,The "Bee Chair "is the title of this blog......but perhaps its much more. At some point this winter I wondered down to the local...depot. The depot, in our mid size town, is a good size 'previously loved' place. It happened to be their half off day. The depot is a busy hangout place, especially on half off day. I had had a big day and had arrived with only 30 min until close. I really had nothing special in mind. I often have roamed around looking for the perfect find. The perfect find for some people would be a brand new item, something that already matches other things within their home, that could be loaded up and sat in within the hour. But for me.....it has always been that one piece that appears to be near death.......or perhaps death has occurred sometime ago!!!!!! When I see it...it is like this little, tiny, creative, gremlin comes charging forth......I can see in my mind a different look of beauty. I have rescued many things from the side of the road, those have actually been some my best finds. If you were born from this same mold , you are smiling right now...you understand....you get the adrenal rush trying to shove a piece of furniture into a car ( that isn't big enough) ......and that, truly, you have no place to put it when you get it home, and your total vision isn't even completely clear yet.
The biggest obstacle facing you, isn't wondering how you will restore your item, your biggest obstacle is that not everyone that we love understands our passion. As we have driven home on many occasions(with a piece of furniture resting on the gear shift) we are coming up with the story as to why we HAD to rescue this chair......the 50 page rescue plan that your going to present to your family as you drag in yet another rescued piece, which mostly at this point ....frankly ..smell...and look very very bad. The "Bee Chair" was defiantly in this category
The Bee Chair sat in the hallway, close to the dishes, not even allowed to be with the other furniture items. I spy it!!!!!!!!! All the furniture around it had been bought and carried away.....there it was all alone!! To put the royal touch on the project there was even a man sitting it in that looked like maybe....just maybe....he could have trailed with a bit of an oder. The arms and legs were an old pecan ,, wood finish. The finish looked cheap and had darkened thru the years of life. It had been upholstered with what appeared to be a left over old drape. The chair looked sad sitting there all alone. As I floated around I could see the back of the chair...apparently the past upholster had run out of staples....clear packaging tape had been used to complete the job. I was now....minuets from the store closing and the lights were blinking. I hesitated.....I waited in line to check out one small piece of glassware .....a picture started to form of what this could look like....my pint rest boards started to race through my mind. The gal began to ring up my glassware ...and I blurt out ..Ill take that chair over there too!!! The Diamond in the rough had now been bought!!!!!!! (thank the good Lord the man had left and he did not go with the chair!!!). Now came the process.
I waited until a sale happened on the upholstery fabric. I wanted high end fabric ...but at a good price...I was willing to wait until the sale. n I had no real plan. It would not be beyond my wild side to pick a crazy fabric but I knew I was going to bring this into my boutique. Now was the time to reel back the crazy. I stood in front of rolls and bolts of fabric....I closed my eyes for a minuet and thought...classy...I opened my eyes and let the fabric speak....I seen the classic colors in the striped piece. I sat it up on my work table in my sewing room for awhile, which can be a scary place, but I needed to let it speak.......soon I could see a special piece of khaki upholster linen ,that I had saved on a shelf, for just such an occasion. The fabric choices were now complete. As I looked at the two pieces of fabric together...I knew it needed one more 'crowning touch' ......a stencil!!!
Now was the first time I touched the chair. I began to tear off the old upholster......on most occasions I would save the pieces Im tearing off, but this chair had not been done anything like I wanted it...I did not want to follow those pieces....which meant I had to have a plan in my mind to follow..... First thing up was a face life.....I pulled out a Annie sloan chalk paint of Graphite, almost black but it still has hues of some deeper blues....I did not want any blue hues in this project but I liked the texture of Annie Sloan. I put a clear wax on to stabilize the paint and finished it up with a black wax toning out all the blues hues away. I now had achieved a soft black that I loved and that matched the striped fabric, achieving a softer black tone. At this point I was almost where I wanted to be. I could just feel the wood being finished up yet, with a slight bit of distressing. I took a soft scratchpad only on the top edge areas. after just a few touches I was now where I wanted the wood to be. I loved it!!!! Wood area complete .
after rep adding the seat the striped was easily applied with new folded corners. It was now time for some fun!!! I placed the linen fabric where I wanted it. Pressed it with my fingers where it would hit.....I then tape the linen to the work table and taped the stencil unto the piece being sure to measure the piece to be even ( I know to do that because I have done it wrong on other occasions). I began to pat the brush unto the linen......making sure all paint was in the corners, I allowed the paint to sink into the fabric. You could see it sinking in. When it all looked as if it sunk in I applied the second coat...and then the third on some spots....I carefully rolled off the stencil. The Bee Chair chair was gonna be a winner!!!! The chair...it looked nothing like it had looked sitting so sadly in the depot......I realized it was a chair that could fit in so many spots....It could be a total accent piece. It truly was what I wanted it to be ....I had stayed way under budget...it was affordable!! I love my Bee Chair...I love it because it used to be junk......I love it because its a creation.......from within.....and I love it because it got rescued!!!
I'm Jackie, the owner of Jackie's Place. I have designed a unique and fashionable line of clothing ,jewelry and special pieces of handmade home decor named Gypsy Jacks Fashions. however.....being of a strong creative persona only leads to interesting days. Stay tuned....you never know what will be in store....what product will show up and what twist will be next....stay tuned........