I've had this chair since the week I moved from Dallas - last July (almost a year!). I found it at the North Dallas Antique Mall at Forest and Marsh in the last booth I looked in. It met all my criteria: Comfortable, solid, beautiful, and had some texture which I like to mix in my rooms. I had originally been looking for a Louis style chair for my living room, but I am really into cane back and bamboo textures and was sold the second I laid eyes on it. It had been a set of 2 chairs - but someone had already bought the other one. That's probably a good thing because if I had bought both, this one wouldn't have made it into Evelyn's big girl room.
The blue paint I used for the chair frame is Refresh by Sherwin Williams. It is a stunning color and I'm probably going to paint everything I can in E's room with it (Already working on a nightstand). Doesn't it just remind you of pool water?
The project began with some sanding of the wood parts (not the cane back) and then painting on a layer of Kiehl's. Then I sanded with a fine grit sandpaper and did 2 layers of the Refresh paint. I finished off the frame with my favorite Mixwax water based polyurethane:
My biggest tip - and I had to learn this the hard way - is when reupholstering something like this, work the fabric from back to front. I thought I would beat the system and worked front to back but now see why everyone recommends it the other way around. I just stapled the fabric onto the frame and then covered the staples with the double cord welting that I hot glued on top of it.
I had never done the double cord welting before and it in itself was a learning experience. I'm going to do a post on how to do your own, and it really looks great on wood framed chairs.
I did the chair and ottoman as a place for E and I to read books; she's already dragging the ottoman over to the bed as a way to climb up and then she says "Mommy, let's read a book in my bed." So there goes that hope. At least it looks good, right?