Tuesday, 30 September 2008

A little splash of pink!

In the spirit of lifelong learning I have begun a part-time course in Upholstery. Well, something had to be done about all those poorly chairs I have accumulated and I certainly wasn't going to pay someone else to do it! I chose this little nursing chair for my first project. Something I might complete in a term so that I don't lose enthusiasm!
I thought I had enrolled on a beginners class but quickly realised that all of the other 'student's had been attending the rolling course for many years and were working on some beautiful restoration projects of quite breathtaking complexity. But still I decided to stick to my simple starter project. I removed the grotty coverings and sanded off all the cracked polish. All the other work in the class is being restored to original condition, but we already have lots of traditional furniture at home, so I decided upon a change....
... and I painted it pink. Or should I say "I painted it PINK!!!!!"
I hadn't expected it to be quite so bright, but it makes me smile every time I look at it!
So, today I took my little pink project along to class. I was late and the only free bench was right at the front. Well, amongst all the brown wax and polish, it was certainly a show stopper..... I'm not sure that was in a good way... but Hey! It's my chair and I love it!
I just need to persuade hubby that he can live with that shade of pink and I might be allowed to bring it home again!
Hope you're all having a lovely week. t.x


Hen said...

O love it, it's gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing what fabric you chose...
Hen x

Libbys Blog said...

I like 'pink' so it would be welcome in my house whether it fitted or not!!!lol!!!

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi T,
Good luck with the course - I know that chair of yours is going to look great.
(VERY annoying when the experienced attend a beginners class - but good for you not letting it put you off.)
Can't wait to see your choice of fabric - 70's maybe??!! Purple??!

Niki x

Lark said...

Oh lovely, can't wait to see it finished!!

Allison x

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

What a fabulous colour of pink.


Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

Mom/Mum said...

Oh that's lovely. There's not enough pink in my life, so am going to borrow yours and leave it flashing it's girliness at me from my computer screen.
Look foward to seeing it finished.

http://lavenderhouse.typepad.com said...

LOVE THE CHAIR!!! I love pink too. It is a great shade of pink - would you be willing to let me know which pink it is - pinks are hard to get right - some too peachy and some too blueish.

Love Emma x

MrsL said...

Chair is lovely - looking forward to seeing it finished.

Lovely blog, makes me smile. :)


thriftymrs said...

Wonderful shade of pink.

BusyLizzie said...

love the pink chair.. not sure I would get away with it here (all those boys would object)... but I might just try one of these days!

MelMel said...

Wow wonderful!
Lovely shade of pink!
sweet chair...i have a weakness for pretty chairs!

Lottie said...

Its brilliant - and as I have seen the 'before' in real life - I am so looking forward to what you come up with.

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Love, love,, love it!!!!

M ^..^

prettyshabby said...

love it! great seeing something traditional pimped up!..hey you could start a new trend..'pimp my chair' x

Kitschen Pink said...

Hen - oh yes! I have such plans for the fabric! t.x

Libby - well if hubby really can't bear it you might have to have it! t.x

Niki - actually it's great - they are mostly 'mature' students, very rowdy and huge fun - and they're all keen to teach me too so I feel like I'm getting more than I paid for! t.x

Lark - don't hold your breath! One lady has been working on the same chair for 3 years... t.x

KVR - isn't it scrummy! t.x

M/M - yes it does make your eyes flash - in a strobe sort of way! t.x

Lavender - I shall look it up and email you - but the photoes only show one shade- it looked completely different the evening before! t.x

Mrsl - so pleased I made you smile! t.x

TM - yup! t.x

BL - that's kind of where I'm at - any tips for getting it past their masculine gazes! t.x

MM - sadly my weakness is for broken and neglected chairs - I'm working towards turning them into sweet chairs! t.x

Lottie - me too! When I come up with it... t.x

O.C. - me too too too! t.xx

PS - ho ho! I wonder if that line of thinking would help to persuade hubby! t.xx

MrsL said...

Oh dear - I seem to have bought two pots of pink paint this morning. How did that happen? :):):)

Donna said...

Gorgeous! You wait they'll all be painting their chairs pink soon ;-)

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I like that you did your own thing!!
And it makes you smile!!

Lily and Agathe said...

It's terrific xx

Ragged Roses said...

Of course hubby can be persuaded, what's a home without any pink, especially that kind of pink!

Beata said...

Oh yes!! Go for it!! I love it...can't wait to see what fabric you choose! You made me smile with your description of arriving late amongst the brown wax and polish...I think that we should all put a dash of pink in our lives to make the world just a bit rosier!

shabby_fantastic said...

