Repro Thursday

I just love Chinese Chippendale chairs.  I even gave my own chair a makeover last fall.  So, I thought it fitting that for today’s Repro Thursday I feature Ballard Design’s Dayna Bar Stool.

Ballard Designs

I really like that these are a twist on the classic Chinese Chippendale, created as a stool.  (Though Ballard does offer a regular height side and arm chair as part of this collection).

The stools are available in white or warm gray.


What do you think of these?  Do you like the fact that it’s a stool? Or would you just prefer an arm chair-height Chinese Chippendale?


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Remember this?

Chinese Chippendale Chair

I picked up this Chinese Chippendale chair awhile back.  I painted it.  I decided on fabric.  And now it’s complete!

Chippendale Chair w: Cushion

A dear family friend, Teresa of Windows Etc., Inc., is incredibly talented with all things fabric.  I brought her the old cushion on my last visit to the Chicago-land area.  Teresa worked her magic, created this beautiful cushion, and then my mom brought it back out here to DC, packed among all the toys she brought for her grandsons.

Doesn’t it look terrific?!

I’m just loving it!  Thanks for all the advice along the way in regards to chair color, fabric choice, and painting tips.  And thanks to Teresa for transforming the ugly old cushion into this little gorgeous monkey-love cushion!

Chinese Chippendale Chair Monkey Cushion

I’m feeling like I’m really on a roll lately – finishing the mudroom makeover and this chair.  What’s next??!  Oh wait, ha!  The holidays!  Guess that’ll keep me busy!

Are you feeling good about finishing any big (or small) projects lately?



Been hard at work with this:


A few more coats and I should have this project complete:


I settled on using this Rust-Oleum Painters Touch 2X Ultra Cover Paint + Primer.  Yes, I chose this after I had already primered the chair.  Let’s just say it chose me.  After carrying my 18 month old though the store (because of course he wouldn’t sit in the cart!) and after the nice employee told me that my older son shouldn’t ride on the front of the cart (what kid doesn’t do that??!), I brought all the cans home and then I realized it said Paint + Primer.  Too late!  NOT GOING BACK!!!  However, it seems to be working just fine!  Can’t wait to show you the finished product!