Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A french chair for a child

hi - I have decided to start a blog to record my DIY projects. Welcome to you and thanks for reading also.

I reupholstered this little kids chair for a friend's daughter's 5th birthday using a drop sheet and paint to transform it into a gorgeous French Chair. Usually I start my projects at the last minute (i.e. morning of or night before the birthday party) but we're glad we gave ourselves a lot of time on this one.  

I bought the chair on ebay for a bargain price of $1.75.



I pulled all the ripped stained pink gingham off, recovered it in a (clean) drop sheet with a million staples and some upholstery tacks and then painted it with stripes and a fleur de lys.  I made the fleur de Lys stencil myself. I used Artist acrylic paint mixed with a fabric fastener then ironed it once it was dry.  I then put some red material on the base to hid all the inner workings and replaced the little feet.


My little boy was a great apprentice. Check him out using his new tool set we gave him for Christmas. They are proper miniature tools and not toys. He thinks he is the bees knees!

french chair child upholstered lilyfield life

french chair child upholstered lilyfield life


french chair child upholstered lilyfield life


french chair child upholstered lilyfield life

Really happy with how it turned out - a couple of little smudges in the red line paintwork but I don't think it's too noticeable.

I'm sure my friend and her daughter will love it.

cheers
Fiona xx


23 comments:

  1. Nice!!!!
    My little guys had real tools too!

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  2. If you haven't already, make sure you enter my linky party for the chance to become Best of the Best and win an award and prizes!
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  3. Wow I adore this chair! You did a fabulous job. I would love for you to link this up to my VIP party this week. www.designergarden.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks a bunch for linking this up! I look forward to seeing what you have in store for next week.

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  5. This is the cutest chair I have seen in a long time! Love the regalness of it now-that's going to be some lucky kid!! Found you on a bloghop and I'm your newest follower! Claire

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  6. thanks everyone for your nice comments. My friend and her daughter loved the chair. She said she'd seen a similar one in a fancy shop for around $2000!! probably not made from drop sheet material though.....
    thanks also for becoming followers. Hopefully i can keep you inspired with future projects.

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  7. Hello! I just wanted to stop by and congratulate you for being a January finalist at Saturday Mornings! Voting for the winner begins this Saturday, so get your crew behind you!

    www.thesaturdaymorningsblog.com

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  8. I'm highlighting this project at my VIP party tomorrow!

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  9. What a cute chair and great idea!!! Love it!
    Cindy

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  10. That looks so good. I love it. Thanks for joining WUW.

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  11. oh i love that- it is soooo cute! much better than the pottery barn anywhere chair any day! it's got charm, and is unique!

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  12. Um...WOW. This is so stinking cute! Great job.

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  13. How cute... love all the details

    Pattie

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  14. Ummm...OH MY GOODNESS! That is absolutely beyond adorable! You did such a fabulous job transforming that and it looks like it belongs in a french children's boutique. Just gorgeous! :-)
    Vanessa

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  15. I love the makeover. The chair looks so cute!

    Dee
    Your new follower

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