Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Curbside Treasure

A few weeks back my sister and brother-in-law's dear friend and neighbor past. He was a kind and sweet man and an avid collector of anything and everything. He left behind a home full of many, many, many treasures. Sadly, many of these treasures his family saw as junk and ended up tossing them out to the curbside...Amongst those items tossed were a chair, (below) which my hubby picked up for me and one other item that I will share with you in a later post, which my sweet sister and brother-in-law snatched up especially for me.

The chair was in pretty good condition, but in dire need of a makeover... That blue velvet just didn't quite go with my decor :-)...So here is what I did with it.

First I took the seat off and reupholstered it and then I gave the chair a couple coats of a cream colored paint.

After the paint was dry I grabbed my trusty Valspar Antiquing Glaze...

With an old bristle brush I brush on a fair amount of glaze one section at a time...

Making sure I put a little extra in any seams, carvings, dings and dents.

Then with a slightly damp cloth I wipe off the excess.

Transforming an area from this....


to this.

Once the glaze was completely dry I put my newly upholstered seat back on.

But it wasn't quite done yet...I also stitched up a pretty little seat cover to dress it up a bit more.

Here's a close up of the pretty little pleated ruffle.

And the cute little tie in the back...


One man's junk was definitely another woman's treasure... I love it! :-)




Hugs and Kisses,

24 comments:

Petite Michelle Louise said...

all i can say is WOW!

Ido said...

I love the chair! That antiquing glaze is great, I really liked it and will get it from now on, thank you for the tip! Your sewing skills are great, I wish I was half of that, I have my french chair still waiting for a makeover, but no time, no time.
Have a nice day!
XXX Ido

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oh Ana, that is just gorgeous!... You honestly do amaze me with all of your talents!... everything your touch turns out so pretty!... and how fun your family searches for curbside treasures for you... xoxo Julie Marie

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Ana,
I love it! You did such a great job!
the skirt is adorable...
Where are going to put it, in your front room?.
We have "summer" it was so hot yesterday and muggy...yuck..
This weekend we are having a family BQ and swim party are our house. We have solar for the pool so we are all ready to go.
Have a sweet day and big hugs my creative friend....
Elizabeth

•♥ Ally ♥• said...

must be nice to live in a house created piece by piece with your hands, a house filled with so much creativity and passion. Ana you have a wonderful home, you have a house full of personality, a full house, even when there is no one and is empty. compliments my dear friend, and thank you for teaching me more things that one day I'll try to do too.
tanti tanti abbracci .Ally

Gina said...

Beautiful! I wish I could find something nice by the curbside once in awhile. You did an outstanding job on this Ana! That little slip cover is the cutest thing ever. Such talent you have.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks fabulous, love the paint treatment and the slipcover is gorgeous. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Cindy said...

Hello sweet Ana,
You have one gorgeous little chair there now!!! I adore the little skirt that you made, it makes me want to go down to my craft room and sew, sew, sew!!!
Love and hugs, Cindy

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love it too! Love the cover you sewed made it look so sweet!

Rondell

Kerri said...

You sure did get lucky! That is an awesome piece you have there... and you did an excellent job on the refurbish :)

Hugs,
Kerri

Rebecca said...

Ana...you know this is the exact style of my chairs, right? They are French and I paid some serious bucks for my set of 6. You got a GREAT FIND THERE!

LOVE IT!

xoRebecca

d e l i g h t said...

I am in love with your chair! The seat cover is adorable. I love the ruffle and the way it ties in the back! Great Job!

Lady Pamela said...

Such a beautiful job you have done, Ana. And a nice remembrance of your neighbour, too.
*smiles*

elmundodetrapito said...

hola ana esta preciosa me encanta como la dejaste y lo mas importante el valor que le das a estos tesoros del pasado te deseo unos bellos dias con mucho cariño moni y saludo a tu bella hermana y esposo moni

The Hopeless Romantic said...

Hi Ana, I love it too! What a transformation....i was wondering, since ive never seen it before, does that Valspar antiquing medium come in different colors??????? Looks like something i might wanna try on some pieces that ive already painted..... Enjoy ur new chair, Bonnie

AngiLovesBlue said...

Oh Ana,
the chair looks so beautiful. You are an artist.

Have a nice day
Angi

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Ana, I've always found it so sad when someone passes that the family can go in and just start tossing. I hope they were able to find some things that brought them pleasure and wonderful memories of their father. Not everyone has an eye for the possibility of what something can be. Your chair turned out beautifully. Your hubby did good bringing home to you. Best wishes, Tammy

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

How pretty Ana! Isn't that just the best feeling to rescue something from the trash and make it into something so special? It's really lovely!~Hugs, Patti

Karen said...

That turned out gorgeous! I cant believe the things that people throw out. Thanks so much for visiting, I'm thrilled to be following you as well and I already love your blog.

Heather said...

I am so glad that you were able to rescue that chair, Ana. It came out absolutely beautiful! I am just loving that ruffled slipcover!

Atelier de Charo said...

Un perfecto re-do! Un silla encantadora, y el forro precioso!

Besitos
Charo

Crocheteando said...

Querida Ana,
Gracias por acordarte de mí. A ver si este verano consigo hacerle un "Re-do" tan maravilloso a mi mesa de centro. Tu silla, un verdadero tesoro como tu dices, quedó espléndida!! me encantó.
Besos

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

It is BEAUTIFUL, Ana!! you did such a wonderful job! blessings ~ tanna

Sugah Beez said...

Adorable! I love this!!