I am having a busy week as I change around some furniture, do a bit of organizing in my quilt studio and work on a set of chairs we have had for many years.
When we were first married, we moved to Stockholm, Sweden for my husband's work. We bought these chairs after returning to Holland as they were a perfect reminder of the beautiful Swedish castles and museums we loved to go to. These Gustavian chairs are seen everywhere. Only one problem. They just don't go with our style of decorating.
I seem to become more daring as the years go by and I decided this week to see what would happen if I waxed the chairs. I used a dark furniture wax over the white paint and the result has just been perfect. We love how they have now warmed up in color and really match our home's interior while having the Swedish nostalgic charm.
Okay, I admit it! I am a wood and brown kind of girl. Sorry to all you cottage gals out there. I love seeing the white cottage style by others but just cannot make it work for me no matter what I try. I bought this fabric at a market last April in Maastricht. I loved it the moment I saw it. I planned on using it on a different chair. It just seemed the right fabric though for these chairs with their new color. It is a real "touchy~feely" fabric too.
One of the things I am really thrilled about it how the wax has brought out this beautiful wood carved detailing even more. Compare it to the photos of the chair before and after and you see the motifs much more pronounced.
So I will be working on the second chair now today. What are you doing around you homes? It seems this time of year inspires to start projects to make the house more appealing.