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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Copy Cat and a Tutorial


Funky Junk Interiors- Best of 2011 Party


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I saved several photos , all the others were much simpler to achieve, but never let it be said I'd take the easy way out..  
Once I get a favorite photo in my head, I have to go for it and so I did.
Thanks for hosting this party for us DebbieDoo's...I'll post her link as soon as the party begins so you can see all the creations others have done.. Your gonna love it.
                                                      The sample pic from Country Living
Since these chairs are a metamorphysis. I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, too.
Susan's Meta Party

I think I primed these chairs :) so I'm joining this party too
Primp Your Stuff Party-  party has ended

I hope my Chairs are WOW worthy:)
Kim's WOW us Wednesday=party has ended
another great party goin on..
Kristen's Creations= party has ended

It required buying 2 chairs- moving furniture- painting stuff, covering stuff, making stuff and making myself a nervous wreak ..  But I got 'er done and thats what counts.  

 As many of you know who have been here before,Autumn is my favorite time of the year but the oranges, yellows and reds dont work for me or my decor.
 I'm a neutral girl and have come to accept that about myself and honor it. So my copy is done in the colors I love to decorate with. 

I tried to make sure my copy cat had the proper elements , without using the exact items or colors .
I had this photo saved for almost 2 years and then lost it in a computer crash.. A few weeks ago on another blog- There it was, so I saved it again.  a day later I saw Debbie post about her upcoming Copy Cat party and I knew I had to give it a try..
 Have ya heard enough of my yapping?  ready for photos? yea, me too..
 My surpirse shot is at the bottom and comes with a short- sweet- easy tutorial..:)  
                                                      
                                                                     My rendition...




  Now for the surprise..
Here's how to chairs looked when they were delivered from the guy on craigs list. I paid 60.00 for both of them..   They were a nice smooth linen , the fabric in great condition.  BUT BUT BUT- green and pink and blue fabric-  seriously??  oui. my eyes went wonky every time I walked by them till I could get them primed.

 
Primed with Kilz using a sponge roller and a little brush just in case a drip managed to try and get by me:)
That was dry in about 3 hours and then came the first coat of satin latex Behr cool white, 5 hours later coat
number two.

  Let dry 24 to 48 hours depending on the humidity in your home.  I waited 48 hours and then did a light coat of clear paste wax.. That keeps the fabric soft. I 'll wait a week and do another coat of the wax and then do that about every 6 months.   They are smooth and soft and since I've done this before to two other chairs I know it stays put..

Thanks for visiting me and my copy cat creation.  I have to say I am thrilled with it. Hope you like it too cause that would make my heart Smile.
Love and Hugs and All Good Things to Ya~!
Sonny

91 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You painted the fabric? Seriously. Wow. I love your cozy little setting you created.

Gail said...

What a beautiful space you created Sonny! I love the neutral colors. I can't believe you painted the chairs....they look awesome!!!! Great copy catting.

Pattie said...

Just as pretty as a picture...I can't believe you painted fabric and well it turned out... Love you blog not sure how I missed you. But now I am your newest follower... happy Sunday

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it Sonny!! Everything looks beautiful! Martina

bj said...

Oh, yes...I remember you painting something else. These look great and your copy cat is right on.:)

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Whaaaat? You can paint fabric? I'm pinning this! Love your copy cat look better than theirs! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

NO WAY! you painted those chairs? Girl you done good, way better than good. OUtstanding. You styled your photos so well too. Looks absolutely fantastic. A magazine ought to see this, as they would for sure put in their glossy pages. Hey you never know:)! Thanks Sonny for joining in on the fun.

Creative Choices Interior(s) said...

This is so great! I love that picture too I have also used it in a couple of post. But, you did an awesome job. I have seen people paint their chairs before; I guess I haven't been brave enough to try it yet???

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am blown away by this! You painted those chairs? They look great...I mean really fabulous. I love your vignette and I must say I am so impressed! You painted those chairs???

hugs, Linda

Marla and Steve said...

Sonny!! I literally gasped when I saw YOUR photo. Beautiful, just beautiful!! Not only did you hit the nail on the head with the copycat a la Sonny, but the chair, the chair!! Oh, the photos are stunning. Yours looks better than the photo you copied from.

I don't know why your emails never showed up. I've checked again in SPAM and not there either.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Wow! I am not sure if I am more impressed with the fantastic copy cat image or your painted chairs. Both are amazingly beautiful. Great job!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Sonny!! You did a magnificent job with this copy cat challenge!! Your painted chairs are just AMAZING!! You are truly talented!! Great job!!

Karen said...

Amazing and beautiful! Your styling is perfection. The chairs are just stunning.

Designs By Pinky said...

