New Old Frenchy Shabby Chair

10.08.2010

I have lived with this little chair, that I purchased at a home decor shop, in it's original finish for a couple of years. I decided it was time to freshen it up. Because you see I have a real sickness
this thing for painting furniture now and just cannot stop!



This is how it looked before. It is solid maple and I had put off covering this wood up, but decided it was time.


I taped off the edge of the cane seat.


I painted two coats of Sherwin Williams Ivorie Lace in satin. Then heavily sanded it off in several places.


I added several layers of colors on this chair. I used Sherwin Williams silvermist mixed with glaze and lightly brushed it on in several places. Then I used the mocha glaze by Valspar over the entire chair and wiped it off. 


If you look closely you can see some of the colors added.


I was going to leave the cane natural colored, but I decided to paint it, too.
I used the ivorie lace first then the silvermist and then the mocha glaze and some sanding.


I also used some rub n buff Patina in various spots. Patina turns turquoise when you apply it.
The blue areas show up pretty good in this photo.


This shows the layering. I wanted this chair to look very worn.


Of course I waxed it, too to make it shine and to protect the finish.










Back in the master bedroom.





Linking to the following:
Jenny Matlock for Alphabet Thursday....C is for chair
Miss Mustard Seed for furniture feature Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
French Country Cottage for Feather your Nest party
Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday showcase

I can't believe another week has flown by. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend full of fun things.


Y'all come back now,

KIM


74 comments:

  1. Love the layers of colour. The little pillow is adorable too.

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  2. Oh love.... wow, you re have a gift!! Wish I lived close and I'd hire you... have you written any tutorials? Love all your ideas!

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  3. Love the chair, but I really, really love that pillow!

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  4. I like the cane painted. I painted some chairs and didn't cover up the seats well enough, I have chair covers on them, but I think they may get a coat of paint. I like the criss cross pattern on the back. Great job.

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  5. As always...you do FABULOUS work! Looks great! So French Country which I'm totally loving these days!

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  6. ya done good honey!!!

    loves me my past wax ... gives that baby's bottom feel!

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  7. I LOVE the chair Kim {so much}. That's funny that you say you want to paint everything... my husband says that about everything I bring home.... and I thought about it and HE IS RIGHT... but he always LOVES the finished product. Thanks for sharing ♥

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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  8. I LOVE the way that chair turned out! It's perfect. Will you please find your way to my house and my furniture?

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  9. You did such an authentic job on that chair. It's in the top 5 of what I have ever seen in the painted furniture category.
    I want your mad skills girl!

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  10. I love that chair, Kim. I think it's one of my favorites that you've done. You did a beautiful job. It's got a lot of depth with all the different colors you've used. I will have to try that patina. I like the effect it gives.

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  11. What a difference a finish can make on a piece... love this!

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  12. That looks like a completely different chair! You are awesome!

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  13. Fabulous job! I love how it turned out...
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  14. That was fabulous. It looks so different. I have a bedside table that is not a maple or anything. Not sure if it's even real wood but I want to explore whether I could do a similar technique on it. My other bureau is white and you have inspired me to rough it up a little. If it turns out bad I'll tell hubby you inspired me....lol....

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  15. like the chair.. love the room!
    Patsy

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  16. The chair turned out wonderful. Love it. YOur room is so pretty and the chair painted is perfect. Hugs, Marty

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  17. Kim, I love the new look of the chair! It totally fits your style now. Great job as always!

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  18. This chair is so lovely. I love the new look! ~ sarah

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  19. Wonder finish on the sweet little chair and I love the pillow, too!

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  20. Lovely! What kind of wax did you use? I have a piano I'm refinishing similar to this and I think wax would be the way to go.

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  21. I use Minwax paste finishing wax.
    Thanks for asking.

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  22. What a nice change. Looks lovely in your room.

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  23. You really are great at this...of course practice makes perfect and you are having a lot of practice! This was a brave one. I'm so new to this painted furniture thing that I still twinge a bit at the thought of painting over an almost new/perfect chair, even though I love the finished result.

    You must have a very understanding husband...mine is really having a hard time with the few things I've painted!

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  24. Kim, what a great job, so many steps to get it just perfect, I never work that hard, but I love the results and i think I will mix it up with some glazes next time!

    Carol

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  25. Hi Kim! Love your little chair but honey, I want that pillow! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  26. So glad you painted the cane. This is lovely and you really could open a shop. hugs♥O

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  27. And yet another GREAT signature piece by Kim...Girl you need to open a shop...Just great my friend and it looks wonderful in your bedroom...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  28. I love it Kim! That looks so great and just perfect in your room! One of these days I'm going to work up the courage to do something like this myself. For now, I'll just admire all of your handy-work! :-)
    Vanessa

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  29. Love everything about it Kim..the color, the aged technique the glaze...and then of course the cute pillow on top! Good job!

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  30. Your little chair turned out so sweet! Love the way you aged it.

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  31. You did a fantastic job on the chair!
    It looks gorgeous in your room : )

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  32. That chair is adorable! I love the bones of it to begin with but what you did is just magic. :)

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  33. You did a fabulous job refinishing this chair! Love it.

