Thursday, February 17, 2011

In a Spot Over Leopard Chair...

I purchased a pair of fauteuils "foe-TURs" on Craigslist this week.  Though I love the shape and maybe even the leopard velvet I am not a fan of the natural wood color.
*Edit*I went ahead and painted it grey.  As Toad remarked, "it's only paint"!  I think I like it, though!  A few more washes of different tones of grey and nailhead trim and I think I am done!

I was thinking gold leaf, antique white or dove grey?  I may reupholster but not immediately.
These chairs are GINORMOUS!  The seat itself is over two feet long, as is the back!  I was actually surprised when I went to pick them up.  I have Louis XVI chairs in the eating area, next to the family room, where these chairs are, and I was afraid there would be too many oval backed Louies in the same space.  The eating area chairs are so diminuitive in comparison to these that I don't think it will end up looking like a Louis chair showroom after all!  I think they will comfortably seat four medium sized cats or one puggle (that's only because the cats are not Napoeon's biggest fans...yet!)  Can I digress, or what?
Once again, I humbly turn to the many talented Bloggers on High and ask your advice...

* I wanted to post examples of  the images I have in mind.  Apparently the idea exists only in my busy little head, as I cannot find a single solitary image to share!
I think I am leaning toward a weathered grey finish with the simple addition of nailhead trim.  This image from Christie's Auctions is similar to what I imagined...

12 comments:

  1. digressing is the best part of blogging ... join the club! re: said fauteuils, i leave you in safe hands of our other, more design attuned (than me) blogger brethren for advice on placement. either way, i'm sure you'll do fine on your own, DT.

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  2. I love the look of this
    http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/ZoomImage.aspx?image=/LotFinderImages/D51887/D5188708
    A gray-ish lime finish. Vanna

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  3. I love the idea of gray wash with nailhead trim, and and a heavy linen. Great find!

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  4. As a decorator friend told us, it's just paint. Try it you'll like it. If not, try again. I love the leopard print

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  5. I love the chair! What a great find! Those chairs would look good painted or gold leafed!

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  6. Hello!
    if you like, I can send you some images from my "chair" file... just forward your e-mail address to me...xo Colette ~ Afrique du Sud

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  7. Some days going through blog land is much more interesting than reading a magazine. So, did you get to meet Richard? Hope you have a great Friday, Theresa

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  8. I like the image you have for your chairs. Have fun! xo

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  9. Ok I just jumped up and measured two of my Fauteuils to see how they measured up your chairs are GINORMOUS! Ewww, wish I had been the one to win that Christie’s auction I could have used all those benches. I think painting the chairs gray would be perfect I love your idea and can’t wait to see. Tell the little ones Mama’s busy and get to work.

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  10. Oh and I'm adding you to my blog roll!

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  11. Grey wash is just perfect together with old look linen!
    to be honest i also like the gold leaf when it has an antique look and you can do it with aging paint; together with i rich dark red velvet would be a very french boudoir kind of style! perfect for an entrance room with w soft light or a romantic chic bedroom corner!
    anyway the shape of it is just gorgeous!
    good work!
    can't wait to see the final images!
    Hugs,
    Rosa

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  12. So sad you are not coming to Missouri, maybe sson. Richard at www.myoldhistorichouse.blogspot.com

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