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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Another Great Annie Sloan Project - Vintage Ethan Allen Chairs

Several months ago, I bought two vintage Ethan Allen chairs at one of Vicki's Estate Sales.   They were in pretty rough condition (fabric) but the woodwork was extensive and in good shape although a kind of muddy brown.  I hate to even whisper this, but the look shouted "Early American" - probably the least attractive vintage style around.  So, of course, I got them at a pretty good price knowing they would need that special Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP - link to website) touch.  My goal was fairly dramatic - to transform a decidedly old-lady set of chairs into a with-it set that would be the envy of even the Pottery Barn generation and fit into stylist Country French and other style decorating schemes.
Chair getting ready to be "Annie Sloaned" - now a verb at my house.  I cleaned the woodwork thoroughly before starting. 
Starting with the fabric selection of a linen-blend cream (warm color), I choose Old Ochre (first coat) with a Paris Grey overbrush - almost a dry brushing treatment allowing the underlying cream to show through quite a bit and providing a good foundation for the application of the cream fabric.
The chairs were professionally upholstered by Mr. Lee at Song's Upholstery of Norcross,  GA.  The finish looks much brighter and "warm-greyer" than it did before the fabric was added.  It is amazing what a change the combination created! 

WELL, I think I succeeded - love the outcome.  These babies will be on my website soon and were just listed on eBay!  Thank you, Annie Sloan, the paints continue to amaze me!

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  1. Beautiful transformation, Gerrie! I love the way you've brought them up to date.

    Visiting from WUW : )

  2. An amazing transformation. Looks so updated and fresh.

  3. Pretty color/fabric combo. Simple and clean. Would go with anything! Great choice.

  4. Love the transformation. i have so many things to paint and need to find the time. Don't you love A.S. paint?

  5. These great chairs have sold and are going to a new home in Texas. I will miss them!

  6. I have painted a loveseat the fabric and I did it in the graphite when the fabric gets touched even though it's dry it leaves kind of a white mark do you know how to get rid of this ?

  7. If your question is about the fabric, I have not had any experience using ASCP on fabric although I have heard a lot of positive things about it. I do not personally like the idea of painting fabric so will not be trying that. I would rather replace the "wrong" fabric with a nice new fabric. If I didn't understand your question correctly, please let me know.