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1/12/13

Cottage Style ~ Ladderback Chair Makeover


Over the years my personal style has developed and matured into a definite Cottage Style.  I don't know if it's the reminiscence of summer getaways to sunny Pacific beaches, or the natural ease and comfort that is an innate quality of Cottage Style.  


Cottage Style can be a combination of many other decor styles.   

What you are likely to find in a Cottage Style home are rooms with muted blues, greens and neutrals combined with lots of white.  You might find chippy painted furniture or industrial pieces that have been re-purposed.  Design elements can be whimsical and functional, like interesting collected items displayed alongside everyday dishes on open shelving in the kitchen.

My Cottage Style is:  
  • Light, bright and cheerful.
  • Chippy and worn by default.   
  • Put your feet up comfortable.   
  • Unconcerned with a bit of clutter from everyday living. 
  • A place where kids can play without worrying they'll ruin anything. 

Cottage Style allows me to add my personality to my space without spending a lot of money.  By taking acquired items and re-purposing them or giving them new life with a bit of paint or elbow grease.  

Like this ladder back chair...


Found on the side of the road with a "FREE" sign when the neighbors were moving.  Never one to pass up a good freebie, it came home with me.

After hanging out for a bit with no real purpose (only a year or so) it finally spoke to me and I knew what I needed to do to give it some cottage personality.


A couple coats of crisp white paint on all surfaces except the rush seat.


A bit of distressing with my sanding sponge.  

Some green acrylic paint mixed with some Glazing liquid (1/1 ratio).

I taped off the bottom of each leg and painted them with the green paint/glaze mixture.



I also painted one of the bars on the chair back green.  Just for fun!  Once they'd dried completely, I gave the green sections another quick distressing with the sanding sponge.


Here it is all chippy white...


Just a touch of flirty green...


It fits in perfectly with my well-worn, comfortable, cottage style.  Like a dear old friend.



Want to see more Cottage Style DIY projects?  
You can visit my Project Gallery HERE.

What is your decorating style?  I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry 

      

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22 comments :

  1. Ahhh, you've captured your cottage style description perfectly on this chair. Nicely done.

    Not to be a stickler, but it's a rush seat lol.

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    1. Thanks! Lol, that's exactly what I meant ;) It's a rush seat! I'll go fix that now :)
      Thanks for your sweet words today!!!

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  2. I love, love, love this! Green is my favorite color and just a touch is perfect here! I want one!! Nice project Sherry!

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    1. I love green, it's my favorite too! Thanks Danni. This chair was a really lucky find!

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  3. What a cute chair! I love your description of cottage style. Now following.

    ♥Linsey

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  4. Perfect makeover! I love how you incorporated the touch of green. You have inspired me to try this out on some Windsor chairs I've been needing to redo. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  5. What a cute makeover - especially with the pops of green! Love it!

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  6. Who doesnt love finding furniture road kill!? I love the little touches of color.

    I dont know what to call my decor style. Creative Chaos?

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  7. So cute! And I love how authentic it looks too, like you just happened to find it perfectly shabby with little accents of green. Lovely!

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  8. What a country beauty - love her little green boots!
    Kelly

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  9. Hi Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
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    Lenetta

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  10. What a nice post. Love the chair. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. I am visiting you via Tuesday Treasures. Thanks Anu!

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  11. Hello, visiting from twelveOeight. Your chair makeover is super cute! "Free" is such a happy word :)

    Jeanette @ Creating A Life

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  12. I love the way the chair turned out, it is so perfect and I adore the chippy look, love the rug in kitchen, I have the same one...I am a new follower of yours and I will be back again, come on over for a visit...

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  13. I am loving that shade of green lately. Your chair looks great.

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  14. Aw this is such a sweet looking chair :) love how it turned out. stopping in from 6 sisters and I am following because I sure don't want to miss out!

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  15. Cute and looks comfy too! The green gives it a bit of Thirties flair -- like a flirty Flapper with lots of personality! (Can you tell I love browsing antique shops?) thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  16. So cute, love the green, such a pretty shade. Also love the chippy look, adds such character!

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