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French Provincial Chair Fabric Painted White With Chalk Paint

Do you have an accent chair in your home that you love and is in great condition but the dated fabric has it hiding in the basement for no one to see? We have one of those - a chair that Mr. Frugalista inherited with sentimental value. We splurged several years ago and had it upholstered. The fabric is still in mint condition but the gold color no longer works in our home. Replacing perfectly good fabric seems like a waste and so I took the budget-friendly approach and painted the fabric on the French Provincial chair instead.

French Provincial Chair Fabric Painted White

French Provincial Chair Fabric Painted White


But first, let's take a peek at the gold striped fabric before I started...

French Provincial Chair Before Painted White

You can see there is nothing wrong with it and would be a shame to replace when there is another alternative.

How to paint fabric on furniture

I created a custom color by mixing a 50:50 ratio of Annie Sloan pure white and old white chalk paint. The photo below shows the chair after one coat of paint.

French Provincial Chair Fabric Painted One Coat

This isn't my first time painting upholstery with chalk paint. I painted our burgundy Wing Chair red and a tufted armchair for a client.

What I did differently this time

In the past, I used a 50:50 ratio of chalk paint and water. This time I tried a different method by dipping just the tips of my brush into water first, and then into undiluted chalk paint. I have to say I much prefer this method as it goes on so much smoother and with better coverage. But first, like the other chairs, I lightly dampened the fabric first with a spray bottle and worked in sections.

French Provincial Chair Fabric Painted Second Coat

I should mention, wait for the paint to dry between coats. It took four coats to completely cover the gold stripes on my chair. In the photo below you can get a closer look at how lovely the painted stripes give texture to the chair.

French Provincial Chair Fabric Painted Four Coats

After the paint dries the fabric will feel stiff to the touch but once you give it a coat of clear wax with a round wax brush, it will soften the fabric like buttah.

I would recommend, especially with a light color, to wait 30 days for the wax to cure before using the chair. I waited a week and brought it out for my daughter's baby shower and had denim stains all over the chair.

French Provincial Chair Fabric Painted And Waxed

The wood frame of the chair was also painted white at the same time but I used dark wax to give them an aged patina. The photo below shows how I applied the wax into the ridges and along the recessed parts of the legs.

French Provincial Chair Painted White After Dark Wax

What a difference white paint made to this chair and it looks lovely paired with the small nesting table I also painted white.

French Provincial Chair Painted White

But I couldn't stop there.

It felt like the chair needed a little something-something to dress it up. So I reached out on Facebook asking for feedback. The consensus was that I should leave the chair As Is and add some decorative upholstery tacks around the curve of the front legs.

Another suggestion was that I add a pillow with a pop of color. As soon as I read those two suggestions I knew exactly what this chair needed.

Embellishing the chalk painted chair

Adding decorative trim

So I tried adding these silver upholstery tacks because our living room has silver accents and thought they would be perfect.

French Provincial Painted Chair Upholstery Tacks

FAIL - far too masculine for this curvy chair.

I had these pretty self-adhesive pearl stickers leftover from the Christmas Cone Trees made during the holidays. They come in long strips so they were easy to line up and hot glue in place.

French Provincial White Painted Chair Pearl Trim

They add a lovely feminine touch to this French Provincial chair, don't you think?

French Provincial Chair Painted White With Pearl Trim

Adding A Pop Color

The second suggestion was adding a pop of color. I happened to have fabric in my stash leftover from the DIY kitchen roman shade that I made using an extra drapery panel from the living room.

I also remembered I had some leftover fabric from the faux roman shade in the master bedroom that I made from drapery panels.

While rummaging through my stash I also found some leftover clothesline cord used to make piping on the window seat cushion in the master bedroom AND I found a small pillow form. See where I'm going with this?

French Provincial Chair Pillow Supplies

It took all of fifteen minutes and zero dollars to make and the perfect pop of color for the white painted chair.

This post is long enough so I'm not going to get into a detailed tutorial on how to sew piping. In the photo below you can see that I used the zipper foot on my sewing machine and stitched tight against the fabric wrapped cording.

French Provincial Painted Chair Pillow DIY Piping

It wasn't until after I added the photo below that I noticed a crease in the fabric. Oops, note to self - steam pillow.

