I’m so excited to show off today’s project to you! I think it’s maybe my favorite transformation project I’ve ever done. :)
For quite a while now I’ve been admiring cross-stitch chairs – I mean they’re just so darling with their wicker all decorated with pretty yarn and threads. And I’ve always meant to do a rocker, but I stumbled across this sad little chair in an antique store and I just knew we were meant to be together!
I had so much fun with this! And I will sort of explain what I did with the refinishing, but every chair is so different that you almost have to take each one and decide what will work best for it.
Also, in fair warning I took a bajillion pictures of my new cutie so you’ll have to bear with me here. :)
I knew I wanted to do something floral so I went hunting on Etsy for some vintage fabric. I found this gorgeous roses barkcloth at Groove Cloth and I knew it was perfect! If you’re not familiar with barkcloth, it’s a heavier woven fabric with an almost linen feel to it. After choosing the fabric I sketched out some cross stitch roses that would fit in my wicker and would coordinate with the fabric. I think they really compliment each other, don’t you?
Here’s a brief tutorial for you – feel free to email me with any questions you have about the process!
I started with this simple wooden chair – it didn’t even have a cushion. But she had awfully pretty arms and legs.
For the paint, I tried chalk paint powder for the first time! I used BB Frosch – it was super easy to use and it made the paint go on really easily. I used a clear wax as a finish and I LOVE the way it feels on the paint. It has an almost satiny feel to it.
I also distressed the paint just a little. I wanted it to feel vintage but not super distressed.
For the cross stitch, I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This – Cotton Yarn for all the colors except the medium pink. I used two strands of yarn for each stitch and after creating the pattern, I stitched on the cane of the chair just like you would on fabric.
I overlapped the end of the yarn with stitches on the back side so there wouldn’t be knots or loose threads.
It was really easy to stitch up, it just took time to make sure everything was laying nicely.
I measured the space inside for the cushion and sewed up a cushion with white piping. For the inside I used foam wrapped with batting. I also added a bit of fleece to a piece of fabric for the front piece on the chair and stapled it in place.
It all took some time to do but I’m so happy with how it came out! I’ve gotten a bit territorial with it too.
This is Kato’s “I’m not allowed in this chair??” face. He’s obviously not thrilled.
Here’s a few more photos. Cause I can’t help myself.
You made it to the end of the photos – gold star to you! :) I’d love to know what you think of it!