Thursday, May 10, 2012

French and Flirty Dining Chairs

I absolutely love french provincial furniture.  Some may say I like to abuse it because I'm not your typical shabby chicer.  I love dark, bold colors, but I also love the shabby chic details (ie. distressing, waxing, and vintage graphics).  I got these great cane back dining chairs at the thrift store.  Originally I had planned to only buy one (there were 2 available), well actually I did only buy one for my desk chair.  After painting it I put it against my dining room table and decided that I loved the color with my dining table (super unexpected) so I quickly ran back to the store and got the other one.  So now, they are not my desk chairs, but my dining chairs.  So long story longer,  I still need a chair for my desk.

I didn't snap a before picture, but I got them in primer stage

After primer I painted them Rustoleum Raspberry and added a neutral chenille that I got for $2 bucks a yard.

The reason I went with such a boring fabric was 1.) It was cheap and 2.) It needed to go with my other 2 patterned dining chairs.

Well, I didn't like it.  Too boring and didn't like the contrast.  So I picked up some iron on transfer paper and went over to The Graphics Fairy and found a vintage graphic that I liked.  I printed it out in reverse mode and ironed it right on to the chair seat.  Here is the result:

They probably would've come out better if I had done them before upholstering, but oh well.

I figure as they wear in this will look better.  I would show you how they look with my dining table, but I haven't even started painting it yet and I want you to get the full effect.

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  1. That color is really cool for your chairs! Now I am thinking about what I have that can get the razzy ;-p

    Lately I have been on a kick for painting my furniture in bright colors, and it's nice to meet another bold sou.

    Great job!

    1. That is supposed to be "bold soul" -- this auto spell-correct thing makes me nuts.

  2. Monica, I am a darker color gal too, but these chairs will definitely make your Dining room Pop! I like the Iron on too. Gotta love Graphics Fairy! Thank you for linking these up to Rustic Restorations Weekend Linky Party!

  3. Thanks for the party invitation! Good luck on your bookcases ;-)

  4. They are beautiful! I want them for my dining room too, can you share? :) Love the color!

  5. I am a new reader, love the color you chose! Tanya :)

  6. love the new look of your chairs. I too am a fan of Karen (the graphics fairy)


  7. Super cute colors! LOVE the cheerful vibe!

  8. ... and OF COURSE I love them. :D They're yours. Thanks so much for sharing this week on BeColorful