Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dreadful Pink Chair Makeover...Part 1

I have salvaged these chairs with great bones from furniture exile. You all might remember them from my post The Island of Misfit Furniture? Well this post is dedicated solely to the chairs! Here is a photo of the chairs where they have lived for years and years...my parents barn!

My great grandmother Hazel painted them PINK and then "antiqued" them with gold. Apparently that was in fashion in the 50's?? But I love their fleur-de-lis detail and the delicate backs, so I decided to rescue them and make them glamorous once again! This photo is the day we got them out of the barn and scrubbed them free of dust and grime (they were so happy to see sunlight!).
I forgot to take pictures of the "during," but here the chairs are after a light sanding and a few coats of glossy black spray paint. It was (surprisingly?) hard to get coverage over that shocking pink. I think they are so graceful now! My dad made supports for the seats because some of them were missing seats entirely, and now its time to upholster! Here is where y'all come in: Please leave me a comment--which fabric do you prefer? Things to keep in mind: will I get totally sick of the fabric? Also, I want to be able to move these chairs from room to room depending on where I need them. I don't want them to be too boring though!


Fabric Choice A: Amy Butler. Very modern and MOD. Gray and yellow--my current favorite color combination.

Fabric Choice B: Jungle Print. This was the losing fabric from my Footstool Makeover.
Fabric Choice 3: This neutral ikat. I am loving brown with black right now, and although ikat is very trendy right now, I think it has staying power. Am I deluding myself? Also, is this absurd with fleur-de-lis?
Fabric Choice 4: This one is a textured monochromatic tromp-l'oeil, in VERY neutral beige. Is it too light so that it will show stains and marks? I think this is the most traditional fabric by a long shot--is it too boring?

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post comments because I would love input on this!!

9 comments:

Amy said...

I vote for yellow because: 1) it is the name of your blog; and 2) yellow is my favorite color!

Lesley said...

Very nice! I like the black a lot. Are you trying to pick a fabric before this weekend? Or can I see the swatches when I'm there and then give you input?

Anonymous said...

option 4 is the most classic and stately - probably my pref. options 2 and 3 are more african/retro/chic. option 1 reminds me of a chess set.

Lesley said...

i think I like Choice A the best. It's almost like there are little fleur-de-lis patterns in it, so it looks nice with the chair details. But then again, I picked the losing fabric from before, so I clearly like that one too :) Monkeys!

Allison said...

I vote B) because C is yes absurd with fleur-de-lis and actually I think A might not be absurd but is maybe looking like it's trying to match fleur-de-lis but doesn't really? #4 is good but a bit of a yawner. you're the one who has to live with it though so maybe something neutral is ok? and yes. monkeys!

Louise said...

I vote 2 or 3. I think 2 is more fun, but maybe 3 would be more versatile?

mom said...

I think number 3 because it repeats the colors in the curtain and the shape to some extent. It is much more unique than option 4. But you can always redo it!

Michelle | When I Grow Up Coach said...

I might be too late, but I like them all! As in, you should use them all & make them unmatchy. But then again, Punky Brewster is my fashion inspiration...

Lari said...

geez you are so creative. i wish i did half of these things!!!! i vote for the first one. good luck!!!!


xo, lari