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February 26, 2015

Painted French Provincial Chair {What would you do?}

Hey guys I could really use your help!  Several years ago Mr. Frugalista inherited this French Provincial Chair and we had it reupholstered in a gold stripe fabric.  It worked perfectly with the Wedgewood Grey and gold color scheme in our master bedroom but since installing the built-ins, we no longer had room for it.

The gold color doesn't work in any other room of the house either but for sentimental reasons we don't want to part with the chair. The upholstery is in excellent condition, aside from a stain that I could not remove for the life of me. So I decided to change the color using chalk paint!

French Provincial Chair Before and After

So I got to work painting it with a 50/50 mixture of  Pure White and Old White chalk paint.  Here it is after one coat.

Chalk painting upholstery on a French Provincial chair after First Coat

I've chalk painted upholstery before by adding water to the paint to dilute it. This time I decided to dip the bristles of my brush into a pail of water first and then into undiluted paint. I have to say I much prefer this method as it goes on so much smoother. Before applying the paint I lightly dampen the chair using a spray bottle.

Chalk painting a French Provincial chair white after Second Coat

I was liking how it was toning down the gold and softening the stripes and that nasty stain disappeared quickly too.

Chalk painted upholstery on French Provincial Chair Close Up View 1

After the forth coat I gave the chair a coat of clear wax to soften the fabric. Works like buttah like buttah!

Chalk painted upholstery on a French Provincial Chair Close Up View 2

So soft and pretty!  I gave the legs a little dark wax in the grooves to make the details pop and give the chair more depth.

French Provincial Chair Upholstery and Wood chalk painted white

Then came time to style it for photos.  It looks great with the small nesting table I refinished last year.

Chalk painted French Provincial chair and matching nesting table

Since the tea was poured and the cookies were out of the package, I stopped for a break.

Stopping for tea after finishing a French Provincial Chair makeover

I'm definitely liking this chair much better in white but here's the thing.

Painting the upholstery and frame of a French Provincial Chair

...I feel like it needs something.

This is where you guys come in.  I could really use your help.  Which option would you choose if it were your chair?  

Should grain stripes be added to the painted French Provincial Chair?
Grain Sacks Drawn Using PicMonkey

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Looking forward to reading your comments and/or suggestions.  Much appreciated!

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