Monday, April 9, 2012

There's A Storm In My Brain

It is yet another rainy, dreary day here in Oregon. The sun did make a surprise appearance yesterday, but now we are back to rain and wind. The local weathermen are calling for some reprieve later in the week...thank goodness, my body is craving some vitamin D!

Anyway, I've been working on a little antique phone chair I found recently. It was dark and definitely dated. I couldn't rip the old stained satin fabric off the seat and throw it away quick enough. I think I've been on a white and ivory kick lately, why? Some pieces just lend themselves to that. I paint a lot of dressers and I can be more bold and creative with them.

I always wanted to find and redo a phone chair, however I have mixed feelings after actually having done it . There are so many difficult areas to get a brush definitely tried my patience! I think I had more paint on my arms than on the chair at times! I used what I think is the perfect piece of fabric for the seat. It was a piece I have held onto since recovering an old antique rocker that was my great-grandmothers years ago. It is fairly neutral, but very textural...which I love.

After I finished it I was feeling a little underwhelmed. It was pretty, but it needed something. This is when my hubby lowered the newspaper long enough to take a peek and declare "why don't you paint the top with chalkboard paint?" What a great idea! So that is exactly what I did. I think it would be great by the front door, a place to put on your shoes and remind yourself of the days tasks. Maybe even add a basket or box to the desk portion to stow away your keys.

The hubby is quite proud of himself. The truth is so am I. I would have lost sleep over this little chair and probably drove him crazy in the process. He knows how the story goes.

Linking up with these lovely ladies:

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Linda@Coastal Charm said...

She is soooo CUTE!!! Thanks so much for coming to my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party.

Patti said...

This is fabulous! Love the chalkboard touch!

Karena said...

Carrie you are so creative!! I love the chalkboard paint touch!!

I hope you will come and see my new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint projects!

Art by Karena

Becky said...

So cute! I would love to find one of these. I guess husbands can be handy sometimes.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I have a telephone table of my own that needs some loving. And I'm loving what you did with yours. And that lumbar support pillow is darling ...

... and bless your husband's heart for suggesting chalkboard paint on the top! Just love that idea so I'm pinning this for when I tackle my very own telephone table redo!



Stacey said...

Very nice job - so pretty!
I would love for you to come by and link this up to my party happening right now. I would love to have you there!
Stacey Of Embracing Change

marie said...

Very nice!! Love the chalkboard top. That was a super idea!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I can't believe that you husband thought of that! Great idea! My husband doesn't know chalkboard paint from soup! But he did run down to the basement when the headboard fell on me! God bless 'em.

D @ The Shady Porch said...

My Gran had one of these chairs. What a great find! I love the fabric and the chalkboard paint was a great idea! I get ideas from my hubby too!
Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I have one of these collecting dust in the basement. I love the idea of the chalkboard paint -- pinned this!

Meg said...

Love this. I'm all about chalkboard paint these days. I guess I'm kinda slow on that one. If it's standing still I will paint it with chalkboard paint!

Thanks for sharing on Show Off Saturday!