Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A "french" chair

Remember my "french" chair? I posted pictures when I found it at a thrift store

Last week I had time to paint it and re-do her seat

Painting on burlap is very hard, I wanted a different design, but I opted for this fleur de lis from The Graphics Fairy    You can see clearly that the words aren't straight, it's because of the burlap moving up and down while I was painting.

I didn't make a cushion and left her back bare, I really like the caning and her silhouette.

The painting treatment was very simple, no Annie Sloan Chalk Paint here (can't find it locally)

I just used some white semi gloss paint, added some navy blue paint to make a light blue

Brushed some white paint here and there

After it dried, I gave her some good sanding

Applied a coat of Minwax walnut stain and let it dry a little before rubbing it off

I was surprised to see the difference the stain made, before I applied it, the paint was a very light blue.

I'm very happy with the results, even my husband liked it, I told him I would sell it to him for $50 lol! but he wanted to pay me $15, I told him that wasn't enough and I will keep my chair.

I have a little round table that I want to dress up for this chair, I will show it to you as soon as it's ready.

French word of today:
Burlap = Toile à sac

Joining these parties:


  1. This is such a labor of love! Thanks for sharing your creativity at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) Really appreciate those sweet thoughts you posted about my experience this past week.

  2. Wow Ido, what an awesome transformation. Looks great. Love the chair's shape...tres chic. Have a wonderful day...IT'S HOT HERE! :-P


  3. What a nice frenchy makeover. Nice color choice. I like the bare back.

  4. I so love this. The burlap AND the color. Brilliant to mix the blue and white. And the stain really adds depth to the piece. What a find! It's definitely Club G.W. worthy, my party that's going on now. Hope to see you there! And thanks for sharing.


  5. Wow quite the makeover. I have seen chairs like this and have passed them by not knowing that they could look like that.

  6. That's such a great transformation! I like the caning on the back, too. I never would have guessed that chair could look so cute!

  7. I love what you did with the chair! Bravo!
    Oh- and thank goodness the painted words aren't perfectly straight (although they look pretty straight to me). If you do it perfectly, the look of the hand is lost and it looks like the million other same chairs!

  8. wow..what a transformation! ooh la la! j'adore!

  9. Oooh, la, la! your new French chair is tres magnifique! I can hardly believe that it's the same chair! You did an awesome job painting the burlap, and it looks so much better with that gorgeous caning showing. Perfection!

  10. Your chair turned out beautifully. I'm glad you left the back bare, I love the cane detail. Excellent job. x Sharon

  11. You did a great job !!.....lovely......!! from

  12. Ido, we love your chair. Great choice to leave the back of the chair bare. It turned out great!
    Angela and Renee

  13. Great job, love the combination of paints, really pretty!! You better hang on to that chair!! thanks for linking up to VIF, xoxo Debra

  14. Your chair looks just beautiful! Wonderful job.

  15. What a gorgeous transformation, Ido. I love the blue with the wax technique. It looks tres French! The caning is much better than that cushion, too. And I don't think the letters look bad at all!
    - Susan

  16. Gorgeous!! I know what you mean, you get a whole new piece with stain or glaze


  17. She turned out so nice! Love the caning! Good choice to let her back be seen. Found you via The French Cupboard. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

  18. That chair looks great and love the color. Hope you will share at my Wednesday party some time.

  19. This is gorgeous. I like the caning too and wouldn't have made a cushion for the back either! The color is amazing. You did a really great job. It's lovely! Thanks for visiting my blog and always leaving sweet comments!

  20. Beautiful! I love this transformation. I think it's perfect!

  21. Well, it is just wonderful!
    You did a great job and I love it!

  22. Hello...

    Oooh...I love your french chair! It turned out did a fabulous job with the redo, my friend! Love the fleur de lis design that you chose for the burlap seat..very pretty! I also love the caned back!!! Beautiful chair...beautiful vignettes...and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing your french beauty with us today!

    Warmest wishes,

  23. WOW!!! I love how it turned out. Can't wait to see the little table. Happy to be a new follower.
    I'm So Vintage

  24. Nice makeover...our grandmother had chairs like that in her dining room...hmmmmmmmm - lol!!

  25. I need about six of these babies to go with my new farmhouse table....IT looks terrific!............Bonnie

  26. What a difference! That looks so nice. I love the caning too :)

  27. Not too sure about washing the bottles. I did get some water on them yesterday and nothing happenened but I don't know if they would make it throught the dishwasher....ONce I test it I'll let you know :)

  28. LOVE it!!!! It looks fabulous:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vingtage vixens

  29. You are so creative and I love it. What a transformation! Congratulations.
    I am our newest follower and love your blog. Visit me when time allows

    Helen xx

  30. WOW! Fantastic chair makeover!!! I love how you used burlap for the seat and how you painted the chair.

    Thanks for the well wishes.

  31. Love the color of that chair! Tell your hubby it's worth WAY more than $15.00...LOL
    Thanks for sharing your hard work with us!
    Blessings & Hugs,

  32. Love the color and distressing on your chair!!