The "Kushner" Chair...after - I just love black and white...
An old chair was given to Cottage Chic (my shop) as a "do whatever you wish"
project. It sat in the shop for over a year with its drab floral
cushions and uninspiring finish. After painting it black to emphasize
its lines, I had a brainstorm. Over thirty years ago, I was an
intern/volunteer at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia
when it was just getting started. Artists were invited to create
designs that were silk-screened (hand pulled) in limited editions.
The Chair "Before"
was among the first artists invited, and I was able to keep some of the
first proofs that were pulled. I don't know what they were titled as I
was unable to stay to see the project all the way through, but I found
one of the images online at an auction house, so they are of some
value! I just know how great the image looks on this chair. And it's
This old side table held charm in its turned legs and beaded drawers, but layers of (yuck) beige-pink paint and missing bead trim made it shabby - not chic. One drawer wouldn't close - but the worst problem was the broken table top split off at the back.
I removed the top and replaced it, and because I saveeverything, I had some old wood beading that had come off of another relic. It was close enough in size and shape to please the client, and voila! Here it is with a distressed black finish, satin topcoat. The sticking drawer required only glue and an overnight clamp with minor sanding.