Saturday, February 27, 2010

la petite chaise

Well, I got another one of my big ideas: to make new dining room chair pad covers from a curtain panel. Let's just say my sewing machine and I are still getting acquainted and I'm becoming frustrated. Since there is no chocolate in the house to ease my stress I will relax by writing a quick post about something I can do: paint.



This little red chair is from Ikea. We purchased 4 of them when the boys were toddlers. Back then the chairs were the perfect size to instantly turn an end table into a dining set just the right scale for a playdate snack. With my boys a bit older and the other three chairs broken and discarded, this lone chair ended up in the basement. Time for a rescue.



I wasn't quite sure if this 2 ounce sample could get the job done.



But it did. {Color: lily lavendar}



The little chair might find a place upstairs



in the pale blue bathroom.

Okay, deep breath. Time to get back to the ol' Janome. Wish me luck!

xo
elyse

53 comments:

Lori said...

what is the name of that charming color Elyse...do tell please...the chair look adorable...and i love how you have it all accessorized...too sweet...good luck with the sewing!!! i know you can do it:)

Elyse said...

fyi

the color is benjamin moore: lily lavendar

xo

Theresa said...

Precious paint job Elyse! Love the little chair and the new use for it is amazing! Take a deep breath and get back to sewing:) Have a blessed day!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

I love it, Elyse! Lavendar is such a sweet color and you have the chair all set up so nice!!

GardenofDaisies said...

The newly painted pale lilac chair looks very pretty in your light blue and white bathroom. Very a cute idea! You are so talented, I'm sure you will figure out the chair cushions in no time.

Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

I love your transformation - it's amazing how far those little sample paints can go!

Lisa said...

Love the chair! Sorry about the sewing. I keep thinking I need to try. I've been looking at machines but I don't know. Pay for the computer and then think again! Good Luck!!
Hugs, Lisa

Country Dreaming said...

Very pretty color--I wished my bath were bigger for one of my chairs. I like what you've done with yours.

Melinda

Claudia said...

That color is just delicious, Elyse! Such a beautiful pale lavender and such a lovely vignette!!

Good luck with the chair cushions - I struggle with these sorts of projects, too. What seems like it might be fairly simple rarely is - at least for me. But you can do it, my friend.

Go buy some chocolate! (I would if I could get out of my driveway!)

xoxo
Claudia

Gerry said...

Love your chair, simply love your lily lavender chair.

I had no idea about two ounce samples. Hmmmmm

Hugs,
Gerry

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

HI Elyse,

Oh how pretty sweetie! sometimes painting can be as satisfying as chocolate :)

Hope your not too snowed in up there, ours melted a bit today, not fast enough for me though :)

Hugs, Cyn xoxo

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

I am craving chocolate to Elyse! Do you look like a mad woman searching for a morsel to?! LOL!

Love the darling little rescued chair you painted on a sample! That is great! Looks really cute in the blue bathroom. So sweet!

Enjoy your snow/rain!

Love you!
Maryjane

xox

Cozy Little House said...

That is simply adorable with all the pretties on it, Elyse!
Brenda

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Elyse; I love that color of the chair,, how charming it looks with all those pretties on it...

Hugs;
Alaura

The Feathered Nest said...

Your chair is just precious Elyse!!!! I love the soft shade of lavender too....and the fact that you were able to use a paint sample??? WONDERFUL!! sweet, sweet, hugs and love, Dawn

Duchess of Tea said...

Absolutely adorable. Elyse darling the chair turned out so pretty, I love the colour. Good job and good luck with the sewing.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

so perfectly beautiful....I love the colour, i love all the pretties you set on top of the finshed chair....what an adorable vignette! I'm soooooo inspired to paint something now too!

ciao
carmelina

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Oh So Cute!!! I LOVE the color!
Did you sand or prime it first, or did you just paint it? I am really hoping that you will say that you just threw one coat of paint on and ended up with that adorable, little chair. :)
Anyway...very, very cute!

Kathy said...

Love little chairs...
Love painted little chairs....
Love your IKEA redo's...

sooo cute...
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

koralee said...

Love you sweet idea..these chairs are adorable. I am in love with the colour. Happy creating this weekend. xoxo

luckygirlgifts said...

Elyse, that's beautiful. thank you for your sweet comments for Emmas birthday. I have tried to comment on your posts a couple of times this week but it wouldn't let me log in for some reason :-(
I'm glad I got to now. the chair is precious. Good luck with the seat covers.
Have a fabulous sunday
Cari b

LiLi M. said...

Isn't it great that this way you can keep some of the todlers' furniture?! I love these kind of little chairs as I am not that tall, they come in handy when you're trying to reach something. Love the color and the styling too! And now good luck with sewing! Do you still keep the manual at hand to see whether the thread is put right in the machine, I think I told you before, I do, as my sewing didn't went well because of small failures like that. Good luck again, have a great Sunday!

Little Pink Studio said...

Elyse! Your chair looks so darling! Love the sweet vignette you set up on it!
Cerri xoxo

Cindy@shabbynsweet said...

Elyse, the chair is gorgeous. What a lovely colour. Love how you have decorated it.

