Charcoal dining chairs~ a perfect mix on classic and modern

befor and after kathy chairA new friend in Switzerland has been following my experiments in re-finishing furniture on moxiblog. I have painted nearly every thing in my flat and now I want your stuff too! This new friend has been dying to update her dining room for months and showed me a magazine photo of something that she loved- the photo pictured elegant black and white dining room decor. She is brave enough to paint in black and brave enough to become my first client! The chair commission of 2013 began a few weeks ago and today I delivered 4 newly recovered charcoal velvet dining chairs. I know this photo is a little unfair because if you stick an old mustard colored vomited-on sofa in the snow with a view of the lake it would look beautiful, but because the chairs were so dark inside my flat I wanted to bring them outside for a little experiment in the naturally white background on a uniquely sunny afternoon. I cant tell you how much fun I had driving up the mountain and finding the perfect spot to take a beautiful photo, and then I stuck the chair into the shot and because the snow is so deep It kept sinking!

Compared to the worn out, junk I usually bring home from the thrift shop:

green yellow chair before

these chairs were in great condition. They are high quality fine furniture, which made me a little nervous about messing them up. When I sat down on them the padding and cushions were so soft. My first thought was how much I would love dining chairs like this, then I realized it would act as incentive for sitting at the table and I would probably eat more. This sour-grapes approach keeps me from coveting other peoples fine furniture:).

paint in progress

I loved the modern color choice and the luxurious charcoal colored velvet that we added. I used the Annie Sloan paint in Graphite tinted a tad lighter with Old White. The chairs are lightly rubbed and distressed so that just a touch of the beautiful wood finish shows through. It took these chairs from classic-casual, to modern and elegant with a history.

annie sloan the method behind the maddness

I also have great news! We now have a local Annie Sloan stockist in Lucerne! Beatrice is a lovely lady who owns the CUTEST shop in Lucerne! Its also really close to my favorite broken haus, so I park and walk to both. She carries a full line of paint, wax and brushes. I have visited her several times and mostly I just walked around drooling and trying not to get too geeky about her exquisite taste. I have been warned that sometimes I can come on rather strong ~  friendly as I like to think. I worry it can feel a little stalker-ish. Anyway I went to her Christmas open house on Friday night, met her son who was dressed as Samichlaus and now I guess we are practically besties. Tell her I sent you!

beARTrice liebevolles wohnen

Beatrice Näf

Kasimir Pfyfferstrasse 14

6003 Luzern CH

What do you think? Would you be brave enough to paint your furniture black?

If you are interested in a furniture redo, (and you live in Europe) I am taking commissions- email me!