Frankie Laney
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Asked on Jun 10, 2013

Flea Market FInd #1 What to do with this chair?

Marion NesbittFrankie LaneyJunk Gypsee
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This style is not exactly in my area of expertise so I would really appreciate some input please. The needlepoint seat is not very pretty and the chair needs some tightening up, which I can do. I'm thinking about doing it in red milk paint and a black and white or red print for the seat. Ideas???? Thanks
q flea market find 1 what to do with this chair, painted furniture
q flea market find 1 what to do with this chair, painted furniture
14 answers
  • Jane Jedlick
    on Jun 11, 2013

    I love the lines in this chair I say do a fun color and redo the cushion like this one: vhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/117933983/pair-of-tangerine-vintage-1965

  • Kathy
    on Jun 11, 2013

    I would paint the frame white, you can never go wrong with white, and cover the seat in a bright pattern.

  • Jessica Dunbar
    on Jun 11, 2013

    I say paint it a fun color like bright purple! Then definitely recover the seat in a bold fabric.

  • Sabina
    on Jun 11, 2013

    Saw a similar style chair re-do on TV the other night. They sanded and repainted the frame a high laquer black and recovered the cushions with burlap from old feed sacks with the writing on the seat. It was a great look and someone snapped up the pair for a handsome price!

  • Rosalie M
    on Jun 12, 2013

    I think your idea for red with black/white is a great plan. Only you know where you would want to use the chair and will those colors work in your chosen area. I am conservative and don't have the nerve for bright crazy colors. Love them in other peoples' houses, but not in mine. Post a picture of the redone chair please. We can all use ideas.

  • Junkgypsee
    on Jun 12, 2013

    Paint is a soft emerald green and then cover the seat with black/cream toile fabric. Just do a light distress without aging it. Classic, timeless look! It's got to be the right green, so take your time...Last thing..the cushion looks uncomfortable..I would really give it a stuffing, giving it some body, softening the look.

  • Junkgypsee
    on Jun 12, 2013

    Here are some examples...I didn't have a photo of the black/cream, but the black/white should give you a general idea.

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  • NancyandRichard Wisneski
    on Jun 12, 2013

    I'd paint it in a glossy, fun color for some punch, then tame it down a bit with a two-color or monochromatic fabric like the toile Junkgypsee suggested or a harlequin print. A little more modern, but whimsical.

  • Frankie Laney
    on Jun 12, 2013

    Thanks for the ideas Junkgypsee. Green is one of my favorites along with the tangerine that Jane Jedlick offered up. I love the idea of black and white with either of those colors, and yes the seat needs some cushioning. Bright, no distressing. Nancy's idea of a harlequin print is intriguing. Guess I need more chairs!

  • TJ
    on Jun 12, 2013

    or you could send it to Minnesota. ;-)

  • Marsha J
    on Jun 12, 2013

    It is such an interesting chair, nice "bones", I'd go with your first thoughts. I always get a picture in my head of what the furniture will become...its hard to forget it and go withsomething totally different unless you 1) can't find the stuff you need 2) wreck it in the process and need a new concept. It will lend itself to many different treatments, so it depends on what you want it to contribute to the space....whimsy, cheerful, warmth and style, etc. nice find.

  • Junk Gypsee
    on Jun 13, 2013

    I can't wait to see your finished project Franke1!! I have an old chair too and I'm thinking of using a similar idea. What do you think? I'm going to add green piping to the the back and bottom...and then add an extra little splash on the bottom edging, under the piping, with 1" charcoal beading.

    q flea market find 1 what to do with this chair, painted furniture
  • Frankie Laney
    on Jun 13, 2013

    Your chair will be so cute. I love the idea of the piping and beading. Just sounds fun. I'm finishing up a little red table and then I'll start on my "chair" project.

  • Marion Nesbitt
    on Nov 4, 2014

    Just my opinion - I would not paint this chair. I would replace the seat covering.

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