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  34. That is some amazing work! Such a talent, and a perfect 'C' word. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. You are so good in doing this, Kim. Love the pillow!...Christine

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  36. This is absolutely gorgeous Kim! The layering, the glaze, the turquoise color coming through... just gorgeous!! This is just the finish I have been contemplating on that frenchy chair I found... Thank you so much for joining the party this week! I love it!
    I apologize about the award too- Of course, NOW I see your button saying award free.... ooops... I really just so love your blog and style...Anyway, you did a fantastic job on this chair, and I agree with the others- you should open a shop, girl!! :)

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  37. I love your "new" chair, but I think I love your chest and bed ensemble even more. Any more pics of your master br?

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  38. Kim, if I saw this chair in an antique store, I'd think it was worth big bucks! It turned out great! Thank you for sharing all of the paint colors and telling about how you accomplished this look. laurie

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  39. You have quite an eye for decorating. I like your taste in dogs, as well. We have a Yorkie who will be 14 in December!

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  40. WOW, what a change!! The chair looks amazing!! XO ~Liz

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  41. Just in case you run out of items to feed your paint addiction, I know an address that has LOTS of possibilities for painting!! LOL!

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  42. Absolutely LOVE the chair! You did a great job of acheiving the worn look with all the color layering - you must be very patient!

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  43. Oh, this turned out heavenly! I love it!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  44. Kim, you really should start a business doing this. You are SOOO talented and I am starting to wonder, why not get paid for it? This chair really reminds me of my grandma(that is probably the highest compliment I can give:)) and it just takes me back to an old chair she had on the farm. I am always in awe of the things you do, but this chair really speaks to me, more than any of your other pieces and I just need to tell you that you are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this, think about selling your wares, you would do really really well. Love ya-ERin

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  45. Great job, bravo Kim, it looks fantastic:))
    Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, Biljana

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  46. This is beautiful. What type of wax do you use I need to try this on some of the furniture I still need to get painted.

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  47. Brenda, I use Minwax finishing paste wax in natural. It comes in stain colors, too, but I have not tried those yet.

    Thanks to everyone for your gracious comments.

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  48. Amazing transformation! I loved it in it's natural state too, so either way it's a beautiful chair. Looks like you did another professional looking paint job. So, what did you decide about the fireplace area yesterday?

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  49. Love the chair and so happy to see you using AMACO's Rub 'n Buff! I know the Patina can be harder to find, so it's great to see you using it. It's a nice accent to the color palette you chose. I would like to post on our Facebook and Twitter and I will link back to you. If you'd like to try one of our other 16 colors let me know.

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  50. Amaco, that would be great. You can email me and I will give you my address.

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  51. Just checking a few of my favorites from the road. I love this chair...and, in usual Kim fashion, it is perfect. I am glad to see that little pillow close up..the old post that showed it I could only see the veining in the leaves and it looked like Pine. I WANT that pillow...okay...and now I want the chair too! Hugs-Diana

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  52. Kim, I have featured a photo from your blog again on my Favorite Things post this weekend. Hope that is okay. laurie

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  53. You are doing such a great job on your glazing and painting projects! Love the new look you gave this chair!

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  54. what a great chair makeover! now the chair fit the room perfectly! thanks for sharing. have a great weekend!
    xo
    fitty

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  55. Kim, you should start a business distressing furniture! I finally gave it a try and I must say it is addictive, now I am looking around the house for something else that needs a change. Love the chair!

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  56. What a transformation!

    It fits the room perfectly...

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  57. So wonderful and I just the love the pillow...so sweet!!

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  58. I really love what you did with this chair. The Patina really added so much to it. I'm your new follower!

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  59. You keep blowing us away with your fantastic transformations !! Love the "new" chair ... and it looks so pretty in your bedroom against your chocolate walls! *Becca*

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  60. Just love it.....you certainly know colors. I love the patina! And all the worn places are just perfection.

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  61. You may have a sickness but I think it is a great sickness to have!!! Chair turned out great and looks good in your bedroom!

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  62. Looks gorgeous Kim! I love how you have it decorated so nicely too with the hat boxes underneath - what a great idea.
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  63. I really love what you did with this, Kim! Turned out beautifully and transformed the chair!

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  64. This is an amazing transformation. This looks like a very expensive chair from an exclusive store.

    You are really talented at seeing 'diamonds on the rough'!

    And that pillow.

    Good thing I don't live by you. You might find it missing one day 'by accident'!

    Thanks for linking to Alphabe-Thursday.

    I was inspired by my stop here today.

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  65. Kim, The chair turned out wonderful! I love the transformation to white and shabby.
    xo, Sherry

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  66. I am SO bookmarking this one! What a fabulous job! Your skills are amazing. I really love that you posted a tutorial on this. I have a small bench in mind for just this treatment.

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  67. The chair turned out lovely and looks perfect in the bedroom!

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  68. Kim What a fantastic transformation! I love the finishing technique - beautiful! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I'll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  69. What a great transformation. It makes me want to go to the thrift store right now!

    Thanks!

    BTW, I have a silky who looks just like yours, so it was really fun to happen onto your blog!

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  70. You achieved the look you were going for :) BRAVA!

    Susan

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