Friday, August 7, 2009

A Big Thanks, and Another Project

Thank you all so much for the sweet Birthday wishes. I loved reading them. It means a lot to me, really.
I also had to tell you I was featured here over at Apartment Therapy! Go over and take a look at their space! So much inspiration.

I have to tell you what I really wanted for my birthday. I really wanted this French Laundry chair. Oh, I am in love. I decided to make my own because two thousand dollars is out of my price range. Ahem. Even the fabric (which is beautiful) is expensive at fifty dollars a yard.
This chair was sitting outside an Antique store when I walked by it about twelve years ago. I loved it. It is my oldest piece of furniture, and has had many looks.
It has been a shiny turquoise, and white and red check, a floral Waverly print, a drop cloth, a red toile, I could go on and on.

I went to Joann's and found this perfect fabric in the muslin section. It looks like linen. It is soft and worn looking and is $3.99 a yard! I also had my 40% off coupon with me. I got four yards and staples for the staple gun and went to town.


I had stencils and black fabric paint and I just went for it.
My husband came up with the letters I put on the chair. His company is called Smith Brothers, so I put the SB on the back of it. It has been in his family since 1882, so I put that on the seat along with the number 5 because he is the fifth generation.
I love my new chair, but sometimes there is nothing like the real thing.
Maybe someday.


13 comments:

cathleen said...

Oh, dear Katie, happy belated birthday! And, you did a grand job on your beautiful chair. Have a lovely cozy weekend in that serenely white and cream home of yours!!!

Erin O. said...

I love watching you share your latest creations. It gives me a little push to get me going as well. Hope you have a great weekend!

Hilary said...

Congrats on the feature, and the chair -- how cool! It looks great and I love the meaning behind the design. 5 generations and operating since 1882 is pretty darn impressive! (P.S. I'm a Smith, too, and my little brother is the 4th generation to work in our family's business. I love that there are still long-standing family businesses out there.)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I think your version is better than the real thing!

kim said...

I love this so much. It reminds me of some of those wonderful pillows I've been seeing on Etsy. I think I may need to start a project or two this weekend... Congratulations on the feature article.

Renee said...

This is so much better than the original real thing! Absolutely fabulous and so special to represent your husband and family business/history.
I'm looking around trying to decide what to stencil and enjoy - you as usual totally inspire me.
Have a wonderful weekend, Katie!

Larissa said...

i love the way you transformed the chair - and the manner in which you make your home your own. I'm so feeling the need to stencil something - anything.

lucky knitter said...

Oh, it looks fantastic! I've seen these chairs at vintage shows, and really love how you personalized yours. Congrats on your well deserved Apartment Therapy feature!

The Wooly Wumpus said...

Sorry I was on vacation and away from the blogosphere and missed your birthday - so let me add my belated happy wishes to the others! Love your chameleon chair - what a great way to express yourself, the seasons, your mood!

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

How fun and I really like the way that you thought the whole thing out too. Id probably just start putting random do dads on the thing but now I'm inspired and would like to do my dining room chairs with something on them.
Looks GREAT

Steph said...

Belated birthday happiness, and your chair ROCKS!

tiennie said...

Another great idea! I love that you know how to keep things fresh and know how to change it yourself too.

amandajean said...

congrats on the feature on Apartment Therapy. you totally deserve it.