Category: chairs

A Kitchen Reborn Continued

With the addition of their new bar, my client’s kitchen table and chairs were too large for their new space.  As I regularly attend estate sales, visit thrift stores and yard sales, I’m always on the look out for some wonderful piece of furniture.  It was at an estate sale that I found the perfect table and chair set for their kitchen.  The photo below was taken at the estate sale.

Many of you know that I love the french provincial style, since it can have so many different looks.  My clients trust my judgement (definitely an honor) so I purchased the set.  The table needed to be round rather than oval to fit in the kitchen, but this round top wasn’t large enough to accommodate 5 people.

We purchased a larger wood table top, which my client affixed it to the original table base.  The base was painted black and distressed to match the bar.  Three coats of a dark walnut stain with polyurethane were applied;  I love the look of the table.

The chairs were finished before I tackled the table.  All were cleaned, sanded and primed and you can see at the difference between the chair’s original color compared to the primed chairs.

Here’s a look at the kitchen chair before and after.

The chairs were painted the same color as the cabinets.  I didn’t distress them like the cabinets nor use the same brown glaze. The metallic coffee glaze was a better match for the seat cushion fabric.

The table is the perfect size for this space.

Their large kitchen window had a honeycomb blind, which was a stark look for the room.  I added a pair of curtains, customized by sewing a band of the kitchen chair fabric and some decorative trim to them.

Here’s is a better view of the curtains.

My clients trusted me to purchase artwork for their home, which includes three pieces in the kitchen.  I fell in love with this still-life of a purple chair, loving how the black frame looks with the bar.

In addition to the still-life, decanter bottles were added displayed on a decorative round plate.  A  salad size plate with a french advertisement for champagne also adds some whimsy.

Two smaller prints were hung on the opposite side of the curtains, which also have black frames.

During one of my estate sales, I found a cubby with an upholstered cushion that would fit perfectly in the space right by their garage door.  They keep their soda cans, shoes and coats in this area and I thought the cubby would add to some order as well as a place to put on their shoes.

Here is the cubby in actual use.

During a vintage shopping hunt, I found two rugs for the family.  One is by the kitchen sink, which pulls in the sage walls as well as the blue of the living room while continuing the back up color of black.

My clients are amazing cooks (I’ve sampled a few of their delicious pasta dishes and baked confections) and this is the perfect space for them to enjoy cooking and dining.  I’m thrilled and honored to have been able to play a  role in the design of this space.


Chairs, Chairs, Chairs

I’ve been juggling a variety of painting projects along with the myriad end of school year concerts, honor awards and graduation parties, like so many other parents across the country.

Chairs have been a central theme for me lately.  I found two matching chairs at a local thrift store that I thought would look great painted and certainly reupholstered.  They sat in my garage for more than 6 months before I decided to work on them.

before white chair

I decided to go with an off-white paint color and a greek key inspired fabric.

white chairs with wicker table

These chairs can be used in any room of the house whether as accent chairs in the living room, at the kitchen table to a bedroom for additional seating.  I have a number of chairs like these scattered throughout my house, including  my living room, kitchen, mud room and guest bedroom.

Angle of white chair

If I didn’t already have too many chairs in my home, I’d seriously consider keeping them.  However, they are for sale at The Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport.

white chair pad and back

A wonderful client asked me to paint her six dining room chairs.  At first she thought she wanted them distressed, so I painted them with chalk paint, which is perfect for distressing.


The color wasn’t right and the chairs felt too elegant for distressing.  Round two … I sanded the chairs again and this time primed them.


My client wanted a darker color than the first so I choose Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint because it can be tinted in darker colors and it’s a very durable paint product.

spray painted

Chairs are very challenging.  Although I used my spray gun with them, it was difficult to get good coverage of the legs, the stretchers (the piece that spans the legs in the middle) and all of the nooks and crannies.  The chairs needed three top coats of paint in addition to the prime coat.  I will get a photo of the finished chairs in my client’s home by the end of the month and will update the blog.

I found these charming chairs on the side of the road.  The only noticeable issue is that the roping is off a corner of one chair, other than that, they are in great condition.

road side chairs before closer

They are available to be customized for your home.

Update for Chairs and Then Some

I fell in love with my good friend’s new home with its tall ceilings, great molding and lots of character.  She let me snap some photos of the dining room with the table and chairs I painted for her.

Here are the before photos:

They have just moved in so there’s no artwork on the walls, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the “after” photos:

I love the Mediterranean feel she wanted in the dining room as it’s fun, inviting and invigorating.  I love seeing the furniture in my client’s homes, knowing that they have a new lease on life. 

 Chairs and then more chairs.  Here they are lined up, waiting their turn to be sanded and cleaned before I turned my spray gun on them with primer.

Believe it or not, a friend called to tell me that 6 chairs, including these two arm chairs, and a dining room table were in an alley on trash day.  I zipped over and with the help of another friend, I was able to make two trips to retrieve these goodies.

 On one of the arm chairs, an arm was broken in a number of pieces, but my handy dandy main squeeze was able to piece and glue it back together.  And now the chairs look like new.

This table has 4 legs that were painted the same creamy color as the chairs.  The table is awaiting the primer to dry.

I love the color my client (and good friend) selected.  She just bought a new home and didn’t have a dining room table.  I had already upholstered the chair seats and thankfully the fabric works in her dining room.

The table needs another coat of paint and then 2-3 applications of polyurethane when the paint is fully dry.  I can’t wait to see the entire set in her new home ~ which I haven’t seen yet.  Woohoo!

Another Set of Dining Room Chairs

A few months ago a lovely couple who live around the corner from me, brought a handsome dining room arm chair they wanted painted black.  I sent them this photo to give them an idea of how the chair would look.  I’m including this so you can see the thrush seat that the chairs have.

There are 8 chairs total that have been painted.

The chairs have great details.  The couple are going to keep a few and then give each of their adult kids a couple of chairs as well.  Great idea!

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