Chalk Painted French Provincial Chair (What would you do?}

Friends, I could really use your help. Several years ago Mr. Frugalista inherited this French Provincial Chair and we had it reupholstered in a gold striped fabric. It looked great in our bedroom with the Wedgwood Grey painted walls and gold accents throughout the room.

Since installing the built-in window seat and bookcase in the master bedroom, we no longer have room for this chair in the room. The gold color doesn't work in any other room in our house either.

Considering the sentimental value of this chair and the fact that the upholstery is in excellent condition, I found an economical way to make this chair work in our home. I changed the color of the fabric by chalk painting our French Provincial Chair.

Chalk Painted French Provincial Chair

Chalk Painted French Provincial Chair

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 painted French Provincial Chair After One Coat

This isn't my first chalk painting upholstery rodeo. I painted a Wing Chair and a French Provincial Armchair as well.

In the past I used a 1:1 ratio of chalk paint and water. This time I decided to try a different approach and 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. But first, like the others, I lightly dampened the fabric using a spray bottle.

Chalk Painted French Provincial Chair After Second Coat

I was very pleased with how fresh the chair was looking and the two toned white stripes.

Gold French Provincial Chair Upholstery Chalk Painted White

After the forth coat I gave the chair a coat of clear wax to soften the fabric and now it feels like buttah.

White Chalk Painted French Provincial Chair Upholstery

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 Makeover with painted upholstery

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

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

French Provincial Chair Chalked Painted White

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

Stripes or No Stripes on this chalk painted chair
Grain Sack Stripes Added Using PicMonkey
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UPDATE: What I ended up doing Update On French Provincial Chair.

Looking forward to reading your comments and suggestions.   

Chalk Painted French Provincial Chair Before and After

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