Please help us....we would like to be a bench someday....

March 9th, 2010 in member junk     
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Ugh!  I took these chairs home a year ago, free from a yard sale, I would like them to be made into a bench.  My thought was upholstering a rectangular board with white and black toile.  But that is so predictable....probably cute...but predictable!  These chairs are very sturdy & BIG!  What color to paint? Do I distress?  Fabric?  I was thinking burlap?  Not to comfy though? 

I need your suggestions!  I promise to post after pics!


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Comments (10)

JACKSON4 writes: I have added the finshed product...thank you all for the great ideas! Posted: 4:47 pm on March 11th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Beautiful chairs and free to boot! Can't get any better than that! I personally would leave them black and distress even more than they already are. Are you going for a formal look? If so, toile would look beautiful. For a more eclectic or dressed down look, I say go for burlap. It may not be the most comfy, but depending on how often you plan on using the bench, that may not matter too much. ( doesn't matter how you feel, it's how you look, dahling, and You. Look. Marvelous!) Ahaha. ;)
Can't wait to see what you come up with.
Candy Posted: 8:37 am on March 11th
MakinItHappen writes: You could also have the chairs facing each other, with the seat bridging the span. That lyre-back design seems to call for a musical design on the upholstered seat. Posted: 8:45 pm on March 10th
DownHomeDIY writes: A creamy white that has been aged to perfection with linen fabric seems to be hot right now. They are very neutral. Here is some inspiration from Wisteria. The linen is more comfy than burlap, even though I do love burlap which may get "nappy" over time.
Good luck. Share the after pix.
Posted: 7:58 pm on March 10th
smiller0529 writes: You could also use fabric that is white with black polka dots. Love the idea. Posted: 6:44 pm on March 10th
odetojune writes: I love these chairs - great details. Are they currently painted black with gold leaf
accents? If so, I think the idea of mixing the "rough" of burlap or a dark linen would be amazing. You could stencil some profound words on the seats with
black paint. Cannot wait to see what you do with them!
Lisa Posted: 4:55 pm on March 10th
junqueartiste writes: I like the burlap look, but find it to be too "scratchy" & not could go oriental, with a glossy red,with gold trim??? Waiting to see the finished product!! Posted: 2:40 pm on March 10th
ninnarae writes: Great chairs- I love the lines! Sounds like maybe you are going for a French Nordic look- white paint and stenciled burlap would look great for that. I really love the black paint, too- it would also look great with the burlap you mentioned, as would toile, and even black and white houndstooth. Can't wait to see what you discover to do with these! Posted: 10:51 am on March 10th
alicemom writes: The chairs are really great. I have not done a combo like that before. good luck. Be sure and take an after picture.
smiles,alice Posted: 8:34 am on March 10th
Clickart writes: Hey, there - neat old chairs! Since you're starting from scratch, maybe you could make one of those little love seats where the chairs sit facing opposite directions but are connected (just bolt together at sides). I think I've seen some kinda things done like this so people could sit side by side yet look at each other for some smoochin'. :) Just about anything you do with them will be cool! Maybe whitewashing/distressing the wood and covering padded boards for the seats with old sweaters? Good luck! Posted: 7:03 am on March 10th
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