Sunday, October 16, 2011

Black and White and Green All Over



A few months ago a dealer called and said, "I found some chairs you might like.  I thought I might clean them up myself, but if you want them I'll sell them to you."  At first I couldn't decide if they were better than my old chairs, or just different.  In the end I decided better.


Obviously, they needed to be painted.  The dealer thought they should stay light, as did the landscape designer, but the curtains may have a Miles Redd-inspired ruffle and I thought the sweetness of the room needed to be cut a little bit.  So I preceded to turn my dining room into a work room and, as Mr. Blandings is not me, he didn't say a peep.  For weeks.


Painting things black I got.  The gold detailing is more vexing than the entire wall project.  Times ten.


Still.  I am determined.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Blandings,

These look fabulous! I would swear that you bought them off of 1stDibs!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Thanks - they are getting there. I do think they need a quick hit of sandpaper. And cushions. Hopefully by Thanksgiving.

David said...

I voted for better over different! In another room I could argue for light, but in your dining room I absolutely think black was the way to go. A little bit of visual gravitas.

Mrs. Blandings said...

David - thanks for the second (third, fourth) opinion. I remember your vote, and honestly, it was remarkable how much better they make the room. Are there really, really better chairs? Natch. But for $150 for six, there was a lot to love.

Peeke said...

They are gorgeous! Well worth the effort! Bravo!

Cote de Texas said...

omg, they are gorgeous and so perfect - love the touch of gold. can't wait to see them next to the table. it is such a beautiful room. i was so excited you were showing it again!!!

quintessence said...

Looking good!! And from my view, even the inline looks great! Every room needs a hit of black!

Laurie said...

The black makes a statement! Great choice.

Anonymous said...

These are perfectly beautiful chairs. They look very sound too. For $25/chair it's in the top 10 for bargain of the century.

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I think black was most definitely the way to go... I am so impressed by the walls, still!! I can't wait to see it all again [just before Thanksgiving]!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

You are going to have the best DIY dining room in history. Love the dark chairs and gold detailing.

Anonymous said...

They are beautiful! Just make sure your gold paint has a nice slippery consistency and relax your hand. You can do it!!

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

you made the right choice.

next on your list of "show jenny" is ruffled curtains.

chop chop.

Anonymous said...

Look at what you diiiiid! Genius. And I love being back in your DR again. I remember the cabinet/cupboard you recently transformed into black with gold trim, back then little did you know these chairs were on the here-we-go-again-gilding horizon. I can hardly wait for the Thanksgiving reveal.

-Flo

Style Court said...

I'm with Laura Casey. Just stunning, Patricia. And absolutely you. I love them in this room! Enjoy.

mary said...

Oh, I love them. I paint chairs and lacquer case pieces all of the time. Besides, every room needs some black (or red) to keep it grounded and hot & spicy, My new favorite is very deep Italian green with a black glaze. Your chairs are going to make the chinoiserie walls sizzle. Mary

Victoria said...

love the black as well what are you
using to paint the gold on? which is
what really elevates these to fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Blandings-
The chairs look wonderful. I was wondering what kind of paint you used. I've had a little trouble painting things black. Thanks-

Michele from Boston said...

I absolutely love what you've done! I hope you'll share your secrets on the gilding as well. Can't wait to see what you've planned for the seats. They really look marvelous against the green walls. Congrats!

R. Scott said...

Much better. And every room needs a bit of black!

Valerie@DesignCaller said...

Admirable,courageous work on those chairs! Especially the gold detailng.
You did a marvelous job...If you live anywhere near me I have some chairs....Just kidding, but -- wow that's good!

Lissy Parker said...

I love the results! Black, always a classic.

judith said...

These are fabulous. I am green with envy. Great painting job!!! And the gold trim is so worth it....WOW!

Karena said...

Gorgeous Patricia. The black is the perfect choice with the hand painted walls. The gold trim I can only imagine how vexing. Well worth it though!

Xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Tree said...

Love that you take the time to clearly determine your design direction, and then have the talent to realize it!

Anonymous said...

You might want to try a "paint marker" for the gold trim. Just google it...

Karen said...

The chairs look great...so pretty in black with the gold detail. Way to go.
Karen

pretty pink tulips said...

Look at you!!! Well done -- that gold is just right, too!!

Anonymous said...

When I do gold in lines I use a gold leaf paint pen..they work great..you will be amazed at how much easier it is to go on a straight line..love your blog..

The Devine Life said...

The chairs look great. I painted a set once... they are a lot more work than one would think.

Toby Worthington said...

The chairs look smashing, Mrs B.
Now tell us how you managed a steady hand while
lining them out in gold. Never an easy task...!

AlwaysMe said...

I think you did a FABULOUS job!! I love the black and the gold adds the designer sparkle that a dining room needs. Kudos to you! I agree with the 1st dibs assessment.

Vickie H. said...

Spectacular! And WHAT A DEAL on them! MY OH MY!!! Love love love the gilding!!! Can't wait to see how you upholster the seats! Counting the days to the big reveal!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing chairs, Mrs B! Great job!
-linda,ny

Dalai Lina said...

Holy Cow, somehow I missed the wall work. Looks amazing!

Janel said...

I love these chairs -- very elegant and lovely. But why do we only get 2 armchairs -- look how much more stylish they look -- why can't we have 6 or 8 armchairs? I always wondered at this custom of the host and hostess taking the comfortable chairs and giving the guests the less comfortable ones. Hmmm.

annie said...

Oh these chairs are amazing...love the black with the gold. They do like something from 1st dibs!

Ann Hooker said...

You did a nice job here. Thought you might like a California artist who specializes in painting murals. Her blog address is http://designamour.com/ and her name is Melanie Royals. She has another address called http://www.artoflivingonline.com

Ann Hooker said...

And another one from Melanie!

http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2011/09/stencil-splendor.html

eddieross said...

Love these chairs. The new coat of high gloss paint suits them well!
Hope you have an amazing weekend!
xo E + J

Grant K. Gibson said...

They look amazing. A little elbow grease and black paint makes everything better. Now what is the fabric for the seats going to be? I can't wait to see the follow update!

Heather said...

I absolutely love these chairs! The black with touches of gold is so pretty.

The French Tangerine said...

You go girl! I don't think they could be prettier...
Can't wait to see them finished!
jan

LifeLoveLuxe said...

Insanely gorgeous! I'm beyond inspired.