Monday, March 19, 2012

Fabulous french upholstered chair

The Primrose and Pearl boutique opened tonight, and it has a ton of darling things.  I had a very hard time walking out of there without spending a fortune buying one of everything.  If you live in the area you really should check it out.  If you missed the details, check them out HERE.  One of my very favorite pieces that I am selling at the show is this darling little French chair that I reupholstered.

When I first picked up this chair, it was actually already pretty darned cute and in fantastic condition.

It just wasn't, well, me.  So I did what any other insane person would do to a perfectly good chair.  Rip it apart and start over.

After I took off the cording and staples, I painted the frame with a watered down coat of Annie Sloan's chalk paint in old white.  Here's a secret.  I didn't remove the upholstery on this chair because it was clean and all of the foam and batting were still very firm and in good condition. Then, I sanded heavily for an ultra distressed look.  As a reminder, this chalk paint sands off super easily and quickly, so if you want minimal distressing, use a very fine sandpaper and press ever so lightly.  I protected the full frame with clear wax and buffed it quickly.

Next, I upholstered the top, bottom, and back pieces with a fantastic blue and cream outdoor canvas fabric I found for a steal at Home Fabrics.  I was ecstatic that they had exactly the amount that I needed, and I love the fact that it's outdoor fabric.  If you aren't familiar with this type of fabric, it's made nearly waterproof (but without a funky texture) so that it can be easily spot cleaned by just wiping it with a rag.  I plan on upholstering my french sofa in an outdoor material to get me through the next several years with little kiddos in the house.

After sewing together a new cushion and finishing the edges off with my double welting cord, she was oh so Penny Wenny.

And though it was hard for me to put her in the truck and drive her away from my house, she is for sale at the Primrose and Pearl Boutique

If you would like more detailed instructions on how to do your own upholstery work, check out my tutorial HERE.

I will share more details on the other items for sale in upcoming posts but thought I would at least share some pictures here.

I refinished this pair of accent chairs (you will DIE when you see the before),

this vintage dresser,

this fabulous Drexel Heritage hutch,

the matching yellow nightstands I shared with you here,

several darling accessories racks I made from vintage shutters,

and of course some pillows.

I had a lot of fun getting each of these pieces ready, but I'm not going to lie; I'm so ready for a little breather. 
Signing out,

~Penny Wenny

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Primrose and Pearl

It's been far too long since I have posted.  Here's what's happened over the past several weeks.

1) Ben chose Courtney.  Ew.

2) I went to Costa Rica. With my hubby.  No kids.  Pure HEAVEN.

3) I've been chalking off a ton of projects in preparation for a local boutique that I'm participating in next week.  I have lots to share, but I'm not going to show you everything just yet.  Instead I'll give you a few sneak peeks at what I've been up to.

As you can see I've been in a "chippy" and rather "distressed" mood lately.  I'm kind of thrilled with how each of these recent pieces have turned out.  I can't wait to show them all to you! 

If you live in Utah and are interested in attending the show, it starts this Monday March 19 and runs through Saturday March 31.  The boutique is held in the Secret Haven show in Fruit Heights Utah.  All the details are included below. 

Lots of posts coming soon on my recent projects!  I hope you all are well.