Tuesday, October 1, 2013

French chaise redo

I really wanted to start sharing my bedroom transformation but I am not quite ready to dazzle you with that just yet.  What prompted the bedroom redo was a purchase from the auction of two beautiful french commodes.  While putting them in place, I realized that there was no room for my beautiful french chaise. 

It broke my heart but I knew it was time to let it go.  You see, it had become a nightstand.  I also stored things under and behind it.  The only time it was used was when my kids catapulted off of it onto the bed.  My hubby had liked to set his drinks on it.  Don't ask me how we never really spilled them but we did create quite a few water rings.  In my efforts to spot clean, this is what happened:

Not too pretty!  Since I was going to sell it, I needed to do minimal work.  When I bought this piece originally, I pretty much thought I would keep it forever.  That is at least how I justified paying the price in my head.  I knew I would barely make a profit.  My plan was to at least get back what I paid for it.  Knowing not a lot of people would pay for it with huge stain marks, I got to thinking.  After a bit, a light bulb went off.  There have been plenty of gals out there painting upholstery with chalk paint.  Why not give it a shot.  I researched tons DIYers blogs and decided to go for it.

 I grabbed my Annie Sloan French Linen chalk paint and went after it.  I did dip my brush in a little water to help it apply more evenly.  I love the end product.  To think that I didn't have to reupholster it.  Isn't she just dreamy now?

Of course me being ever so thrifty, I had to come up with a creative way to cover all of the staples.  I admit.  I never covered them from when I originally bought it.  No judgements please.  Cording was just to expensive to get if I wanted to break even on this piece.  So, back to thinking I went.  Then, the next light bulb went off.  Why not cut strips of muslin, sew together, and braid it to make a unique cording?!  Why not indeed!   

I thought I would share some pictures of my booth.  I recently added the fabric garland which I am in love with.

I would really like to know what you think of the chaise redo with chalk paint.  I am sharing over at:


  1. I think it looks just beautiful! I have yet to paint upholstery but I know I will someday. Your braided trim looks pretty too. It is a beautiful piece--I am sure it will sell quickly. Love that wall color too. :)

  2. Love it! I painted a chair in similar colors just like this chaise. There is something about a chaise though!

  3. I LOVE evrything about this makeover. But mostly I'm so glad to see you posting again! Phyl

  4. It looks great -- sorry you have to sell it. Your trim idea is genius!


I would really enjoy knowing what you think. I love getting your comments!