I've had this French chair with a wicker back and upholstered seat in the works for a long time, since November last year and I'm finally happy with the outcome.
I bought this little chair at auction and it was in a sorry state. The wicker was all discoloured, the upholstery was filthy and the wood was not looking too good.
I painted the chair with my home-made chalk paint, waxed it and reupholstered in it a drop sheet. I thought it was a little bare and bland so I never bothered to add the trim as I knew I wouldn't leave it as it was.
Then in January I bought a Paris stencil from Maison de Stencils and thought this chair would be a good candidate. The stencil is lovely and cost $40. Maison de Stencils has a fabulous range. go check them out here.
However I didn't like it. I thought it was a bit too tacky/try-hard. Really not my style. So I finally worked out what I needed to do. I've not seen this done before and I am beyond happy with it.
A woven drop sheet!
This was quite time consuming - all afternoon - but I was able to use a drop sheet I had on hand. The colour of the drop sheet perfectly matches the paint I've used on the wood, but the woven pattern gives it some interest. I even made my own binding using the sewn edge of the drop sheet.
To ensure that the woven fabric doesn't pull apart, I've used a little glue from the glue gun along the joins. The glue isn't visible but it will mean the weave will be durable )and will be safe from prying little fingers.
To make the trim I just rolled up some a strip on the edging seam of the drop sheet and then glued it together and then glued it on to the chair. It looks great!
The corners were very tricky to get looking good especially as there was a lot of material to deal with but I think it's turned out okay.
So what do you think?
I'd love to hear about some of your projects that have taken a long time to get right. Come on make me feel better about how long this has sat in the corner of our bedroom half finished!