Several years ago we inherited a chair from Matt’s brother. It had seen better days, and was rather wobbly. The chair once belonged to Matt’s Oma. I had always carried the hope that one day I could give it new life! I loved the shape of it, and it is quite comfortable. It is with much happiness that I share with you the restored version of what we affectionately refer to as the Oma Chair.Ticking Chair Reveal, Farmhouse Chair MakeoverThis is the first upholstery project I have fully completed. It is not without its faults {namely the bunching on the seat- still trying to figure out what could be done there…} but it was fun to do, and I learned so much. Today I will be sharing the “beauty shots” with details to come of how I did this project in a future post! I will give you an idea of what this chair looked like when I started though.
OMA Chair Before-1I had originally planned to try and touch up the scratches on the wood finish, but once I removed the upholstery I decided to leave more of the frame exposed, and brighten things up with a coat of white paint.Button Tufting, white and navy striped chair-5ticking chair, white frame-1chair makeover leg detail-1I painted the frame in some leftover Simply White, then lightly distressed it by hand with a sanding sponge. I especially love how this brings out the detailing in the arms.Arm detail, gimp trim-1Chair Back, Gimp Trim-1My mom had this remnant ticking in her fabric stash. I took it home not knowing how I would use it. I held it over the chair and literally had just enough… I had to get creative for the backing, but I simply love how it turned out. I was inspired a la Miss Mustard Seed- and while I know she often does a pop of something unexpected in the inset of the backing, I switched it up a bit. 😉 The backing is some leftover fabric from our Christmas Stockings. I was a bit apprehensive of using stripes- because I didn’t really know what I was doing and they could have gone very crooked, but I figured I wasn’t going to put this chair any worse off then it already was.chair back-1

chair arm detail-1

This project was such fun. While snapping these photos I realized that there is a feeling within this setting that speaks to me about how I would love for our whole home to feel. Farmhouse, worn but clean… crisp yet inviting and relaxed. Decades worth of stories written into these pieces, ready for many decades to come. And of course, warm woods with white and blue.

The Oma Chair is not perfectly restored, but she has found a new place in our home. Button Tufting, white and navy striped chair-2So glad to be back in this creative space today!

-Miss Ash


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