Holy MACERAL!!!!!!! YOu PAINTED the fabric!!!?????? I would never have guessed that was possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in awe, they look gorgeous and your styling is perfect! This should be in a magazine, seriously! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky PS Happy Halloween!!!!

andrea said...

Very fancy! Like a hotel! Love your layered textures. andrea@townandprairie

kitty said...

Oh my gosh, I never would've guessed that you painted to chairs...FABULOUS idea!!!!! I'm impressed. You setting looks so cozy & wonderful!!

kitty said...

Oh my gosh, I never would've guessed that you painted to chairs...FABULOUS idea!!!!! I'm impressed. You setting looks so cozy & wonderful!!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Unbelievable! I have read about painting fabric, but I have never tried it. Great tip about waxing them! Your new little space is charming.

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

Your grouping is so beautiful, elegant and cozy! I am in love with the area carpet. I'm flabbergasted that you painted those chairs...they look brand new!

Gina said...

Wait a minute. Seriously? You painted the fabric on the chairs??? I was happily reading along & then I got confused and then it hit me. You painted the fabric on the chairs!!! Amazing. They look amazing!

Ok, now that I've gotten all that out. Your copycat is fabulous. A zillion times better than the inspiration photo!

ReFresh ReStyle said...

No Way! I just had some reupholstered, never thought about painting!!!! This is way better than the inspiration and I've got to know where you got your rug. I see so many things in your photos that I love, please feel free to send any of it to me!
Debbie

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Awesome looking chairs! I'm running into such talented ladies and now YOU PAINTED THE FABRIC yay!! I'm a copy cat who doesn't make her copy cats, but I just posted anyway! Happy Halloween. FABBY

Cindy said...

Very well done and the fabric is so beautiful!!! I am beside myself with disbelief that linen can be painted and come out looking so great.
Your little copy cat is very well done and so close to the original, fabulous!
Hugs, Cindy

Something Nice and Pretty said...

This is fantastic Sonny! Just beautiful, I can't say enough about it♥ I have a wing chair that is hunter green and in great condition found it for 60.00 about ten years ago, I'm so tempted to do this, you made it sound so easy! Great copy cat!

Farah Muzaffar said...

Lovely ... the painted one is amazing dear... rather I can say INSPIRATIONAL..... good job
Happy if you come to see me at
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
with love from
Farah

Cathy said...

OH MY GOSH! This is unbelievable. My daugter needs furniture so now I know that I can find something that we can paint! Thanks for the great idea. You post is great.

Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I am blown away by this! I can't believe you can paint chairs and they look this good!
And the vignette too, so gorgeous!
Fabulous job...now I want my hubby to paint our old wingback!
Cindy

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Are you kidding??!! They look fantastic painted! The chairs also have beautiful lines - what a makeover! Lidna

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Get out! I had to reread the painting section three times to realize you painted that fabric, Sonny! Plus, I just woke up so sometimes it take a few minute for things to sink in. : ) That looks amazing! The whole picture copy cat looks so great. I love that you weren't looking to be exact, but it is obvious that you pulled it off.

Helen's Decor said...

Sonny, your version is fabulous. I love it and I also want info on that rug,, please!!! Your chairs look brand new! Thanks!
Helen

Shelia said...

Beautiful, Sonny! You painted them? Amazing! They look like brand new chairs! You're so good!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

KAT said...

I'd LOVE a sip of that wine...Lovely lovely post ...your good

- KAT - @ Kat's Nature

Honey at 2805 said...

I had to look twice to make sure I wasn't still looking at the magazine! You version is even better! Love it!

Mary Ruth said...

BEAUTIFUL! I have two wing back chairs I painted about 7 yrs ago now and they have held up well, the older they get (with little folds and crimps) the more they look like leather! They sit well too. I wax mine every now and then, if they get sticky, I apply powder and vacuum off.
You did such a fantastic job with your seating arrangement! love the look! congrats!

Pat said...

Your rendition is absolutely gorgeous Sonny!

I've never tried painting fabric. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Granny Annie said...

I like yours better than the one in Country Living. I like your chairs and table best and the Paris pillow. It is amazing how you can take and inspiration and improve upon it. Painted chairs? Who knew?

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sonny,
How are you hon??

Love your rendition... it is simply gorgeous!!
Can't believe you painted those chairs, that is amazing!! How does it feel when you sit in them??? Wow, makes me want to try painting some
thing with fabric. How neat...............

Your missions was successful, think your looks just as good if not better............

Hope all is well with you sweetie,
Love and Blessings, Nellie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sonny, I'm sitting at the computer with my mouth wide open. I am in awe of your painted chairs and your entire vignette - better than the inspiration photo. I am so afraid to try the painted chairs, but I really want to try it. I need you to come hold my hand while I paint them! Very well done! laurie

Marla and Steve said...

