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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

First quick project of 2012...

My mother is always on the look out for things that fit my style and lucky for me, she scored this vintage cane barrel chair for me at an amazing deal.. and by amazing I mean $10!! The barrel chair or tub chair, is a reproduction of the french Louis XVI Bergeres. You can still find these antique chairs from the 1700's at an incredibly high price; you can also get the look for less by finding a vintage one from the 1940's-1950's. While I will splurge on antiques that have significant meaning to me, I'm all about designing on a dime. Decorating isn't about finding the most expensive pieces, it's about finding the pieces that fit your lifestyle while staying in sync with your budget. After sanding down the original dark stain I thought about colors and fabric choices. Spray painting is always the easiest and quickest option for cane back chairs and I chose the color "pebble" by Krylon sold at Ace Hardware. I decided to skip a primer because I wanted the darker wood color to come through when I sanded it. I removed the orginal fabric and added new foam and stapled on fresh batting before reupholstering. Voila.. a simple french eclectic addition to my home. Completing projects makes my soul happy! What projects are on your to-do list this year? xoxo -jennifer bianca
original cushion, fabric samples, accent pillow

before painting
pebble by krylon. great sandy gray

end result. simple, clean, classic


  1. I love the color you chose. Very nice work!

  2. I can't believe it but I just sent your chairs twin to Goodwill. It was a crummy, worn out chair my mother got at a garage sale years ago. I think your transformation is perfection, especially for Florida.

  3. Thank you Kristin and Janet! .. Next time hang onto those diamonds in the rough.. With a little elbow grease you can turn them into gems!