Resolution Job #3…Chairs

Resolution Job #3…Chairs

Still working on the proverbial ‘must get my ass in gear and get it done’ list.

As of today, I’ve managed to check off number one- dechristmify..and that was a huge one which involved way too much glitter removal for any sane person to handle.

I also finished off number two – paint frame for TV white.

As for the next one, I’m sending a big prayer to whatever god is listening to help me finish off the chairs in the hallway.
They’ve have become akin to writer’s block for me…I just don’t know what to do with them…well edit, I think I do now I think but it’s taken forever and a lot of days.

The saga started with these (there are two)…purchased for $200 on Craigslist.

At first I wanted to leave the wood and thought (foolishly) that I could reupholster them myself…total fail.
As you can see by the evidence, upholstery a la me, not an option.

Moving forward, I think gold- love gold, want more gold, have to have gold…

Not so much- it’s too shiny and baroque and with the wallpaper/lamps…

 it’s entirely too much gold. 
Plus, if I add the fabric I was planning on…

the whole space has turned black, white and gold…and I hate that thought.

So…back to the drawing board.

I know, how about charcoal grey?
I have a can of Cracked Pepper left over from when we painted our front door.
Perfect.  I’ll do one of those painting techniques and wipe it over the gold to make the gold all aged and purty.
It just looks dingy.
Moving on…forget faux/crap finish, just paint them grey.
Surely that will look great with wallpaper and lamps.
So I paint both by hand, which is tedious and awful.
And…I don’t like it.
{Sorry, forgot to document these steps/mistakes}
I’m sad and dismayed.

{only not nearly this glamorous}

The grey is actually a blue grey and as such, totally throws out my new idea of putting this fabric on the chairs.

Ok- regroup, go to Home Depot- I have no idea what to do…no idea about paint, fabric…none of it.
Then I think, when in doubt, go black- black is classic, black is thinning (I figure even pretty antique French chairs probably want to look thin,) black is chic…

I decide to go with the flat because in my mind, that will work better with the lamp shades.

I rush home, set up and then spray like a crazy person slightly possessed in the garage- inhale way way too many fumes- freeze my bum off and end up spraying my white coat along with the chairs but….all is not lost.
{Oh and yes, some of the paint immediately starts to crackle because of the paint cocktail underneath  but whatever, adds to the historic charm.}
Anyhow….I actually like- alot!

{ignore spray painted fabric please…it’s not staying}

And the best part, with the new black frames my originally (hence already paid for) Marimekko fabric looks fabulous.
Yes, I’m going to embrace the black and white and run with it.

If Audrey can pull it off, so can my foyer.

And with that, my brain sings a happy dance and reels with thought of one final addition…

..a little leopard purr to the cushions.

Jumping for joy at this point.

And now, it’s time to take a freaking massive sigh of relief- this project has actually made me question my love for chairs but I think, I hope, the final result will make me fall in mad love with the idea all over again.

{pictures found via PinterestBridesWe Heart ItSpoki, ffffound, Suicide Blond, Simply Seductive,
 Seen and Said, Go Live Wire, Once Wed}

For isn’t it the process, the sweat, the mistakes, that makes these types of resolutions so much more worth their while?
I’d say yes.  If not a slightly begrudging yes.

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  • De tout, de rien
    Posted at 08:15h, 04 January Reply

    Hi Christine,

    New follower here! I love the chairs and I love the final paint result! I am kind of a chair aficionado myself, I have 3 or 4 in my basement waiting for their makeover. Mine are just chairs I rescued from the curbside.

    Love the pics you’ve chosen to punctuate your comments!

  • Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    Posted at 08:15h, 04 January Reply

    Framing the plasma is such an awesome idea. I just cant seem to find one the fits during my thrifting. Cant wait to see the final product!

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  • Kelly @ JAX does design
    Posted at 08:28h, 04 January Reply

    So good that you finally found a paint colour that you love on your chairs πŸ™‚ I’m sure they’ll look fantastic when they’re done, especially with that leopard cushions πŸ™‚

    I have 4 chairs I bought off Kijiji almost 2 years ago that are still waiting for their makeover. Can you say procrastinate? πŸ˜‰ They’re on my list of projects to get done SOON!

    Happy 2011!

  • Jillian
    Posted at 08:35h, 04 January Reply

    LOVE that painted frame…cant wait to see how it looks with your tv. good luck with the chairs — what a fun project πŸ™‚ xoxo jcd

  • Vanessa@decor happy
    Posted at 08:44h, 04 January Reply

    Too funny Christine but the end result will be great. I also have chairs that need painting and have painted them twice but am going back to my original thought which was black – can’t go wrong.
    Can’t wait to see them when they are finished!

