Hepplewhite ShieldBack Chairs

Oh how ugly and worn out these chairs came into my possession!

But I have given it away on what I did to them, haven't I?

I didn't want to paint them because...

These chairs are Antique Hepplewhite Shield-back solid mahogany chairs!

But, I didn't want to strip them and one of the chairs had a broken shield back and I knew I couldn't fix it to where it wouldn't be noticed with stain. They HAD to be painted. I chose Annie Sloan Paris Gray Chalk Paint.

Oh how beautiful they turned out!

I then decided to use a creamy Damask fabric that would keep them neutral so that they would appeal to a wider audience when I put them for sale in my booth. This is not the fabric that I would have chosen for me, but...they still are very pretty chairs.

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  1. Terry, I wouldn't paint a family heirloom but any other antique is fair game. I like the detail that comes out with paint. Love them.

  2. Wow, you put a lot of work into this project!

  3. Oh this is stunning, love, love, love the chair

  4. Terry, these looks great! Love the color! Yep, it's a classic!

  5. Terry the chairs look stunning painted!! Great color choice!

  6. Wow, amazing transformation, and as an antique dealer, let me just say, you did the right thing!! They were garden variety before and absolutely charming now ... sometimes we just have to bend the rules for the betterment of the item!

  7. These look fantastic Terry! Thank you for linking with HSH! I have you down for the giveaway!

  8. Love these. It always amazes me how much difference a little paint can make. GREAT MAKEOVER!!!

  9. Wow I love the finish of those! I can't wait to try my hand at chalk paint. I'm still trying to find the opportunity. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  10. I. am. a. chair. fiend.
    Can I say "I want these too!" --??
    Without sounding totally greedy?!?
    They look spectacular! Great find--great job!


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