!

DitzyRedhead said...

I love these!
Marcelle

Susan said...

Great regal chairs! Nice job on them. :)
Found you on show and tell,
Susan

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Allison...

What beautiful chairs...so unique! You really did a beautiful job of refinishing them! Thanks for sharing them with us today!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

what diffrent chairs... they came out beautiful!

Audrey Pettit said...

What a fun and funky set of chairs. Love the style and love your paint transformation. I bet these sell immediately, too.
Visiting from Show & Tell Friday. TFS!

theb5 said...

These are very beautiful!!!!!Love the shape and the color you used...I love unique furniture like that:)
Beth

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What unique and pretty chairs! They are so neat and I love the finish on them~ thanks for sharing this at FNF :)

Jennifer said...

WOW! Those are awesome! Love the shape and have never seen anything like them!
Jen
Scissors & Spatuals

Lauren said...

they look great!! good job!

WobiSobi said...

These chairs are amazing, and I love the finish you did.. absolutely beautiful!! visiting from Sunday nap time. :)

Olivia said...

Oh my these chairs turned out downright fabulous!
Hugs,
Olivia

heather {WhipperBerry} said...

brilliant my dear! thanks so much for partying with whipperberry!!
kisses

Mary said...

I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

Erin said...

Fabulous! They kind of look like ladies wearing crowns!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

They look so much better is white!!

thelifeofthepartyco said...

Wow, they came out great! They are really unique chairs and look very sophisticated with their new finish. I can't believe they had that much hardware on them! I bet your father-in-law fixed them up nice and sturdy! I came over from the Sunday Scoop link party.

Eileen said...

Wow. great paint job. it's great that your father in law was able to firm them up and make them lighter in the process. They look great. I love a good chair re-do
Eileen @ cottage beach house

SallyLeeByTheSea.com said...

Amazing chairs and I love how you painted them!!

MessyMissy said...

Wow, I love the shape of those chairs. And, the transformation is perfect, nice job!! I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party....each week I pick one project to feature on my sidebar!! Here is the link: http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/05/marvelous-mess-13-and-features.html

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Allison, I love the shape and color of your chairs. They look so Frenchy and garden chic now! I'm sure these will be quick sellers too.

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

What stunning chairs! Love the color you picked - so fun and french. Great job.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What fun chairs! Great job!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They are fabulously gorgeous, Allison! The detailing is amazing. How great that your father in law was able to recreate the support piece.

Atticmag said...

Those are great looking grotto chairs. Usually they are dark but even light is a great improvement. Jane

Brandi said...

Great makeover Allison! Love the unique shape of the chairs!

Mom2GSDS said...

I hope you can see the chairs in the pic found here: https://www.onekingslane.com/product/11042/366727
Online today (June 4, 2011) The pair is selling for ONLY $2,399!!!

1 Funky Woman said...

Wow, the detail is amazing! Such unique pieces, where are you putting them?

Megan