Furniture Renovation

Restoring our linen chest and matching chair

As the time approaches for our move to France, (we are hoping for autumn 2015, but it could be sooner or even longer, we shall wait and see), I thought it was time to assess what furniture we need to take with us. One look around the bedroom changed everything because it was very apparent that restoration and renovation was in order.

My husband had made our linen chest when we were just a few years into our married life. Forty years later the linen chest was crying out for help. I could not part with the chest, so restoration was in order.

I do aspire to French Country manoir colours (really rural country), so the paint we picked for the chest was Craig and Rose 1829 Regency white which fits the time period of our French property.

First was the hard task of removing the old red leather covering from the lid of the chest. The chest was a dark rusty brown colour in need of serious sanding down quite a few times. I had broken nails to prove it.

Next step was to buy the foam padding and material for the lid. An Internet search did find a few gorgeous selections of material, but they were all very expensive. I particularly liked a few on e-bay, vintage Lora Ashley was very tempting. Then I tried a local shop that reupholsters furniture, to see if they had any remnants of material in blue. Luckily they had and it was free, great. So after several coats of paint, the lid was covered and what a transformation, I had caught the restoration bug.

The restored linen chest

The completed linen chest

The left over fabric was the ideal size to renovate a bedroom chair, the colour of the finished chest and chair do not match anything in our bedroom in the UK but they do match the colours of the bedroom in France.

Restoration was dependent on the British weather so I am afraid to say that the furniture was in and out more times than I care to remember.

Restoration was very dependent on the British weather

Restoration was dependent on the British weather I am afraid to say.

The Regency white looks great

The Regency white looks great

The finished chair

Here is the finished chair, complete with its cushion alongside the newly restored linen chest.

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