I restyled the french chairs you see below for a favourite client of mine Sarah Lauren Photography. Sarah was looking for a beautiful seating arrangement, which would be a focal point of her soon to be newly designed and restyled studio. She wanted something gorgeous to look at and sit on, totally unique and indivually designed for her and to have a romantic, shabby look and feel about them. See what you think...
Hmm, not sure about these old things, bit old fashioned and fusty looking...
Ooh la la, are those a pair of gorgeous french chairs I see before me?
How elegant and refined would you feel sitting in these shabby chic, distressed chairs?
The process: I stripped the chairs to their bare bones and gave them a good sanding down to smooth them, ready for applying Annie Sloan paint. I used a base of Paris Grey and then applied two coats of Old White before rubbing them down, waxing with clear wax and then sanding to achieve a shabby, worn, distressed look.
Geoff Bennett Upholstery (01626 361173) then replaced the worn, old seat pads with a lovely deep ones to ensure a comfy resting place for ones derriere and then recovered the chairs in Villa Nova Bruges River fabric.
And here they are in all their glory at the recent The Wedding Fair that took place at Westpoint on 8th & 9th October 2011.
Sarah is delighted with the final result and I can honestly say that all of the hard work and effort to create them was absolutely worth it. I am so pleased with how they look and can't wait to see them in place once we finalise Sarah's studio.
I hope you like them too, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them. And if you'd like any help with finding similar items or want me to restyle some furniture for you then please do get in touch!