  • things that sparkle
    Posted at 08:44h, 04 January Reply

    You definitely have to show us your tv. And those chairs are going to be to die for. The flat black is perfection. The black and white with leopard, amazing. I love it all. These will be the ultimate before and afters. Xoxo

  • Mandi Smith T
    Posted at 08:48h, 04 January Reply

    Yummy photos! Especially the last. And so love the paint you ended up with. M.

  • Sara Mueller
    Posted at 09:05h, 04 January Reply

    I am sorry about your chair process. But I know that they will look great! I love the fabrics you chose.

  • Danielle Oakey Interiors
    Posted at 09:27h, 04 January Reply

    i am glad that i am not the only one that has some diy hiccups! those chairs are going to be fabulous, hurry up and finish so i can see!

  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 09:46h, 04 January Reply

    That photo of Marilyn cracked me up. So sorry to read of your troubles.

  • leanne
    Posted at 09:59h, 04 January Reply

    you’re so funny! Indeed it is the journey that makes the result worthwhile – much more satisfying. Well done, i bet they will look gorgeous with the fabric x

  • Brittany {Gallery No. Eight}
    Posted at 10:03h, 04 January Reply

    A fabulous end result is always worth it in the end! And sometimes the toughest projects turn out to be the best! Best wishes for your new chairs! Can’t wait to see how they turn out πŸ™‚

  • Design Elements
    Posted at 10:08h, 04 January Reply

    wonderful images! I like that frame. happy new year!

  • MyLittleHappyPlace
    Posted at 10:09h, 04 January Reply

    Christine – MUST see the final pics!!! Loved the story of your “chair drama,” – sometimes we just have to feel our way through it, right?
    So glad I got a peek of your lamps, too – they’re very similar to mine, and your drum shades give me a good idea that’s what I need to go with!

  • Marianne - Style For Living
    Posted at 10:13h, 04 January Reply

    The end result is great! Sorry it was such a pain. I have a chair sitting in my garage and still can’t figure out which direction I want to go with it. Hopefully, I’ll figure it out soon!

  • Ana Castanheira
    Posted at 10:21h, 04 January Reply

    Christine, you are amazing! I love that your trials and tribulations are so beautifully documented and that you face the same demons that I do when decorating my own place! The chair is looking fab and can’t wait to see the final product – your vignette is gorgeous!

  • Brandi
    Posted at 10:38h, 04 January Reply

    Haha! You sounds exactly like me! As I was nearing the end of your saga I was thinking black too. Chairs, it’s a love/hate relationship. You love them and you want them all but they have to be just so! congrats on figuring it out!

  • lisaroyhandbags
    Posted at 11:04h, 04 January Reply

    Too funny! I think they look awesome in black and actually as I started reading, I was thinking “I think black would look pretty”! I guess that’s part of the “fun” of diy-ing!
    Congrats on making progress on your list – i haven’t even dechristmified yet! πŸ™‚

  • Pinecone
    Posted at 11:07h, 04 January Reply

    Great post…loving the jumping for joy.
    I am in the process of recovering similar chair…we will see how it goes with my limited recovering type skills!


  • Wendy
    Posted at 11:20h, 04 January Reply

    ah, the trials. the chairs looks great… I’m sure it will all come together for you anyway, I can’t wait to see more!!

    Thanks for entering my giveaway contest — good luck!!

  • Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair
    Posted at 11:29h, 04 January Reply

    New follower too! Black and white is so stylish, the chair trials did make me laugh but glad you got there in the end.
    Rachie xo

  • lark + linen
    Posted at 12:36h, 04 January Reply

    Christine! Those chairs are AMAZING. They kind of made my heart stop a little. Black is always a good choice (ESPECIALLY when in doubt)

  • Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy
    Posted at 12:37h, 04 January Reply

    I was just thinking to myself, Hmmm, Bijou and Boheme hasn’t been updated in a while because I haven’t got a notification from Bloglovin, so I visited the old fashioned way and low and behold, you have been updating!!! My silly Bloglovin isn’t working apparently!

    Anyways, I will keep better tabs on your posts, now that I know. Thanks for all your comments while I was away. They made me smile.

    And I am loving the new look of the chairs!

  • Connie @ SogniESorrisi
    Posted at 13:25h, 04 January Reply

    These are going to look fab all done and decorated with a leopard cushion!

  • Sarah Gunn
    Posted at 13:40h, 04 January Reply

    I love that I am not the only one that does not get it right the first, or second, or maybe third time. All that matters is that the chairs look fabulous!!