Pink Milk said...

Hello! I have stumbled upon your gorgeous blog and, after posting this comment, am going for a thorough browse! My daughter has two of those little ikea chairs and matching table in unpainted wood ... hmmm, I can feel a project coming on! Hx

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh my goodness this is such a happy little treasure, I love it!
It looks soooooo adorable!
Hope you are having a lovely weekend.
love
Alison
x

P.S I think I should start a 'Happy Little Treasure' Day now!!! *giggle*

Kim said...

Too sweet! I love what you did with it in the bathroom.

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and answering my questions about your cute little chair! Those were just the answer that I had hoped for. I have always done the sanding and priming, and all of that work, but one day, visiting a shop in my town the owner was out painting a dresser in the yard and she hadn't sanded or primed. REVELATION!!! Maybe there are some items that I don't HAVE to do all that to.
Thanks Again!!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

You have just been a busy bee lately. Your house is going to be ready to welcome spring if the snow fairy would let up!You did a fabulous job on that chair. I f you need help on that sewing project feel free to call me.

Birgit said...

Hello dear Elyse, what makes a little white color way. The chair looks totally precious quick and fresh.
xoxo Birgit

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Elyse, I love the chair!! What a cute idea! I love that color too! You did such a good job picking things to go on the chair too, it looks so pretty!!
Cant wait to see your chair covers, I know they will be beautiful!
Hugs,
Amy

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love your chair makeover. That is the perfect color of pink.

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Cheri

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Cathy said...

Elyse,

That came out so darn cute. I just love the color. The soft lavender is perfect with aqua and white too. Love it.

xo Cath

debi said...

Oooooh! I love that color! I see you decided to embrace your liking for purple.
It looks so sweet the way you set it up with all the pretties.
Good luck with the sewing machine...and remember....just breath.

❦TattingChic said...

That is very cute! Love the little pink chair! :)
(((Hugs))),
~TattingChic ♥

Betty Jo said...

Adorable chair! You are soooo clever. Never thought of using a sample of paint for a small project like your chair. Both money saving and handy not having paint left over or wasted. I bought a new machine, inexpensive Singer, and haven't sewn a stitch. I haven't sewn since high school, and we won't go into how long that's been! I need to make chair covers too, so please be my inspiration. I think we can figure it out, don't you? ♥

Betty Jo said...

PS: Meant to tell you. I had just added a new links page to my blog yesterday, added your name and while I was adding it, an email popped in that you had left a comment! Perfect timing. ♥

Pinkie said...

What a great idea and I love that color, too.

The Cottage Girl said...

Red! It is my favorite color!!! I totally believe in changing the color of anything you want. Well done! Stop by my blog and see my new spring wreaths!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

elyse i LOVE that pretty little tin you did!!im so glad you could use some of the craft paper on your items!

Cottage Cozy said...

Very nice!

Scrap for Joy said...

Hi Elyse,
Being away from the computer for almost a week has been hard and I'm scurrying around trying to catch up on my blog reading, email answering and then I come here and {{sigh}} {{BIG sigh}}, I totally breathe in that calming effect of your posts. Your little chair is too sweet. (Wonder what it would look like with a white doily stencilled or decoupaged on the seat?) Pale lavendar with the light blue-dreamy!
I gasped when I saw all that you did with the CK wallpaper. You really got a big bang from your many US bucks-your projects are all swoon-worthy. (Oh gosh, I wish she sold here!) Hope your sewing is going in the direction you'd like (no pun intended, really)
Joyce

Zuzu said...

I love this little chair, and the fact that it has a special family history! Lily Lavendar - perfection!
Hugs,
Zuzu

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Adorable!! You make me want to be creative ~ but instead I'll eat chocolate. HA Have a great day ~ ♥

Couture de Papier said...

So pretty I did not know there were paint samples! I feel and look like I have been in a cave for 10yrs(fibro cfds)I have ALOT to catch up on..I feel like Michael Fox in 'Back To the Future'. It was so nice of you to comment on my painting.I have too many projects going at the same time! ADD! It was so good to get some Vit D from the sun yesterday.I wonder why seagulls make that kaaah sound only in spring summer? OOOps back to reality...!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Hi, Elyse! Hope you're doing well! ♥

tales from an oc cottage said...

Waaaaaaay cute!!!!

m^..^

Diane said...

IT looks lovely, and perfect in a blue bathroom, my guest bathroom is blue "calming space" it is a great paint name! Thanks for stopping over and I think we need to create a button/ award "Queen of Cute"
I am going to work on that. Hugs, Diane

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Ta petite chaise est tres tres jollie!! Quelle couleur!
Love the lilac, love love love the cute items you put on top of this sweetie ....

Beach Vintage said...

Elyse this is so very ptretty. How is the Janome going?? I am going to get back to my machine in the next few days too. Looking forward to catching up on your blog.

Rose Brier Studio said...

What a beautiful save! The chair is charming, as is the vignette you have placed on it!
~Marilee

Cheryl Carey Bass said...

Oooooh! That turned out wonderful! Thanks for the tip about the paint samples. I didn't know how much 2oz would cover, either!