French Provincial Painted Chair DIY Pillow

I'm so glad I reached out on facebook because thanks to you, the chair now has the perfect pop of color and feminine details that make it unique.

French Provincial Painted Chair With DIY Pillow

French Provincial Chair Painted White

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Turquoise Sofa Table {It's Third Incarnation}

Our humble abode was is bursting at the seams with furniture.  Last weekend I bit the bullet and decided to part with some of our pieces.  Like this sofa table that we purchased several years ago at an auction.

Turquoise Sofa Table After

Originally it looked like this...

Turquoise Sofa Table Originally
Sorry, pre-blogging photo

...and then like this.

Turquoise Sofa Table After It's First Makeover
Sorry, before I knew anything about taking good pictures.

I decided to freshen it up with one more makeover before parting with it. The plan was to paint it turquoise with little distressing and silver leaf the grooves. Well this baby had a mind of it's own and no matter how hard I tried it decided it wanted more distressing.

Turquoise Sofa Table with distressing

Silver leaf in the grooves?  Heck no it wanted white!

Turquoise Sofa Table with white details

So turquoise and white it is!  I waxed the entire table with my new favorite thing...white wax.

Turquoise Sofa Table Left Side

I kept the original (original from the first makeover) glass knobs.

Turquoise Sofa Table with glass knobs

I added some pretty to the inside of the drawer.

Turquoise Sofa Table drawer lined with wallpaper

And now it is time to part with it.  Despite having no room in this house I really really really want to keep it.  I have absolutely no turquoise in this house but I still want to keep it.

Turquoise Sofa Table After

But I can't so bye bye sofa table, I hope you find a good home!

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Vintage Executive Wooden Desk with Carte Postale Top

Last summer I picked this vintage wooden desk up at a neighbor's garage sale for a song. Several weeks later I discovered a wooden ladder back chair sitting in our back yard, compliments of the same neighbor. Running out of room bursting at the seams with furniture awaiting makeovers I finally dusted them off and got to work unifying them as a set with matching Carte Postale graphics and chalk paint.
Painted Vintage Executive Wooden Desk

Vintage Executive Wooden Desk Makeover


This is what the desk used to look like...
Vintage Executive Wooden Desk Before
You can see in the photo below that the top had seen it's better days. I discovered a few messages carved into the wood.
Vintage Executive Wooden Desk Top Before Makeover
I hummed and hawed about sanding it down to the natural wood but that would have required taking it outside. At the time the temperatures were ranging around -26°C (that's around -14°F) and there was no way in H E double hockey sticks I was doing that so I opted to stay warm indoors and paint the stop instead.

Desk Makeover

The carcass of the desk was painted in a custom white color consisting of a 1:1 ratio of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint­­™ in the colors Old White and Pure White. The drawer fronts were painted in the color Pebble Beach (medium gray color) by Country Chic Paint.
Chalk painted Vintage Executive Wooden Desk
To give it a timeworn look, using 220 grit sandpaper, I distressed the edges of the desk and drawers.
Vintage Executive Wooden Desk Makeover Left

Vintage Executive Wooden Desk Makeover Right
Instead of replacing the bat wing drawer pulls, I spray painted them with Rustoleum Painter's Touch in the color Primer White (matte finish).
Painting original bat wing pulls for executive wooden desk makeover
...and distressed them with sandpaper to reveal some of the original finish underneath.
Painted Bat Wing Pulls on Vintage Executive Wooden Desk
The desktop felt like it was missing something and so I headed over to The Graphics Fairy website in search of the perfect graphic to transfer onto the top. As I always do, I found the perfect Paris Letter with Postmark.
Vintage Executive Wooden Desk with Carte Postale Top
I enlarged the graphic to fit the desktop over at the Blockposter website. I printed it and taped the graphic together. Using graphite paper, I traced the graphic onto the top.

Deciphering the Paris Letter and Postmark

Here is where the fun came in. As I was tracing the graphic it became difficult to superimpose because some parts of the original image were worn, making deciphering the cursive French handwriting a challenge. Wanting to accurately transfer the image I did some creative research on Google.

After a lot of digging, I managed to figure out that the circular date stamp was postmarked on November 2, 1837, in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, a city in Northern France with a mileage stamp of 643. It was addressed to Madame Sugat at 9 Rue Neuve in St. Denis, a northern suburb of Paris.

