Two refinished and reupholstered arm chairs using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

In an earlier post I talked about how much I just LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I also mentioned that I got my very first refinish/reupholster job {squeal!}, and I was thrilled to take on the challenge!  
My client {Rosemarie} wanted her 2 very large and structurally gorgeous arm chairs refinished and reupholstered.  The chair finish was a textured goldish tone, not bad but I get why she wanted them changed.  Rosemarie wanted a more neutral color and she also wanted me to reupholster them.  After looking at many swatches I brought to her home, she decided on a satiny-striped fabric which coordinated so nicely with the floral couch she had in the same room.
Since I have done many refinishes and reupholster jobs for myself, I knew I could do this.   However, this is a paid job.  Someone is trusting ME to make their piece beautiful and that is a bit nerve-wracking.  
Needless to say, I was a bit nervous, but mostly I was excited so I dove right in.
Me being me however, I get very picky with my own work. I finished one, added the trim and then removed the trim a week later to tighten the fabric just a little bit more.  I didn’t realize how hard working with stripes AND a satin material can be!
So here is the transformation.  I am very pleased and proud AND especially thrilled that Rosemarie loved them.
This is how the chairs looked when I picked them up – pretty but the color didn’t pop.
Stripping down…
Ahhhhh…..ready for a new look.
Love the textured wood.
Before and after {before I stretched the fabric for the second time}
Pretty arms huh??  Love the Old White color with the walnut glaze…
The off-white trim adds so much to the chairs, love it!
The arms again….I would never get sick of these babies…
And again….a close up.  *sigh*
Introducing the identical twins….pretty ladies!
Rosemarie was so excited today when I dropped them off.  I also recovered a little chippy bench she had asked me to do in burlap with an “H” monogram.

Bench before…
And recovered with burlap and a hand painted “H”

Thank you for trusting my work Rosemarie!  I wish you and your family the very best on your new venture.


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7 thoughts on “Two refinished and reupholstered arm chairs using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

  1. How did you learn to do reupholstering??? I see so many things that I want to reupholster but always walk away because I feel like I would mess it up and it would sit in my basement forever!

  2. Nice job Michelle! As soon as I opened the post I thought to myself, "Oh boy! Working with striped material > there's a challenge!" So I wasn't surprised to read you found that to be true. But you did a great job! They are lovely stripes, and I love the refinish of both the chairs and the bench. That wood pre-finish was pretty cool though. I've never seen anything like it. But I can see why she wanted to lighten it all up. Glad she was thrilled with your work. : )

  3. I can see why your client was THRILLED! The chairs and bench are amazing–really great job! I would love to learn how to reupholster!

  4. You did an absolutely wonderful job and just makes me wish *even more* that I knew upholstering. Great work!

    (new follower here!)


  5. Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to comment!!! It's all about trial and error…taking risks and just plain "going for it!" ….come back to say hello!! Thank you!

    1. So happy to hear Rosemarie! Stripes and satin-y material can be tricky, glad you like them! Hope you have settled nicely into your new home as well. Take care and keep in touch!

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