  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Posted at 14:26h, 04 January Reply

    HA! love it. But this is how we learn right? I certainly hope you have the special holder that makes spray painting easier.

    The Marimekko will look so good. And yes, the arduous project will soon be long forgotten, but the beautiful chairs will not.

    Posted at 15:06h, 04 January Reply

    Christine…I have been to that rodeo before and it is no fun!!!! People think design is easy because all of us creative people make it seem that way…but they don’t see the trials and tribulations of trying to get it just right!!!! Glad you hung in there.

  • Mrs. French
    Posted at 15:24h, 04 January Reply

    love the way they are coming along. cant wait for them to be finished!

  • Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File
    Posted at 17:45h, 04 January Reply

    You are too funny! I think, after reading this, that I will NEVER try to refinish a chair! Love how the black turned out, though. Can’t wait to see the Marimekko fabric on them!

  • Wallpaper
    Posted at 17:47h, 04 January Reply

    Love how the chairs are coming a long!! Can’t wait to see the tv all framed up!!

  • classic β€’ casual β€’ home
    Posted at 18:46h, 04 January Reply

    I have two Bergere chairs in my bedroom that I am wondering how to redo–in our pale blue and cream room. Your thought process is sort of like mine πŸ™‚
    Mary Ann
    PS. Black is a great choice.

  • sarah, flourish design + style
    Posted at 19:42h, 04 January Reply

    Fabulous, though I seriously doubt you could do any wrong πŸ™‚ xox

  • Sarah {Raving Fashionista}
    Posted at 21:26h, 04 January Reply

    I had a similar glitter episode post-halloween – seemed like it took ages to get it all removed!

    PS – LOVING that white frame for you television! Brilliant idea.. May need to replicate that in the near future.


  • Stacey
    Posted at 22:07h, 04 January Reply

    I have no doubt that your chairs will look FAB! I adore the images you chose for your narration too- so creative! Happy New Year to you sweetie. XX

  • la la Lovely
    Posted at 22:24h, 04 January Reply

    Love it… love that you just kept going and going until you found what you liked. And I cannot wait to see the chairs completed. I have 2 wing back chairs in my living room that have needed to be redone for like 2 years. I’m feeling inspired now. That is def going on my “list.” I’m finally starting to feel a little better but it is slow going but at least we are going πŸ™‚
    xoxoxoox Happy Happy New Year!!!

  • Lissa @ After Adornment
    Posted at 00:04h, 05 January Reply

    So many options! I can’t wait to see them when they are done……I just know they will be divine!!!!

  • Marcus Design
    Posted at 16:07h, 05 January Reply

    Makes me happy that you stuck to it and found the exact look you were wanting. It’s easy to give up but I am glad that you didn’t cause the chairs look fab!! And your fabric choice is AH-mazing. I already know I am going to be in love with the final product!!
    Nancy xo

  • christine {bijouandboheme}
    Posted at 16:15h, 05 January Reply

    I love you guys- reading your comments always makes a huge grin appear instantly on my face- thank you!!!
    I dropped the chairs off yesterday and he said they’d take a few days so hopefully, I’ll be able to post the final afters by Monday. As for the tv frame, I’m afraid the final reveal on that one is a little ways away. I’m having my master bedroom panelled and painted so I’m not putting the frame up until that’s done- fingers crossed my fabulous ‘do it all’ guy will become available soon- will definitely keep you posted and thanks so much again for taking the time to say hello! xoxo

  • Alcira Molina-Ali
    Posted at 17:08h, 05 January Reply

    Ha! This is great Christine!
    Decorating is such a dilemma — right?
    I actually dig the matte black spray — reminds me of the cool Mooi chairs that look burnt.
    It’s going to be grand with that fabric.
    Can’t wait to see the reveal.

  • Bromeliad
    Posted at 17:44h, 05 January Reply

    What a great story. You persisted and were rewarded.

    I don’t know how many of my DIY’s go awry. Most of them, actually.

  • angela | the painted house
    Posted at 17:51h, 05 January Reply

    Oh, so good to know that I’m not the only one who may need a few tries now and again. Thanks you for your honesty and keepin’ it real!!! I know those will look fabulous when you are done with them.

  • barbara@hodge:podge
    Posted at 01:41h, 06 January Reply

    Can’t go wrong with black BUT how about a deep raspberry pink {just to throw you off}

    Can’t wait to see them finished. I am going to attempt an upholstery job myself but think I might be sending my chair off to someone who knows what they are doing!

  • Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!}
    Posted at 15:58h, 06 January Reply

    the chairs are going to be fabulous….can’t wait to see them! and the dancing sheep is hilarious.

    love the idea of framing the tv too!!! clever girl!

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