First up, I’ve drawn Deb’s name at random to win my 15 minutes of fame giveaway. I know there are a few of you Deb’s out there, but I have been in contact with the Deb that won and she knows who she is (sorry other Deb’s!).
Continuing on with my theme of ‘projects for me’ … wait, that sounds so selfish, doesn’t it? Me, me, me. As a reminder, since my furniture isn’t selling so hot these days, I’m focusing my energy on finishing up items that I’ve wanted to refurbish for my own home instead of items to sell. Some of these things have been hanging out in my carriage house for years just waiting for their moment to shine.
I finally have time to get to them!
So, one of the things I’m working on is a refresh of my photo cottage a.k.a. summer house a.k.a. potting shed. Yep, it has been called all of those things over the years, most recently it was the photo cottage.
If you’ve been with me since way back, you’ll remember that I restyled this shed in my back yard into the ‘photo cottage’ in 2014. My plan was to create a space where I could stage all of my furniture photos.
As it turned out, it wasn’t really suited for that. The space wasn’t quite big enough, and at certain times of the day sunlight reflecting off the nearby red carriage house turns the lighting decidedly pink. So a few years back I gave up on the photo cottage and lately I have been mainly using it as storage.
That led to my decision to go ahead and turn it back into a potting shed. I’m working on a couple of pieces that will make their new home in the potting shed starting with an old wicker chair.
While considering what I wanted in the space, I knew I wanted some sort of chair in that corner shown above. The chair in that photo has since been moved into my Q branch and is actually the chair I’m sitting in as I’m typing this. I really like it in this space, so I needed a replacement for the potting shed. I started surfing Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist for suitable chairs and didn’t find much in my price range (super cheap) that I liked. I did find an old, beat up wicker chair that was a possible candidate, but then I remembered! I already had an old, beat up wicker chair upstairs in the carriage house.
Does it sometimes seem like the upstairs of my carriage house is this magical space that I can continuously pull fabulous pieces out of? Sort of like pulling a rabbit out of a magician’s hat?
Anyway, I had this chair up there.
Way, way back I had Ken add casters to the legs on this chair and I used it as my desk chair before I gave the Q Branch a makeover and it still looked like this …
In case you’re curious, the added casters were a bit of a disaster. Drilling the holes in the legs required for the casters ended up compromising their integrity (never a good thing), and they didn’t hold up to a lot of rolling around.
So, I removed the casters, glued a broken leg, and then gave the chair a fresh paint job using Rustoleum spray paint in Leafy Green.
I typically use spray paint on wicker because it’s so much easier to get in all the grooves with spray.
Next I reupholstered the plywood seat by adding 4 layers of batting and some fill first, then covering that with an old scrap of vintage floral bark cloth that I had in my stash.
The scrap I had was just the right size for this seat, so it felt meant to be. I know I’m taking a step back to my old shabby chic days with this piece, but that’s OK. I’m putting it in my potting shed, I can choose whatever makes me happy for in there … and this does.
Now, I will admit, this chair is pretty beat up.
But I don’t care. It just gives it more character. It shows that this chair has lived a full life, and it’s continuing to serve a purpose even if it’s showing its age a little … sort of a metaphor for my own life.
Here’s one last photo that I’m sharing specifically for Honoré who asked to see a wider photo of the carriage house with my new guest bed sign/planter in front of it.
I’m not sure if that gives you the full effect you were looking for, but there it is.
So, the chair is done and next up I’m working on a potting bench sort of piece for the shed. I’ve got it painted but am waiting for some transfers that I ordered to finish it off. So stay tuned for that one!