Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 9/27/16

I've missed a couple of Tuesday Tea Parties at the Altered Book Lover blog. We were at the River House without internet.  I've been having my coffee on the front porch in one of my thrifted colorful cups.

I had time to experiment with turning some trash into treasure. 

I literally found this chair sitting on the curb waiting for trash collection day.  No seat but I thought it had "good bones" and I took it home.

Washed, lightly sanded and painted with two coats of two colors of chalk paint.  I used Pumpkin and Maise.  Then the chair was sanded again in a few places to let the "pumpkin color" show through.  Last of all waxed and buffed.

DH is going to cut a piece of wood to create the seat.  Meanwhile I'm auditioning upholstery.  Here's a piece of heavy fabric I picked up.  A remnant at a deep discount.  It is very heavy and might be what is known as bark cloth.

Here's the second choice, picked up in the same remnant pile.  

This project was a lot of fun.  I'd never tried anything like it before, never used chalk paint and have yet to upholster anything - but that's coming soon.

I've shown this project to just a handful of friends and received various opinions about which fabric to use.  Feel free to chime in.


  1. The chair is gorgeous, I have its twin here! Both upholstery materials are good, although I do prefer the second one. Have fun! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. It looks a wonderful transformation. For me I would like the second fabric, but it would also depend on the the setting where yiur chair would find its home.
    Happy T day
    Yvonne xx

  3. How gorgeous your chair turned out. I think the striped fabric is complimentary to the "bones" of the chair without upstaging it. Will look forward to seeing it when it's finished.

  4. What a wonderful rescue and transformation Darla!
    Both fabrics are very nice. The second one pleases me most with your chair colors.
    I bet you'll enjoy this chair for years to come.
    Happy T Day oxo

  5. Turning trash to treasure... i like to do that too!! The chair looks wonderful!!! I like the colors to match a little bit so i go for the second fabric... But i'm sure either way it will turn out lovely. Good to see you this week Darla! Happy happy Tday!! Hugs! deb

  6. So glad to welcome you home, Darla, because we've missed you for T. I also prefer the second fabric because the first reminds me of the southwest, a look I don't think you are after. However, it's your chair, and the ultimate decision must be yours.

    Of course, what I want is that cobalt blue mug. I'll supply the coffee, but I am in LOVE with that colorful mug.

    Thanks for sharing your trash to treasure rescue and your mug of coffee with us for T this Tuesday. Both are gems.

  7. The chair is happy now, I can feel it, rescued from the dump. It looks great so far, and I look forward to seeing it finished :) Happy T Tuesday

  8. I would have grabbed that cup too! I love cobalt blue anything!

    Your chair rescue really turned out fantastic. I've only used chalk paint for small crafty stuff, but our son recycled an old dresser and used it. WOW! it turned out so pretty, so I know how gorgeous your chair must be in real life....I LOVE the colors you chose. Fabric wise, most likely the second one, like E said, the first is a little too southwestern...IMHO. *grin*

    Thanks for the earlier visit and the comment......glad your back home again and able to join the T-gang.

  9. i also would prefer the second upholstery, but it is you who must feel good with the choice. anyway, a great Recycling act! happy t-day!

  10. What a wonderful chair, you have really breathed new life into it! I love using chalk paint on furniture, it's a lovely medium to work with :-). The second fabric gets my vote as the stripes mirror the wood molding and the colours seem to match and compliment the Pumpkin and Maise chalk paint well. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation and wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

  11. Great find with great bones and you've done a wonderful job with painting it. I also like the second fabric. The stripes draw your eye to the design of the chair back and the colors are perfect with your paint choices.

    Have fun with upholstering.


  12. Happy belated T day. I like the second piece- it really brightens up the chair. What a great find, and glad you are back with your T Day posts. Hugs-Erika

  13. I came across your blog, and I really love what you are doing to the chair. I've never heard of chalk paint. I will check it out. I vote for the first fabric sample. I have a blog at saltairandpistachios.com if you would like to visit.

  14. Love the chair and I'm most fond of the second fabric piece :) Glad you had a good time at your River House.

  15. How clever you are! I think I prefer #2. The first one looks ethnic to me, which is very nice but doesn't go so well with the shape of the chair which is quite classical. Maybe I'm wrong, though :)

  16. What great treasure you found - I like the stripes best! Sorry to arrive so late for T! Hugs, Chrisx