We’ve got gray chairs!

…or is it grey?  I can never figure out which gray means what…if you know, please tell so I can feel like I’m up on my design lingo.  Or at least spell like I am :)

As promised, I’ve got some progress to share with you on my dining room table and chairs makeover.  First off, I love the Annie Sloan Paris Grey color.  It’s seriously the perfect color for this set.  I usually don’t seem to get that lucky.  But I’m really feelin’ this one.

Here’s what the chairs looked like when we bought them:

And here’s the Paris Grey in the dining room (just the paint, no wax yet):

And here it is in the front room.  We’re not sure where we’re going to put it yet.  We change our minds every other day. 

I’ve got all six chairs painted.  Now I’ve got to put both the clear and dark waxes on, then distress everything and finally recover my seat cushions.  I’m probably not going to go as dark with the wax as I did on my shabby mirror makeover.

And as for the fabric we chose for the cushions, here’s a little sneak peek:

I’m pumped about it!  Thanks to a tip from Erin, I didn’t get a cotton fabric, but instead I found this one and I love it! I looked at it and just knew.  I don’t know too much about fabric other than, “Oh I like that one” or “That one is ugly,” but this is a well-made.  I can just tell ;)   It’s made out of 55% Linen and 45% Rayon.  If you know anything about these feel free to share! 

JoAnn’s was having a sale on Waverly fabrics for 50% off, so I got 2 yards totaling $50.  Definitely not cheap, but it’s better than the non-sale price of $100.  So I’ll take it.  After all, it’s less than $10 a chair and that seems decent.

Thoughts on the paint? The fabric? Have you guys ever seen something and just knew it was perfect? Or do you take awhile to decide for sure what you want? 

p.s….We got another quote on our dining room half wall demo (aka knee wall…hey there’s some DIY language I learned this week), annnndddd the guy was insane.  $2500 insane.  Ummmm no. 

p.s. again…  Our new neighbors just moved in and are doing a ton of remodeling, which means they’re throwing away a bunch of materials.  They were so nice as to offer us some tile so John has been working on a sweet little project. Can’t wait to share soon!

p.s. again and again….  Holy crap Saturday is already our one year housiversary!  Check out the project gallery to see all the things we’ve done to our little rancher!

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26 responses to We’ve got gray chairs!


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  3. I am drooling over your fabric choice, Whitney — this dining set is going to be FAB! Paris Gray is my fave ASCP color… great minds. :)
    xo Heidi

  4. Love that fabric! Its going to look perfect. I know nothing about fabrics either. I am going to need some schooling before I attempt to recover an old arm chair this summer. and by schooling I mean lots of googling!!

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  6. So cute! I love the grey you chose, especially with that fabric!

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  8. Love these chairs! They are going to look amazing when they are done ;)
    PS-I think I am back to blogging…at least for now!

  9. Marian

    The fabric is awesome and PERFECT!!!

  10. I never know how to type gray either! The chairs look gorgeous and I absolutely LOVE the fabric you chose! They are going to look great!

  11. That gray is perfect! The fabric will look great. Good choices. =) Happy almost House-iversary!

  12. 1) LOVE the grey {gray} chairs!!!
    2) The fabric is totally perfect for them!
    3) Happy Housiversary! :)
    4) You mightttt have a little gift in the mail from me this weekend. {I know…finallyyyyyyy. Your Pass It On gift has been done for a while, but I have been too busy at work to make it to the post office before they close haha. SORRY!!}

  13. Happy, happy one year housiversary!! How fun. And I absolutely love the grey, or gray, I can provide no wisdom here…I try to use them both equally so it doesn’t appear that I am picking favorites. Now THAT sounds a little wacky. :/

    I also LOVE the fabric and totally understand what you mean about just knowing, even if you don’t really know, but you just know. I know, right! Now cotton vs rayon vs linen I do not know at all.

    Can’t wait to see it all together. Karah

  14. I am in love with the fabric you chose for the seats; the grey paint is the perfect compliment–icing on the cake! these chairs are going to be simply gorgeous. love love love them!

  15. Seriously loving the gray and the fabric you chose! I can’t wait to see it all come together – or what the heck you’re doing with that leftover tile!!

  16. hahah I just had to laugh about the grey or gray comment. Seriously which is it, I don’t know either. On another note I am so diggin those chairs, girl those are amazing and the fabric is tdf !

  17. That fabric looks great with the chairs–classy and bold! I love the colors! Glad I could be semi-helpful. :)

  18. Shut the front door and close the back!!…The chairs are fantastic….Great job Whitney!!…I love that color…and the fabric is awesome!!!….Happy, happy houseaversary!!!

  19. I love the shape of those chairs! It looks like they’ll really look great when they’re all finished!

    P.S. I wish someone near us would give us a bunch of free stuff …

  20. Love it! I was actually eyeing up that fabric for drapes for a bit. Can’t wait to see it all done.

  21. They are such a pretty grey color (I always say grey, not gray). & That fabric is going to look fantastic with them!

  22. I love the chairs! Happy houserversary!

  23. Love the fabric you chose! I love grey and yellows together! So pretty! The grey on the chair is perfect too! Can’t wait to see it all distressed and finished up!

  24. The chairs are a beautiful colour. I’m beginning to be a big fan of gray as well. I used it on our bathroom walls, and I never in the past dreamed I would. The fabric is stunning too. I think got you got a steal for Waverly fabric!