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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

For Adrianne with Love

We all have family friends who have been part of our lives for as long as we can recall. 
Often those people are dear to us but not always so near due to geography. 
This is the case with our friend who gifted me this amazing chair. 
It came with a beautiful wooden desk that I have yet to tackle.

In 2004, I had  redecorated a dining room at a friends home. Using a rich burgundy fabric with a fleur de lys pattern. I made table accessories & a window pelmet which thankfully turned out well. Unfortunately my camera skills let me down,  so the photo's below do not them justice.

Nonetheless, I loved this fabric & had some spare from that project. 

Firstly, the chair base was stripped, webbed and recovered 

  Then the repair needed only a little wood glue at its dowel joints 
and a good sanding, stain and a polish. 
I didn't apply a varnish, instead I elected to use a rub on oil 
after the stain had dried which feeds the chair
 & bring out it's colour. 

I have been working on making over this piece for the last couple of weeks
& am thrilled with it's outcome. 
Fleur-de-lys from French to English translation is Flower of The Lily.
The symbol represents a stylized lily or lotus flower. 
Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty and it is said to signify perfection, light & life. 

I look forward to starting soon on the matching desk 
and thank our dear friend for trusting me to bring it back to beautiful. 

Thanks Adrianne
You are always in our thoughts 

Big hugs  
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