Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Making Progress

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Here are a couple things that are still works in progress. I finally started working on this chair last weekend. You can see the before picture below. If I remember correctly I think I only paid $15 for this at a flea market. I bought the blue linen fabric at a thrift store awhile back, 4 yards for $4.99. I'm still not finished with it, I need to add the trim around the edge to hide where I stapled the fabric on. I had second thoughts on the trim I had bought to do this (too bright) so I'm going to be looking for something better this week. This was the first time I've ever done upholstery like this and I was surprised...it wasn't too hard! Also, below you can see one of the wreath appliques that I've added to the small china cabinet. The reason there is only one is because sometimes I do really stupid things and this was one of those times! I only ordered one!!! I have no idea what I was thinking but I put in another order and I finally got the second one yesterday so now I can finish this up. I've painted it a light gray and next I'm going to glaze over it with a french blue and then I'm going to antique it. I sure hope it turns out how I'm imagining it! Below are the "before" photos of both these items.

59 comments:

Cottagecheap said...

That chair looks SO much happier with the white and blue! I can't wait to see the finished cabinet.

judicreations said...

Hi Cindy
Everything is looking so much better. I can't wait to see the applique up close ont he hutch. The chair colour is really nice and I'll look forward to seeing the trim too. It really shaped up and you would never guess it was the same one. good eye!

Hope you have a lovely day.

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

It looks great!!!!

M ^..^

salmagundi said...

They are turning out great!! Plus they look wonderful in your home. Sally

Pink Slippers said...

The C pillow is darling. And your projects are looking perfect. Wendy I just started to order from DO-It-Yourself-Chic and am very happy.
Wendy

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Beautiful!!! I can see they enjoy their new shabby look!!

Mary said...

Oh how much I love all your projects! You really should be doing this professionally.

Have you seen this makeover?

http://eddieross.typepad.com/eddie_ross/2008/08/secretary.html

I thought of you when I saw it.
xoxo,
Mary

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

oh that is looking great Cindy .

Glenda said...

Well another fine job you did my dear.

I love the grey with the chair and armoire. It gives it a different but not to harsh different appeal.

I am using more grey since I started visiting the french sites. Although they prefer to call it zinc.

Love it......

Ciao

Sallie said...

I love the little monogrammed pillow with the ribbon! CUTE!!

God bless,
Sallie

Country French Antiques said...

Looks lovely already.
I love the fabric color!

Sue said...

the chair is saying "THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME SOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!BEAUTIFUL. LOVE THE BIRDCAGE


SUE

Debbie said...

It totally amazes me how you just seem to always "whip" things into shape just like that, very pretty Cindy. Oh and I just love that bird cage find of yours, what a deal!

Blessings - Debbie

Lisa said...

What a difference a little paint, fabric, and good old hard work can make! Can't wait to see the finished products. Nice to know I'm not the only one that does things like order one of something when I know I really want 2...

September said...

The chair looks SO much better. And I'm loving that armoire so far!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

You perform "magic" dear, pure magic on furniture!!

Blessings,

Sher

Brown-Eyes said...

I just don't know how you do all you do...working full time and then finding diamonds in the rough to polish into jewels...Bravo!
;-) Bo

Bettsi said...

Wow!!! So pretty! I love the way they are turning out and I can't wait to see them finished!

Esther Sunday said...

Cindy - I just LOVE what you do! You have inspired me to decorate our bedroom in blue and white.(plates, dutch tile, blue and white bedding, etc.) I haven't been able to get away with a romantic look in all areas of my home, but my hubbers seems to be able to handle the blue and white stuff! So, I took advantage! Love, Esther

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Cindy,
You are so good,you have more patience than I do. That is alot of work on the armoire but it will be beautiful. I can't wait to see them all done they look so pretty already!
Hugs~Kelly

Carla said...

Wow, can you see the potential in a not-so-pretty piece of furniture! The chair is just lovely now and, with your painting skills, I'm sure the cabinet will turn out beautifully, too. I'm looking forward to your episode of Rate My Space.

AnnaSam said...

It is amazing!! I loooove the chair.You did a fantastic job on it.Have a blessed day.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi again Cindy, I subscribed to it to, but I don't know when it starts either. I'll give this one to my Mom if I get another one.
Hugs~Kelly

Rosemary said...

Looks better already!!
So much prettier.
Rosemary

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I really enjoy before and after pictures! Both of your transformations look great!

maryanne420 said...

cindy,

you really are a talented lady! i get so excited when i see that you have a new posts because i know that it's going to be great!

Liz said...

Great make overs!!! I love the little Hutch!

