Ball & Claw

Lately I have been infatuated with
 Annie Sloan's Old White and French Linen Chalk Paint.

I adore the combination of these two colors...

So old world, so classic, so today!

This chair that I picked up last summer, at a garage sale, was sitting around in the hobby garage just waiting for it's makeover.
Someone had painted it blue and recovered the seat but I could tell that had been ages ago. It's heavy, it's sturdy and the seat is made of an oak frame with burlap webbing so I knew it was quality and old.

I started with doing the two tone effect with the Annie Sloan Old White and French Linen. 
It was easy since the chair was already blue. With a bit of distressing, I allowed some of the old blue to show through.

Then to decide on the seat. I really had my heart set on using an old feed sack that has an eagle on it, but it was stained and there is something weird to me about doing a nice upholstery job with stained fabric...even though it is the look.

I decided to help camouflage the stains, I used coffee and tea to stain the whole piece first.

 I think it's perfect for the look I was going for on this chair. After all it has an eagle in keeping with the ball & claw feet on this chair.
I even made cording to go around the seat for a more professional finished look.

 So, are you ready to see the whole chair?
And now, here it is in it's new home...as a companion to my straight from the trash spinet desk!
 The before and after!

This is where I could kick myself for not buying it's mate. Yes there were two!

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  1. I really love what you did...great job...still want to try chalk paint....

  2. Okay, I am kicking you back! That chair turned out great!! What is wrong with us that we didn't buy the pair?? We just didn't realize our pieces would turn out so fabulous:)
    Confessions of a Serial DIYer

  3. I love all Chippendale furniture!! And you have changed it into a masterpiece! Love the colors.

  4. I have a question about the cording. How did you attach it? Did you sew it to the fabric, glue it??

  5. Such a good job on it, I love the stained feedsack on it! I pinned this to my Before and After board http://pinterest.com/rondellk/before-and-after/

  6. Your chair turned out great! I love it and that old feed sack fabric is perfect with the color.


  7. Looks good! You did a fantastic job ;)
    Jamie ~ somuchbetterwithage.com

  8. Your chair turned out great. Was it your first instinct to purchase the second chair? If it was - you should always follow it. I tend to regret not making the purchase. Never regret buying more. :)

  9. Awesome! Love the colors and the new seat is really cool!
    I found you today at the Think Pink Linky. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of Vmg206

  10. Hi Terry, I love the chair. Great job. The paint is gorgeous and I love the seat as well. We love your blog and are long time members. We would love it if you would consider joining us as well.

    Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

  11. Oh, I would have kicked myself too- but I've not pick up the other item in a "pair" before too.

    Needless to say, the one you did redo is lovely with the new two tone paint job!

    Thank you for sharing with the rest of the world! Always great to see creative

    minds at work. :)

    Visiting from WOW Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style linky party
    Suz @MaytagNMom
    NW Illinois
    Link To My Party Project This Week

  12. Hi Terry, saw your lovely chair at I Gotta Create - it looks fabulous! You did an amazing job and thanks for sharing! Have a great week! ~Cindy@littlemisscelebration.com

  13. I love how you made over this chair. It looks fabulous. Found your post at I Gotta Create.
    Have a great week,
    @ http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com

  14. Wow what a great makeover!! Love the feed sack. You are great at this :)


  15. So beautiful! I love that color combination and the grain sack you put on the seat. It looks perfect in your home! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays!

  16. Love it! Isn't ASCP the best? Great job!


  17. I love the color combination and it goes perfectly with the seat cover. And how clever of you to add more stains!

  18. You did such a great job. I will be featuring it tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  19. Nicely done, Terry! Old White and French Linen are my two favorites in the Annie Sloan chalk paint colors. Love the feed sack on the seat.


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