I’ve finally made a decision (I think)

March 14, 2013

Remember over two years ago when I bought those two chairs off Kijiji? My plan was to reupholster them, and well, that hasn’t happened. Yup – it’s been two years and I haven’t done anything about them in all that time. I think that makes me the ultimate in DIY blogger failures – two years of inactivity on a project – that’s just bad. Also, these lovely (and I use that term quite loosely) chairs have been sitting as is in my living room ever since I got them – I didn’t even do the smart thing and hide them away. You should know I’m literally hanging my head in shame as I’m typing.
One of my Kijiji Chairs complete with rather unattractive upholstery
One of my Kijiji Chairs complete with rather unattractive upholstery
In my defense figuring out what I wanted to do to them is HARD. Do I paint the wood, try to strip and refinish it? What type of upholstery? What colour? I’ve received a small mountains of fabric samples over time in my search for ‘the right one’. Take a look at a some of my collection.
square fabric samples in a pile
Happily I think I’ve finally made a decision. Or part of one anyways. I’ve finally picked a fabric. Hallelujah! I’ve decided to go with this fabric from Tonic Living – it’s Kukula from Robert Allen in Iris with stripes in deep purple, white, light grey, and lime green.
Robert Allen - Kukula Fabric in Iris colourway
Robert Allen - Kukula Fabric in Iris colourway
While I’m excited to finally have that decided I do have one other decision to make – what to do with the chair frame itself. I’ve decided that the chairs aren’t worth stripping and refinishing – they are by no means antiques, so I’m going to paint them. Now I’ve run into a conundrum – what colour should I paint them? I know I won’t paint them lime green (which could be fun, but most decidedly not for me), but other than that I’m unsure – deep purple, white, or grey to match the stripes, or maybe even something else? Like black perhaps?
Louis XV with ugly upholstery
What colour should I paint the chair frame?
Anyone have any suggestions? What would you do?

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6 comments

  1. Love the idea of painting the chair grey.

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  2. White or gray maybe with some lime green accents?

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  3. I also like the grey, or even the lighter white/cream in the stripe... though you could be daring and paint it to match the purple. :)

    (Though I confess, while I love the stripe, there are four or five other prints in your pile I love as well...)

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  4. That fabric is de-lish! but I am also eyeing that pile of samples. there are some gorgeous options in there too for other projects! I like the wood finish with that fabric so I dont know what colour to suggest! white or black? Maybe reupholster first and the answer will come to you!

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  5. I love your fabric choice! As for paint, I think a greyish white would look great, but I think a deep purple would look even better and it's definitely a more exciting choice. If you're going to go to all the work of refinishing them, I say go all out!

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  6. i would do one with black and purple and the other with purple and black

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