BEFORE & AFTER: BEHIND THE SCENES FRENCH CHAIRS
HGTV aired, Tiger Lily’s approved! We love being part of Lara Spencer’s ” I Brake For Yard Sales,” team and watched like all the other viewers as the pieces we helped put together came to life in the homes of two deserving families on the debut episode friday Oct. 4th. If you didn’t see it, watch for repeats! Lara coined me the “fabric guru” which actually made me laugh because I can recall pouring over prints and colors in a bid to bring what’s old back to new again. So here it goes:
We started with the family’s wood framed, french styled bergere chair. They were well-worn and featured the original and at one time popular silk check with a goldish faux wood finish. The pair had a loose cushion and loose back.
We decided on a neutral print for new upholstery. I especially liked the concept of bringing a print into a room for this family. Husband and wife were looking for a neutral palette to create a new classic look that could go the distance as styles and trends change. The ferns were a perfect pick to satisfy all the points on our check list.
To save on the expense of the fabric, we changed the back of the chair to be a tight back. This new look came out of the consideration to save some cost on the price of fabric but also added decorative value. The beauty of bringing a older piece to our workroom, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com, is that we can make small changes to existing pieces that are not only decorative but cost effective.
We left the seat cushion alone and worked with the existing fabric to make a matching border on the seat. The entire frame is finished with a fresh white wash to remove all the dated golden hues that were once a focal point of the chair.
The outcome is remarkable. We were able to transform what looked like a tired and dated living room chair to one that was inviting and fresh both in color and print. The reveal on this one is ten times more exciting on the show “I Brake For Yard Sales.”
Be sure to check HGTV for more episodes of I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES! For more information on Tiger Lily’s visit our website, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.