The oval stamp on the top left says Bonne Frères Boulange S•M.  I'm going to assume that is the name of the post office - Good Brother's in Boulange-Sur-Mer.

I'd love to hear from anyone well versed in marcophily to confirm if I am correct. Regardless it was a little eerie tracing the handwriting of someone who was alive 177 years ago!
Carte Postale Graphic on Vintage Executive Wooden Desk
I always like to add an element of surprise when the drawers are opened and thought this Old World Map wrapping paper was perfect. My preference for lining drawers is using wallpaper paste because I achieve far fewer air bubbles and wrinkles.
Executive Wooden Desk with Old World Map Lined Top Drawer

Executive Wooden Desk Makeover with Old World Map lined drawers
Most likely the bottom of this double drawer won't be seen once hanging file folders are in place but I gave it some paper goodness too.
Executive Wooden Desk with Old World Map lined double drawer

Ladder Back Chair Makeover

Now for that chair that mysteriously appeared in my back yard. It looks like it originally was stained in a cherry color but had been spray painted gray. Unfortunately fortunately for me, the reason it landed in my yard, was that it was full of paint drips. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before taking the power sander to it.

To unify the chair with the desk I painted it in the same colors as the desk and also gave it a timeworn look by distressing along the edges.
Ladder Back Wooden Chair Unified with Executive Wooden Desk | The Interior Frugalista
I transferred the same Paris Letter with Postmark graphic in a smaller size onto the seat.
Ladder Back Wooden Chair with Carte Postale Graphic
Now they look like they've always been a matching set.
Executive Wooden Desk and Chair Makeover

Executive Wooden Desk Ladder Back Chair


Vintage Executive Wooden Desk Before and After
If any of you know anything about old postmarks I'd love to learn more about the one on this envelope dated back to 1837.

This wasn't my first desk rodeo. I've done a few in different styles like this Queen Anne Writing Desk or Curbside Secretary Desk and French Provincial Secretary Desk.

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Mr & Mrs {Post Valentine's Day Décor}

In the spirit of Valentine's Day and our upcoming 28th Wedding Anniversary I made some easy peasy DIY décor for the master bedroom.  I whipped (pun intended) these Mr. & Mrs. Wall Plaques up in an afternoon while waiting for paint to dry on a piece of furniture.

Mr & Mrs Wooden Wall Plaques resting on the headboard

I already had everything I needed to make them.

Supplies needed to make Mr. & Mrs. Wall Art
What I Used:
  • thin hardboard
  • wooden crown plaques
  • ribbon
  • chalk paint in Old White and Duck Egg Blue
  • Word document and laser printer
  • graphite paper
  • script art brush
  • drill
Mr  DIY Wooden Wall Plaque

Mrs DIY Wooden Wall Plaque
These were so easy to make I feel kind of silly typing up a tutorial.

Step 1:
I cut the hardboard to size using a miter saw.  Then I drilled two holes on the top for the ribbon.

Step 2:
I applied two coats of a mixture of Old White & Pure White Chalk.

Step 3:
In Word I typed the words Mr. & Mrs. in the size and font I wanted and printed them on my laser printer.  Then I taped each word onto the pieces of wood and slipped a piece of graphite paper underneath.  I simply traced over the words to transfer them onto the wood and using chalk paint and a script art brush painted them in.

Step 4:
After they were dry I lightly distressed them using a sanding block.  Then I applied a coat of clear wax.

Step 5:
I purchased two wooden crown plaques at Michaels and painted them in Duck Egg Blue.  Then I attached them onto the wood using E6000 glue and let it cure for several hours.

Step 6:
I ran the ribbon through the holes and ta da!


Mr & Mrs Wooden Art

My plan was to have them hanging on each side of the headboard.  Mr. Frugalista turned 50 Shades of Grey at the mere thought of hooks, tacks, or nails punctured into his precious DIY 5-panel door headboard.  Okay, so I can't blame him but he wouldn't even allow 3M Command Hooks!

DIY Wooden Plaque Mr

DIY Wooden Wall Plaque Mrs

I still think they'd look better hanging from the headboard.

Mr and Mrs Headboard Art

I think one of the reasons we've survived 28 years of marriage is because sometimes you've got to pick your battles and know when it's just better to nod and say, "yes dear".

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