French chair transformation

Is this a french chair?

If not, I need to change my title.

I am trying to make it easier for you guys to find what I am talking about.

For instance……you may be searching for the title Best BBQ…….but it’s really under “Your butt will NEVER have looked so good!”

Or what if you are trying to find out how it went for us on yoga………that falls under the title…..

And if you are trying to see how to I re-did the chair with metallic spray paint and a blanket…..would you think to look under the title, “Bow-Chicka-Wow-Wha?

See what I mean?

I am trying to be a little more specific….so if this is NOT a french chair…..please tell me….sweetly.

French Chair. (maybe)


I usually would skip over a piece like this but have seen many pretty transformations on blogs out there that had me look at it differently.

And once I re-tackled the issue of re-upholstering a seat…..well, that doesn’t scare me as much anymore.

Except for the fact that I keep holding my stapler backwards……placing the staple “exiting” part on my thigh and canNOT tell you how many times I have almost stapled my leg….but that aside…..I’m not too scared of re-upholstering seats and an uncomplicated back.


So, I did this one with chalk paint.

My review on chalk paint vs regular plain ‘ole….soon.

I used Paris Gray.


Added another light coat of……

COCO….it’s coming out in September, I think. The consignment store gave me a little sample to test…….I used a tee tiny bit watered way down….on top of the gray…

Ok……first step….wiped down the chair.

Then I took the seat off…..remember….don’t pry….unscrew the seat….duh, to most people….NOT duh to me, when I first started out.

Want to see something disgusting?

You’re welcome.

This was what was all around the edges and bottom of the seat!

Old food.

I tasted it…and it tasted like popcorn.


I lied and just about gag re-flexed even jokingly writing that.

I did NOT taste it for those out there that are very literal.


The chalk paint went on wonderfully. I had about 1/2 of a sample so I really watered it down.

The watered down coco on top of the gray gave it a nice look and most of it sanded away with distressing but left just enough to change the color a tad.

That is what made me change my mind from using AS dark wax.

With the dark wood beneath the paint….the coco lightly over…..I wanted to preserve the color that was showing.

It was looking so pretty.

To re-cover the seat, I took that old, nasty, food covered upholstery off first.

Please note….wear gloves when you do that….I didn’t.

See that nasty little scratch?

That was with a super rusty nail.

My Over Tetanus Paranoid hubby about rushed me to the ER….

Wear gloves.

It will save your marriage and maybe your life.

Or just keep you from having to have a tetanus shot.

Want to see the difference with just a drop cloth seat cover?

Ta Dah!

Isn’t it sweet?

Want to see something even cuter?

It’s not a picture of my thighs.

Just so you know.

How cute is it with this pop of color?

I had one of those Frenchy printed thingy pillows…(I’m not really that into that style but don’t tell the bloggy world) but I liked this better.

What do you think?

I tried this pillow and it looked like it was fighting for attention and going to knock someone out of the chair.

This one was a major clash of color in this situation….

But this one……..

Just right.


And after…….

Like the difference?

The place where I purchase my chalk paint is Beaches Coastal Creations.

They are EXTREMELY helpful. They go above and beyond.

You can go to their website and it will calculate s/h for you. If you have any questions….call them.

They will answer and help in any way that they can.

I am not reimbursed from them and wanted to wait to see what I really thought of them before I told you guys where I got my paint.

They are wonderful and now carry this simple bloggers furniture!!!


Tell them that Rebecca@YouAreTalkingTooMuch sent you…..not that it will do you any good….. ; ) but…it might ; )

You will love them.

So……here you go again…..for the longest post in blogger history.

Before again….just because I can.

And After

You’re welcome.

It lives at Beaches now……I miss it.

I kept my pillow.

Just so you know.

Were you worried?

So what do you think?

Give it to me straight….even threw in some red for some of my “color” lovers.

Like it?


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0 thoughts on “French chair transformation

  • August 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Oh my God I think I have to hurl! Please wait til afternoon to tell me about this stuff. Ha! Love the chair with the pop of red. It really sets it off. Now I have to go walk a bit to get rid of the queasy feeling.

  • August 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Well, red is my colour so you have me sold…it looks great!

  • August 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    Permalink I got to the end of this of post, but I still had tears in my eyes from laughing at your yoga story…..on my goodness, you are a funny writer!!

  • August 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    wonderful job my friend !  great post .  I love the chalk painted furniture  sorry  about your injury.  be careful.

  • August 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Beautiful–big improvement!

  • August 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    oops, sorry you got hurt during this adorable transformation.
    I LOVE the chair and the color is awesome…Now, will it hurt your feelings if I don’t like your choice of pillow but LOVE the striped one?  I just like the shape AND the color better but…then…that’s just me….just sayin’
    Now, I am on the hunt for a frenchy chair..:))

  • August 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Wow!  I love it!  I don’t think I’ve EVER seen a chair quite like that before…so yeah, let’s call it French.  Speaking of injuries….how’s your BP?

  • August 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    It looks french to me- I said my chair was french and didn’t think twice about it until I read your post…following you! Thanks for linking to   WorkShop Wednesday!

  • August 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Love it!  I am definitly going to try a stab at the chalk paint!!  Thanks for all your love at www/ 🙂

  • August 19, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Dreamy…Frenchy…LOVE the color!!!

  • August 19, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Tasted like popcorn?!!!!  ROTFL!!!

    Your chair is lovely and you, Lady are SILLY (yes, all in caps!)

    Visiting from MMS Linky Party tonight,
    Suzanne in IL

  • August 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Love it!  Great job….couldn’t tell you if it is French or not…but it’s a dandy.  Reupholstering is not easy….taking out staples…now that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms!  Fun, fun!

  • August 20, 2011 at 1:02 am

    visiting from tatertots and jello
    cute chair!  love the pillow with it. (I also LOVE drop cloths)

  • August 20, 2011 at 2:21 am

    @f2d78d56cb9ae267b1c5408a3c2c8371:disqus  If you like silly…..I got silly ; ) Keep on visiting ! Follow on Facebook or sign up for email! Love hearing from you : ) Love, Me

  • August 20, 2011 at 2:23 am

    @864062ba487291d6ffa6c778d76a30e5  I love it when you come around! I know I will get the truth! But dang girl….you aren’t afraid that pillow will take over the chair? : ) Love, Me

  • August 20, 2011 at 2:25 am

    @9ce4a9c212f0f036d0f3024632722aa3  Sold! Shipping and handling will only be $747.00 to get it to you! Perfect! Love, Me

  • August 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Fun! I’m curious about regular paint vs. chalk paint as well – now I’m going back to read and see if you did the review yet! I officially love your blog. 😉

  • August 23, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Whatever the style, it looks fantastic now.

  • August 23, 2011 at 3:58 am

    It turned out beautiful! I’m co-hosting a link party and I’d love it if you’d come link up on Wednesday at
    See you soon!

  • August 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Love it what a great transformation!  Come link this up this weekend at scrappy saturdays @ 😉  I have a chair waiting to be redone and I love what you did, I think i need to find some chalk paint!

  • August 23, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Great job! I love refinishing old pieces as well. So many things just aren’t made the way they used to be. Thanks for sharing!

  • August 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Great transformation 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  • March 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I love muted colours, especially grey!
    It’s quite easy to paint furniture, especially when it’s supposed to look rustic French, then it does’t matter that it isn’t perfect.


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