~Liz~

just a little bit shabby said...

Hi Cindy!
The chair is great! I love the color. What color is it?
The only thing better in the before picture is your darling puppy sitting on the seat.
Hugs, Sandyt

*** Kelly Maria said...

I love to come by and visit & see your latest projects. You never fail to amaze me. Both chair and hutch/cupboard are beautiful! Your love for BEAUTY is evident in all you do.

I originally came here to invite you to my Autumn Giveaway, but became swept away by your wonderful blog. If you have time please come by...

Beautiful Blessings~Kelly Maria

Becky said...

Having qualities that delight the senses, esp.sight. The definition of beautiful...again you have done it!
Becky

sheridan said...

Wow I'm new to your blog and love what you do! Have you ever done a post on how you do your paint techniques? I'm loving everything!!!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Sheridan, over on my sidebar you can click on "my technique for painting furniture" and it will take you to my painting instructions.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Oh my gosh, what a difference for that chair! It went from all masculine and tough to a sweet soft feminine look! Also love the cabinet. I really like the wreath!

Kady

Melissa Wertz said...

Cindy, beautiful chair and what a bargain!

Can't wait to see the cabinet with a french blue glaze.

Joyce said...

Everything you do is beautiful. I can't get over how many comments you get on your posts. You must have such fun reading them.

Debbie Kay said...

Cindy:

I love the chair. Very pretty and so inexpensive. I love to change the fabric on my chairs and you are right, it is so easy. Love the hutch. I am going to finish mine this weekend and look forward to sharing the finished product.

Debbie

Stephanie said...

What is even more amazing than that chair...is the fact that you saw the potential in the before! I'm going to be looking at things differently....I hope.

Stephanie

Suzy said...

Amazing transformation! I am so inspired with you, because you have a gift to see the beauty in things. I would never bought that chair in the first place. Now after the "Cindy touch" it is magnificent, non recognizable. I believe that you have choose your profession wrongly.

Have a wonderful week. Suzy

Elzie said...

It's absolutely stunning how some white color can change an ugly chair. Now it's very charming. Love your cabinet!
Hope you have a nice day.
Love Elzie

Marilyn said...

Cindy,

What a beautiful job you have done with both pieces! Your transformations continue to amaze me.

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Cindy! Your chair project is BEAUTIFUL!! What a difference! I love all the little French touches that I see popping up in your beautiful home! Just lovely! xoxo ~ Joy

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

They are really coming together nicely. The chair looks so "refreshed".

Pink Slippers said...

hi-- You have to come over and visit my blog today. I have a little mention of you today. Wendy

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Cindy! Wow, what a difference in this chair! Just Beautiful. You could even make your own cording in the same linen. I love the wreath applique too-just the right finishing touch. Very very pretty! Have a great week - Jeannette

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Cindy! Wow, what a difference in this chair! Just Beautiful. You could even make your own cording in the same linen. I love the wreath applique too-just the right finishing touch. Very very pretty! Have a great week - Jeannette

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

CINDY!!!!!! I LOVE what you did with that chair! It is so pretty!

Hugs,
Amy

Kimberly said...

I love seeing these makeovers! What will I do when you run out of things to makeover?? :)

sandi said...

Cindy, I love what you've done with the chair & the cabinet. I look forweard to seeing the finished result. You really do inspire so many of us. Love your blog!
Blessings,
Sandi

Mrs. Julie Fink said...

Gorgeous!

Ginger said...

The chair looks great as well as the armoire. You are brave to tackle such a big piece of furniture. I am going to go back and read your sidebar instructions on painting furniture, and see if I can get the courage to try it.
Great prices on all your "finds" too.
Ginger

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Wonderful projects!! I had to laugh at the before pic of the chair... like since when do chairs wear boleros? LOL!
I know both peices will be spectacular and turn out how you want them to... I love them already!

Anonymous said...

Do you know where the embroidery pattern came from for the "C" on your pillow? I would love to do one!
Connie

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Connie, It's machine embroidery. If you go down to my Sept. 17th post you will see more about it. You'll have to click on the link in that post to see more photos.

Frosty said...

Now what are the odds?
I was whistling while opening this post.

...Can you say "Musical chair?"


Mike Frost

p.s. I'm last to post and that chair is taken.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Love the look! Great job Cindy!

Charm Hill - Lena said...

The chair is to die for! love the color you used!

Alice W. said...

That chair transformation is amazing!!! Thank you for all the inspiration...I see all of the ideas I have in my head for furniture I want explained here...hehe ;)

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candy said...

Mate I can make that pillow. That puppy is cute....