I have no idea what's up with our emails???? I can't even connect via your blog to your email and the emails you sent me never arrived. I can, obviously, post comments but I don't understand why that gliche.....

scf1270 said...

Wow! So pretty. And PAINTED??!!!?? Wow!
Came over from BNOTP, will have to check out your our posts!!!
Sara
http://multi-level-life.blogspot.com/

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Everything looks so good....can't believe you painted the chairs....

MaryAnne said...

Sonny, FABULOUS, dahling! Your chairs are stunning! As for copycatting, I predict many will be following YOUR lead! Congratulations on a beautiful sitting are and vignette.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh SONNY! Oh my gosh.......oh my goodness........HOLY COW! I had seen someone paint a sofa on The Home Show years and years ago, but I really didn't think it would work......WOW! I am crazy about your chairs and I think your room is much prettier than the magazine.... Whooopeeeee!

Huggies!
Spence

Ivy and Elephants said...

Now that is amazing! You are the copy cat queen!
The chairs look gorgeous, super transformation.
Hugs,
Patti

Marla and Steve said...

Finally, finally I was able to send you an email. Yeah.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Okay, I had to go back and read this a second time to make sure I didn't miss something. You painted the fabric? Does it look painted? Is it stiff? You are rocking my world, Girl!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

OK Sonny I don't think I read your post right so get back with me girlfriend.
You did not recover these chairs you used paint. Are you kidding me? I never heard of such. Does that mean I could paint my stuff around here that is getting too look really bad. haha
I have to know more about this yet I have to go work on the mowing or the house in town ..
When girlfriend are you going to introduce yourself to all of my friends. They would love you as I do well maybe not as much as I do...lol
Oh did I say I think these chairs are beautiful and your table setting in front of it is to die for.
Can you sit on your chairs. haahaha
Love
Maggie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I see everyone is amazed by the painted chairs like I am. Thanks for joining the party.

Robin said...

You get my vote for most amazing makeover! I want to try this too, but I am still a little scared! Wherever did you run on to this idea? It is beautiful and probably pretty easy to clean too! Wow. I'm pinning this too.

Robin said...

I'll bet your follower list explodes after this post--everyone is going to want to want to see what you do next. I'm your newest friend--you got me hooked.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

testing testing,,, I have 5 emails saying folks cant comment so I wanted to try myself to see what the problem could be...

Thanks so much for all the beautiful comments. I truly appreciate them.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is just unreal. Love your table vignette and the chairs are absolutely unreal. You did such a fabulous job. Can't wait to find something to paint. Hugs, Marty

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Wow! What a wonderful setting! I tried painting outdoor fabric once with spray paint and it was a disaster! Thank you for your tutorial. I might try it again. It must be the wax that does it...thanks again!!

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

I never would have even attempted to paint a chair (or 2) but after seeing how fantastic they look, I may have to try it! I know you said the fabric stays soft, but what does it feel like? Can you describe as vinyl feeling or leather, or does it still feel like fabric? Sorry to sound so silly! You my dear have earned a new follower here!
Amazing little area you whipped together!
Kim tiarasandbowties.blogspot.com

Kristens Creations said...

Oh Wow! How cool that you painted the fabric! I didn't know that could be done. Love the table setting too...it looks as good if not better than the magazine. Just beautiful!! So glad you joined the party! Kristen

Kim said...

Girl you nailed it. You're a total rockstar.

Leslie said...

I am speechless.
I am amazed.
I am impressed.
I am gonna try it!
Beautiful, all of it!

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

Your copy is beautiful.
I've seen the painted fabric many times and love the look.

Dee

Susan's Colorful Life said...

LOVE your blog! I just got back from Paris...so EVERYthing about Paris catches my eye. And I LOVE how you PAINT everything....I Do too!!! LOL!

Nezzy said...

Now just take a deep breath and blow this Ozark Farm Chick right off the hay wagon sister...ya can paint fabric chairs??? No way!!!

Your 'copycat' is truly magnificent!!! What a grand bang~up job ya did!

God bless ya'll from the happy hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa!!! :o)

At The Picket Fence said...

This is sooooooo amazing! Absolutely beautiful and inspiring and I like it more than the original photo. I found you through Debbie and I'm so thrilled to be the newest follower of your gorgeous blog! :-)
Vanessa

gina said...

That looks so great!! I love your tips for painting the chairs. I have seen others tutorials but yours seems easier. Thanks for posting! That original fabric was hard on the eyes wasn't it!!

NanaDiana said...

You did a great job! I love it! I have painted fabric chairs before but they were always so stiff. I never THOUGHT to WAX them...duhh...yes I am blond! I am your newest follower, kiddo..You're stuck now~ xo Diana

B @ Time To Start Over said...

