Thursday, October 21, 2010

French Chair Wall Art



I love old books.  Not just for decorating but because they're often a good read.  My favorites were written in the 30's and 40's and may not be great classics but more times than not they are sweet little stories.

It's hurts me to tear one up but I'm a no-nonsense kind of gal who believes sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and let it rip.  I do have standards when it comes to sacrificing books.....they can't be first editions, they can't be something I'd like to read someday, they can't be a good color -- I said I had standards, not that they were all noble.

So yes, lately I've been tearing up a lot of books and doing a lot of projects with their innards.  Here's my latest...


I took these outside pictures without the glass to avoid the glare...




 It only took a few minutes flipping through some old magazines to find several 
different chair options for patterns.  I didn't even have to resize the picture. 


I always cut my picture/pattern and my paper at the same time - it's quicker and more accurate.



I added a few little details with a Sharpie, backed it with burlap and...

 
...framed it in an 11''x14'' frame I grabbed for $2.99 at, you guessed, Goodwill.


And, that's all she wrote!

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52 comments:

  1. Those are cute. I use the same cutting technique as you do. Layering is just so much easier for me.

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  2. Lindy, I absolutely LOVE this! I never cease to be amazed with your creativity and artistry! ~Sheilla

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  3. You are so creative. ANd this is a delightful project using very inexpensive elements. I just love how it turned out!!!! Marvelous!
    I think I'll try my hand at this one!
    Yvonne

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  4. that is adorable and awesome! you are so stinkin' clever, lindy!

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  5. Beautiful in it's simplicity. Great project.
    Jane

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  6. Lindy-that is darling! I love it. Great idea about cutting at the same time. I have always used my first cutting of something (which is usually the best one) for a pattern and then either tried to cut around it again or trace around it. The way you did it makes perfect sense. Love your chair!!! Diana

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  7. Very cute Lindy. I have two "real" chairs just like this one, I found them many, many years ago and I love them.(-:

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  8. I love this! How adorable would that look in a craft room?! And I am just so in love with that bird pillow. I'm crossing my fingers and toes in hopes to win it, haha!

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  9. Lindy, did you see this? http://paperglueetc.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/top-10-thursday/
    She posted one of your projects...framed fall art! I love the idea of her 'Top 10!" Check it out! Also, I love this piece of art, too! You are so creative! LOVE THE PILLOW!! And, I hope your 'bee' pillow is coming along great! I can't wait to see it! Have a great weekend! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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  10. Hi Lindy ~ What a great idea! Your french chair pic. is so unique and one-of-a-kind! Love the burlap background ~ it's all so current! Have a great weekend.

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  11. Hi there -- I absolutely love your chair art. It is so beautiful.

    I am also your newest official follower :) Crossing my fingers about the gorgeous bird pillow - it would fit right in at my place

    I'd be honoured if you'd pop over sometime and maybe even follow me too?

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  12. I LOVE this!! SO cute!!
    Thanks for linking up!!

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  13. You are for sure the creative QUEEN...love this one!!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  14. What a sweet and clever idea Lindy. I'm just going to have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. And now I'm off to enter your beautiful giveaway...Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Smiles,
    ♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

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  15. I just love this. So beautiful and sweet. Would you consider linking this up to my Sunday Art Therapy link party and flikr group at Seeds on a Breeze? Hope to see you there!

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  16. what a beautiful project this is! Really lovely!

    Here from tidymom, have a great weekend!

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  17. WOW! I love your blog! I just became a follower! Your ideas are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend!

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  18. the chair is darling! but i'm really love the burlap backing! have you seen the reversible mats from pottery barn? it reminds me so much of them! (the linen side) - but your idea is obviously much cheaper. Thank You!!!

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  19. Really cute idea! And how smart of you to cut the template from a magazine.

    I know what you mean about the apprehension of cutting up an old book. As an avid reader, I still have problems with it. What we gals will do to achieve beauty!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

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  20. Your chair art is very, very cute!!

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  21. Great idea! I love how simple it is but such a statement at the same time.

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  22. Thanks for your comment on my blog!! I love your chair, I think that I might try to recreate it!

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  23. I love this! Great idea to cut all at once...now why didn't I think of that? :)

    I'm a new follower ~
    Pat

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  24. Was that van Gogh you've removed from the frame??? Tz Tz Tz!!! But I like the results. Inspirational. And that bed-turned-love-seat idea of yours! I'm surprised you didn't get a call from HGTV! Still coming up, I'm sure! Thank you for sharing, I will follow!
    Claudia from FrenchCountry

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  25. I have a midcentury sofa and two chairs that didn't have any cushions. I got all the cushions from cheap sofas on craigslist :) So much less expensive than buying all new foam! The sofa cushions still need to be trimmed down a bit and recovered, but the chair cushions fit perfectly, and they are a nice neutral, so I will probably leave them for a while. (I do have some fun material for when I decide I'm done with the neutral :)

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  26. I'm a book lover as well and love to see projects made from them! I love it!

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  27. Okay, Lindy, I was planning on doing this exact same project--I saw it in a magazine. I have the canvas, but haven't gotten around to it (obviously) yet. I'll give you a shout out, but I won't really be copying!

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  28. Cute idea and fabulous finished product. Have a great day! La

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  29. Oh my gosh, I love this! Glad to have found you on Backyard Wed....

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  30. This is SO SO SO CUTE! I have been looking for a thrifty way to dress up a wall in my kitchen..Thanks for the inspiration!!! Found you on Sew Much ADo. Would love for you to come and visit me!!

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  31. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. This is such a cute idea!

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  32. I love it! Another cute idea I must copy!

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  33. Wow, how adorable! I love it! Great idea for the pattern, too!
    Thanks for joining my link party and stop by again for a fun necklace giveaway! Have a great week!
    alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

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  34. Gilr this is another great idea!!! I'll be doing this one for sure!

    Kendra aka "Domestic Princess in Training"

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  35. Your project turned out fantastic - I linked it to my wall art post too!!

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  36. Great idea and creative use of materials. Inspires me to do something as I have old sheet music and books I have been wanting to do something with.

    Benita

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  37. oh, so frenchy! looks really nice! you could probably even make it without the glass, it would still look beautiful!

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  38. this is SOOOO super cute! love love love it

    http://www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

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  39. This is super cute and easy to do. I especially love your photos of the steps. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. This is adorable! Great tutorial! :) I just became a follower...

    I found you through the CSI Project... this is what I had fun burlapping:
    http://www.migonishome.com/2011/04/burlapping-it.html

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  41. That is fantastic! I saw something kind of similar in Ballard Designs-how clever you are! I just love that. I hope you don't mind, but I may be copying that idea! Thanks so much for for sharing that!

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