BEFORE & AFTER: JUST SIT RIGHT BACK & I WILL TELL A TALE…
Just sit right back and I will tell a tale, the tale of a faithful french chair. Ok~ It doesn’t rhyme and you may have thought by reading that I would transition into a nautical themed “Before & After,” but sometimes that is the way my mind works. To create something new out of something old, your mind always has to be working and I would argue in different ways!
The old french chair came in with a dated wood finish and silky orange fabric that was torn through years in the sun. A “Tip Of The Trade #1” when selecting fabrics for different use is to think about the where and how the piece will be used. Silk is organic, delicate fades and gets eaten by the sun. Upholstered on furniture in an environment where it gets a lot of tushy-time and you have a case of a gladiator in a ring without a weapon to fight.
In this case, we went with a Belgium linen damask print. Once I had the grayish toned fabric, it made sense to add some light white-gray to the frame to bring out the new modern fabric tones.
When I paint a frame, I spend the most time going into the wood grooves and carvings that originally made the piece great. It can be a messy venture, so when and if possible remove the surrounding fabric so you can really get into the contours of the piece.
Once the paint is dry, we went into upholstering the chair. The scale of the Damask is big. When you are using a print, “Tip Of The Trade #2,” It is especially important to center the pattern on the center of the piece, working from the outside in.
The finishing touch is the welting to conceal where the staples meet the wood frame of the chair. In this case we created a welt with the same fabric. Sometimes it is fun to pop a color or add decorative nails,
The end result is a beautiful bedroom Bergere chair upholstered in a durable Belgium linen damask print. The contemporary colors bring this piece fashion forward without taking away from the traditional beauty of the style and frame.
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