Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Chair!

My "Happy Chair"

 As I said in my last post I have been up to a few things.   Mainly Chairs....giving old chairs a new look.  Now, I have attempted upholstery in the past...and have decided that some things are better left to the professionals.  And boy am I happy I did.  Here is my one of my FAVORITE new additions to the household decor.  As my mother said it is our "Happy Chair!" 

The tufting was old fabric scraps I found from a bag at the bottom of a pile in the closet...
I thought "I Have GOT to have this coral color somewhere!!!...and I did...thanks to my mother in law who gave me the bag!


This was dropped off the day before Thanksgiving....It just made my day!  (so not only was I cooking, I was zhushing the house because of the new chair(s)!)  The plates were added to the wall as well.

It just adds a wow factor to the living room.  I fell in love with the Ikat fabric because it brings in the chartruese of my dining room wing back chairs, and the turquoise that is in bits around the house.  It just brings the whole downstairs together...in one nice little package!  You are probably asking 'why in the world did she paint the chair that coral color????'...well, I was perusing blogs the other day (the same day I was to drop off the chairs) and happened upon Live Like You and Marmalade Interiors by Jill Sorenson and I fell in love with her style.  And her moxi to just do it, add the color, you just never know! I LOVE color too, and thought "this chair was a side of the road find YEARS ago, and why not just try it?"  Sooooo, I did.  I am so happy that I came upon her blog that day, because otherwise this chair would have been white...pretty, but not the same....

Another day of "interior serendipity...my new favorite word!

Here is the chair when I had "tried" upholstering it years ago.

THE SAD CHAIR

Oh dear!!!the SAD CHAIR...we lived with that chair for a LONG time...
there were tacks in the back that my children loved to take out...thus the raw edges on the back.

I hope you love my chair as much as I do...there is more to come.....


18 comments:

Fran said...

Gretchen, it is fabulous!!! I love it and you're so right - it screams 'Happy!'

Jill said...

I LOVE your chair! the bright painted color of the wood makes it. Very bold and sassy, but it works.

The Zhush said...

Ha Ha Thanks!:) AND...no way is that the same chair! You need your own HGTV show! Amazing...but I have a different name for the chair...The Jealous Chair, cause that's what I am! :) great job!!!

pve design said...

that happy chair makes me smile. love the bright coat of paint and the upholstery job! bet your kids must fight over it!
pve

Rene said...

Oh Gretchen, that chair would make me happy on the darkest day. I love your brave color choice and it was worth the risk because the result is fabulous!

-Rene

pretty pink tulips said...

That is one incredible chair make-over! So happy!!!! If she could talk....I'm sure she would tell you feels like Cinderella at the ball!!!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday....I'm still entertaining.....xoxo elizabeth

The Buzz said...

Love your moxie and that chair! It just sings happy and would brighten a home any day. Hope you had a wonderful long weekend!
xxoo

LiveLikeYou said...

I'm in love with your HAPPY chair Gretchen. It really makes me happy!

Nessa said...

what a happy chair indeed! love the coral!

Karena said...

Wow Gretchen I love yor happy chair!! Color is my life of course!

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HAMPTON HOSTESS said...

what a fantastic job--I love your use of color--you certainly have a fantastic eye!

quintessence said...

Love it!!! - what a great job you did! It is indeed a happy chair and would brighten up any home it lived in!

Gretchen O. said...

Thank you all for your kind comments...they make me really happy...as happy as my chair:)

CASABrasi said...

Wow what a transformation! It DOES look happy!

mydesignchic said...

Gretchen, your happy chair makes me happy too...love it!!

Christie said...

I LOVE this chair. I wish I had taken advantage of it on Monday night...I think I needed it :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

This is such a great chair - love the colours you went for! Thanks for posting! Happy Holidays.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Thanks for the post I love the color and fabric chosen :)