fabric before & after

One of the antique chairs we found for our old cottage had some fairly loud fabric on it. I’d like to learn to upholster, and have a major project waiting for me besides this chair, but until that happens I thought I’d calm the existing colours down a bit.

before-chair.jpg

The hues I love to live with are very subdued; linens, greys, whites. I find it gives me a serene space to contain all the colour of living with children and a million projects. My temporary solution is a bit unorthodox, bear with me.

after-chair.jpg

I took some light coloured chalk paint (really!) and dry-brushed it on, rubbed it in, til it muted the pinks and greens. I like that the pattern of the damask fabric remains, and the quiet shade emphasizes the shape of the chair. It’s a Louis XV, so more or less Georgian, and I adore it. I’ll repaint the wood next, it’s rough and stained in places. First I’d like to finish waxing the dining chairs so we can sit down to a meal at our table.

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