Hi there! I love your blog - its gorgeous, and the chair looks amazing.
Nice to find someone quite local (I live on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border, but my fiance is from North Norfolk (Sheringham)

I look forward to reading more!
Take care,
ShabbyFantastic xxx

Kitschen Pink said...

MrsL - how do those things happen? I have no idea! t.x

Donna - it's a revolution!

BBR - I like it too, thank-you! t.x

L&A - ooh you have such good taste! t.x

RR - can you call and tell him for me?! t.x

B - ah the fabric - well that's a whole other post! t.x

SF - do drop in again soon t.x

Sunny Tuesday said...

I love this chair! I can't wait to see what it looks like after the cushion is added!

goooooood girl said...

Very fine......

jane winton said...

Love your blog and the chair looks great, love pink, look forward to seeing the finished article. A set of six would be good! Jane, Cornwall

Gail :) said...

I LOVE your pink chair! Can't wait to see it finished. I am adding your blog to the blogroll so I won't forget to look for the finished chair :)

Fancy Elastic said...

I love the pink. I am always tempted to sign up for the local upholstery course, and one day I will. I can't wait to see you you do the fabric portions.


Bumpkin Bears said...

I just found your blog from Mandy over at Belle and Boo. I have to say I too LOVE that PINK :) I can't wait to see which pretty fabric you will use to upholster it. I have always wanted to learn upholstery, sounds such fun seeing a transformation :) Hugs, Catherine

Gill - That British Woman said...

that's a lovely shade of pink......

Gill in Canada

Jaywalker said...

I tagged you for a silly meme KP - is easy...

carolyn said...

Oh my goodness I too need to do something about our poorly chairs!

Lucy B - Vintage Floral and Gingham said...

WOW! I love the idea of upholstery classes!!! The pink is gorgeous and I'm very excited about the fabric. Please..please..please update with photo's of the next stage soon.
Lucy B
Vintage Floral and Gingham

Kitschen Pink said...

ST - I can't wait either! t.x

GG why thank-you t.x

JW - you're so right - if only any of the poorly chairs we own were a matching set that would be perfect! t.x

Gail - you're very kind! t.x

FE - I think that might be a few weeks yet! t.x

BB - the transformation is very slow - I had no idea there could be so many layers in one teensy chair! t.x

Gill - isn't it just!

JW - I'll be right over! t.x

C - hmmm, I found deciding on the paint colour was the best incentive! t.x

VF&G - I shall! It has just been through a very amusing 'Tom Jone's phase! I will reveal soon! t.x

jenny holiday said...

Such a happy happy new life for this lil gal!!!

LOVE her!!!!

Just want to thank you SO SO SO much for visiting my NEW home here in blogland!!! It has been such a stressful week!!! I am happy to say that I am finally settled into one address!! My second blogger address in 2 days!! Thanks to AOL! ughhh...anyhoo....you may have bookmarked my first NEW blogger address.....well I am here to tell you that I have a NEW NEW blogger address ..LOL! Here it is...


Thanks so so much for following my lil blog!!!

I am so so happy to be in my new and final home!!!
Happy Happy Fall!!!

luv ya!!!
xoxo Jenny

Couture de Papier said...

I love your inspiring blog!
Denise Nantasket Beach ,Mass.

Country Cottage Chic said...

It looks like just the right colour to me! Which fabric are you going to use for the upholstery?

dottyspots said...

I think it looks great (but then I love pink) - I look forward to the fabric too.

Amanda said...

Love that color, so pretty!!

Kitschen Pink said...

JH - phew! what a week you've had! t.x

CdeP you're very kind - my much neglected blog will hopefully get back on course soon! t.x

CCC - ah! the fabric.....well... t.x

DS - me too! t.x

A - thank-you t.x

Nicole said...

I once had a chair I wanted recovered. I didn't get a quote first (as normal people would have done) and was quite shocked at the final price when I went to collect it. I think it was $400 or something like that.

Your chair is gorgeous and I'm sure will look spectacular when you have finished.

xox Nicole

Kitschen Pink said...

Nicole - thank-you for that! I shall report it all to hubby if he complains about the cost of the broken chair, the course, the tools, the equipment, the materials, the travel...... :-) Actually I think I'll just keep quiet! t.xx

clare Carter said...

As the song goes-"Think Pink"!! Gorgeous.I bet all the others were jealous when feasting their eyes on that stunner next to theirs : ) What are you using on the seat??