Remember the french cane back chair I picked up a few weeks ago?
I originally purchased the chair thinking that I would attempt to reupholster it, but I’ll admit I chickened out. No excuses really, just plain chicken. Then I decided I would paint the upholstery. I didn’t especially like the results. In the end, I asked my friend Sue to sew a new cover for the cushion, and I just left the underneath upholstery painted. I gave Sue a basic painter’s drop cloth to use on the cushion. Once it was sewn, I stenciled it. In hindsight, it would have been easier to stencil the fabric first, or at least before the cushion was in place. It was difficult to get a good result because there was so much give under the fabric. I’ll try to remember that for next time.
But, overall, I think the chair is darling.
I painted it with MMS milk paint in Linen. It’s a lovely, creamy white. I takes more coats to cover with the white paint than the other colors, this chair has 3 coats on it. Some spots probably could have used 4, but I didn’t have the patience.
To be honest, these sort of projects are more work than they are worth if the goal is to sell it and make a profit. Which is my plan. If you just wanted to do it for yourself though, it’s very doable. I think the chair went from outdated to chic for sure.