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Fabulous French Restoration


Some time ago, I picked up a set of five fantastic french chairs that just sang my name….took them home and eyed them over and over thinking of what fabulous things I could do with them. I love to live with items for awhile until one way or another they find a way to communicate what they are wanting me to do…These particular chairs at first glance looked pretty darn good but not 100% by any means. The seats were spring construction and by the way they were sagging I could tell they would need a total overhaul. I opened up the fabric and peaked in and had to laugh at what I saw….there were a total of three springs that were literally standing on end loosely in the cavity. They weren’t even sewn or tied down! So began the long process of tearing off every bit of fabric, removing and tossing the springs and pulling hundreds and hundreds of staples. Down to the bare bones and a couple of nasty blisters later I could start again to examine and think about my plan.

Firstly, a new plywood seat was in order. Unfortunately an easy removable seat was not going to happen…you know, the kind you can screw on and off? This kind of chair had to have the seat cushion connected and upholstered right to the frame. Too bad…my work is cut out for me! So my ever so helpful hubby cut a template using the existing foam inside (which by the way was also crumbling and unusable) and made the five seats lickity split and attached all of them. First I had to reinforce all the legs which were loose and wobbling. Glue, clamping and some good ole PL400 (a construction adhesive) worked like a charm.

Next, I sprayed with a chalk paint color called “driftwood” which I bought in B.C. I wish I could remember the name of the shop but I liked their custom color selection so I bought a jar to try. After two heavy coats and drying time, I applied a mix of clear and dark wax for a base finish look. Then I concentrated more heavily around the perimeter of the backrest of the chair with the dark wax to create a worn look. I almost always clearcoat for protection. Next came a three inch foam seat which all had to be cut out to fit. By now, I had been advertising the chairs and had a lovely lady from Saskatchewan buy all five. She was travelling to Calgary to visit family soon so they were put aside to await her arrival with fabric she wanted to use. It was a tricky order as she was visiting a few days and I had to complete the order for her to take back home on a deadline. The fabric she brought was a pre-washed drop cloth which just thrilled me to bits as for it’s heaviness and it’s fantastic worn french country look. It took me an additional 2 days to upholster all chairs. I sewed a matching trim and added the upholstery tacks. We also added a bit of gold gilding using gold wax on the floral carvings.

Pretty pleased I am with these as was my client! Now to say goodbye to another satisfying project of beauty!

This is how they started. At first glance not too shabby, even the fabric was pretty but they had some hidden surprises! 




This is the Fabulous Finish!







See You Next Project! Have a Great Week!

Market this Saturday!


Hello friends and followers! Just a quick note to remind you of the Alberta Dames New and Vintage Market this Saturday, May 6th in Crossfield at the Crossfield Community Centre 10am – 4pm (early birds 9am-10am). I have been working diligently on several projects and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with the offerings I’ve got ready! I haven’t updated Honey B’s website with these new items as I want to unveil them at the show. However, having said that, what I plan to do is post them on the website the morning of Friday, May 5th so that anybody who wants a peak has an opportunity to do so. Please note I will not be accepting pre-sales or placing holds on pieces.

I will also place a post on the blog with photos of those items but you must go to the website for information, pricing and measurements.

Hope you all make the trip out, I think it’s going to be lots of fun and there’s going to be some really great things to see and buy! I believe my booth, Honey B’s at Home, is in the centre of the auditorium on the back wall.

Here’s information on the show once again but don’t hesitate to direct any questions to me! Thankyou! Barb

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I want to thank each and every one of my fantastic friends for coming out to the market this weekend! I was overwhelmed with the love and support! Seeing all the familiar faces and knowing that you made the time to stop in and say hello was so heartwarming….thankyou soooo much! It’s so great to be back doing what I love and having you all support me in that. We had a load of fun and great success! A special thanks to all the other vendors who participated and introduced themselves, it’s so great to make new friends with common interests. Here’s a few pictures of the booth we set up. A heartfelt thanks to Eric and Stuart and my loving husband Murray for helping with the set up and take down…I couldn’t have done it without you!


























Our grandkids came down to say hello and spread some cuteness!