Monday, September 17, 2012

Two French Chairs

I purchased these two French chairs from a friend of mine.  They had a goldish-striped fabric that was in excellent condition and the finish on the chairs was wood.  I really didn't want to get into the expense of recovering them if I could sell them the way they were.  They were a little too traditional and dated so they did not sell and I brought them home and there they sat.

Do you see a pattern here with my last few posts?  Not everything a dealer takes to her space sells for whatever reason.  Right now I am trying to clear out old inventory by reinventing it so I can justify buying more.  I need the space in my work room for new projects so my philosophy must be "out with the old."  I try to only buy items that "speak to me."  They must have good bones to begin with or they don't come home with me.  These two chairs are the perfect example.
Here was my "fix" for these chairs.  I masked off the wood part and carefully painted the wood with Rustoleum's Canyon Black brush on.  Then I carefully sealed it with Deft Spray lacquer being careful to shield the fabric with a newspaper.  When the tape was removed, the goldish fabric now had more of a burlap tone next to the black paint.  Now, the photos of the chairs could have come out better and I think I should have cut out the inside of the transfer paper but I will tell you, the middle section of the image transferred clear and you can still see the stripes of the fabric through the transferred image.  This next photo was my practice run on simple plain fabric.
Now I'll explain the transfer paper I used.  Normally I use Avery light transfer paper on my dish towels, but I wanted to give this new paper a try.  It's by Lesley Riley and it's called Transfer Artist Paper or TAP.  It can be used on wood, fabric, and all sorts of surfaces.  The first packet I bought was 5 sheets for 12.95.  Ouch!  But I wanted to give it a try.  It does give a more crisp, darker image on the transfer so I like it a little better than Avery's.  I can't wait to try it on other surfaces and it also transfers in color too.  The best part for me is it can only be used with an ink jet printer so no hassle getting a laser copy.  By the way, the image is from Graphics Fairy.  I'll include the image here.

I'm happy to tell you I just ordered an 18 pack of the paper from Amazon and it was only $26.37.  That brings the cost way down.  The directions were easy and I will be a repeat customer.

Have a great week and thanks for visiting.


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13 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, the chairs look amazing. I love the transfer.

Hugs, Marty

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the chairs black with that fabric, Maggie! The graphic really adds that little something. I'll bet they sell now!

Pat C. said...

Good grief, Maggie, you continually outdo yourself! Those beauties are going to fly out of your shop! Black wood is so popular right... how pretty they'd be with a small round pedestal table like this one:
http://www.halpernsfurniture.com/Clearance.html (Scroll about 2/3 of the way down the page; it's on the right.)

Good luck!

xoxo

Gail said...

They look fabulous Maggie! I've used that Transfer Artist paper and I love it! I ordered mine from Amazon too and need to order more. Enjoy your evening, Gail

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Don't you just hate it when the pictures don't reflect how great something really looks!? I love that graphic, and have been wanting to try that paper.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Very classic look! I'm sure those chairs will be sold in no time at all.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Maggie, first your chairs are fabulous! Good for you for trying to remake your items that don't sell, I usually just ditch them, but those chairs are gorgeous. I bought some TAP paper a while back and I have only used it on fabric, actually I forgot I had it until you mentioned it. I did like the way it transferred onto fabric, I thought It was easier then Avery and It was a crisper image. If you try it on wood, I would love to hear about how it transfers, yep, we are hanging on the edge of our seats

Carol

Cynthia said...

These chairs look amazing. I love the transfer. I love doing transfers.

Cynthia

Bliss said...

Now don't laugh at me here..... so you print it out on the transfer paper from a regular ink jet printer, and then how does it stick on to the project?

~Bliss~

must love junk said...

Those turned out gorgeous!!
Susan

Honey at 2805 said...

The chairs are great, Maggie! Lovely the lacquer black and the graphic you used! Thanks for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

Chrissy said...

Oh my goodness these chairs are gorgeous. I am in the process of redoing by kitchen cabinets and dining room table/chairs. I was looking at what to use on the seat pads for a transfer.
I just found your blog and am now a follower.
Thanks for sharing

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Very cute~ I adore them!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!