Gorgeous! I'm going to try this. Does it matter what brand of wax? I've not used much wax before, but it always seems so hard .... how do you smooth it? Do you warm it slightly before applying it?

Do they clean well? If someone spills does it wipe right off since it can't really soak in?

B @ Time To Start Over said...

Oh, one more question, what is your gold wall color? I just love love love the room.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Honey I had to bring my SIL by here this morning because she was shocked when I told her about your chairs. hahaha
They are just gorgeous and I want to do this so bad.
Thanks honey for always coming by and leaving me such lovely comments. What would I do without you
I love ya
Maggie

Sally said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!!

niartist said...

WAIT WAIT WAIT! Did you paint those!?!?!? Did I read that right!?!?!? OMG! Sonny!?!?!? THAT IS GENIUS! Are they great? Do you love them? Are they soft? Is the paint hanging onto the fabric, seeing as you've been sitting on them, I'm sure.

OH MAN! Now I'm gonna have to give this a go! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

Tina said...

I have to agree with so many your image is so much better than the magazine image!!

Although I have seen fabric painted before yours looks way better! I may just have to try this. But I do have one question: Is there a particular brand of paste wax you use and does the wax leave a residue on clothing?

Came over from Debbiedoo's.

I am your newest follower.

Smiles

B @ Time To Start Over said...

Could you show us a photo of that room that includes the windows? I'm dying to see what window treatments you chose to complement this setting. LOVE it, love it, love it.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Seriously you painted those chairs? How do they feel? Are they stiff, would someone want to sit in them. Not being smart, but seriously thinking about doing this! SOOOOOOoooo darn great!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

What a cozy little corner you have created and I"m super impressed that you painted the fabric. Gorgeous houndstooth in the carpet too.

Lori Lucas said...

Ha! What a great surprise!!! We forget how super the copy is since we are all stunned about the painting! All is great! Lori L

Becca said...

What a beautiful vignette! I love your chairs and can't believe you PAINTED them! Wow! Such a warm and inviting space. *Becca* (happily following along now by way of Savvy Southern Style)

www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

Audrey said...

Will certainly have to try painting some of my chairs. WOW! Beautiful results. Love your style. New follower!
Audrey at eleganteconomies.blogspot.com

Sandra said...

Sonny, I found your blog @ Savvy Southern Style - you were the feature this week! OMG! These are GORG!!! I will keep this in mind and will definitely follow your blog...love what you did...beautiful! :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Sonny, you are absolutely amazing. I can't close my mouth. Just fabulous.

Paula

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Totally AMAZING!!! LOVE them!! I am your newest follower!! I will be back!

Lou Cinda

A Hint of Home said...

Unbelieveable! Who knew! They turned out fantastic! I should be so brave! You did a terrific job on them!

marieDee said...

Wow! I, too, like your copycat more than the original. And to think that you PAINTED the chairs....! I may someday get the courage to try your technique.

Thanks for sharing!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

You did such a great job! It looks charming and inviting. Great transformation on the chairs.

Chris said...

Hi Sonny, I can hardly believe that you painted those chairs. WOW, you did a fabulous job. Everything looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Deidre said...

this is a SUPER idea! But does it crack with wear? I have two kids and need i say anymore?? lol Thanks for the great project idea as I have the perfect chair in mind for this.Im your newest follower please stop over sometime and chat and follow me too,Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com Please let me know about the cracking?:)

http://findingsecrettreasures.blogspot.com said...

Fantastic copy! and I love your chairs, I so want to do this! Thanks for the inspiration! I'm now a follower!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Sonny, You have me looking around my home for upholstery to paint. What a fabulous transformation! Now following.
xo,
Sherry

Katie said...

You saved me...well you saved our wallet and that's a great thing I have 2 wing back chairs and they are the ugliest color ever...teal, hunter green, pink, you get the vision! So I am going to try this in the next couple of days since its so beautiful outside and we are going to save those ugly chairs girlfriend! Thanks for the great tip! You are awesome! Love your blog by the way! :)

Kathleen said...

Hi Sonny! I found you through Marty's blog. Love that photo. You did a great job...and those chairs are fab!
Now following to see more of your goodies! All the best,

martinealison said...

Un bien jolie publication et une promenade agréable dans votre blog...
Merci pour ce merveilleux partage d'idées...
Gros bisous

Lisa said...

Amazing, simply AMAZING. I would have never thought to paint those chairs but they they turned out gorgeous!!

Revi said...

Here here! Lovely. I SO want to do this now! New follower from Marty's.
-Revi

Christine Graves said...

My sister recently bought 2 thrift store chairs and we ordered 3 cans of fabric spray paint to see how hat would work. I was so happy to see your blog about these chairs! Just in case our DIY doesn't work. Thank you for sharing, the whole little vignette looks so inviting.