A few months ago I found this fabulous, antique, Baker chair. No, it doesn’t look so fabulous here, but I could see how, with a little paint and fabric, it could be just perfect! The bones are just wonderful!!! And to my delight, I discovered that there were actually three more just like it. Since I only needed two, I asked the antique dealer if he would split them up and he said “yes”! I was so excited.
But just as I was leaving the store, one of my clients came to mind. The other two chairs would be perfect for her living room! I immediately texted a picture and asked her to have a little imagination. You need to know, this client hates blue and, of course, these chairs were painted an awful blue! She trusted me, however, and I jumped on the opportunity to score these great chairs.
Here is where it gets fun: four chairs, two totally different homes. My space is full of bold colors mixed with whimsical pattern. I decided to paint my chairs Benjamin Moore Deep Royal, and I upholstered the seat in this luscious boucle.
My client’s home is romantic, with an antique flair, so as I sat on the living room floor (as I do at most client meetings… no need for a chair when you can sit on the ground and use the floor as your work space) and imagined. I wanted these chairs to be soft and hold up to the gorgeous french antique table that would rest between them. I chose Benjamin Moore Linen White for the base color, a brassy gold banding, and a light glaze over it all. For the seat fabric, I looked around and noticed that one of my most coveted fabrics was getting very little exposure on the sofa as a pillow, so I pulled it out and used it on these chair, as well.
I love the way that just paint and fabric can make the same chair read so completely differently! Do you have any great finds that you have transformed?