Friday, August 27, 2010

We'll Always Have Paris

"We'll always have Paris". That's a favorite quote from a favorite movie, and also the inspiration for a decoupage project that I'd like to share with you today.
I picked this chair up at the local Goodwill for $3. It was partially painted purple and had a few loose joints but the lines were decent. At that price, I figured I could find something to do with it. And I decided on decoupage.
Aside from a few painted accents, the chair is completely covered in paper, mostly vintage. I used lots of old sheet music, some reproduced vintage French love letters and wall paper from the 1930's and 1940's as the foundation materials. Accents include a vintage heart shaped doily, a postcard from France, and some magazine cutouts.

One of the details that I most enjoyed doing was the back slats of the chair; each one tells a little Parisian story
This one shows a couple in parting surrounded by love letters, a photograph of the Eiffel Tower, and an old airplane.
The one beneath it highlights a dreamy looking starlet with more photos of the Eiffel Tower, another letter, and lots of roses.
This one depicts a young couple married in Paris, with a photo of the Cathedral of Notre Dame and of course, another Eiffel Tower shot.
This one features a photo of a lovely young woman gazing into the mirror, memories of Paris in her thoughts. Other images from this scene include a party photo, the Eiffel Tower, a love letter, and lots of roses.

This was a very time consuming, but fun project, and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.
It has found a home at the desk where I work on paper projects. Between the chair and my mood board there's plenty of inspiration close at hand.

Until next time,

This post is shared on "Show and Tell Friday"
at Cindy's gorgeous blog, My Romantic Home. You should check it out....lots of great ideas to discover!


  1. This is amazing...and it must take a lot of time to make it so perfect.

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  2. I am again amazed! The chair is absolutely beautiful.

  3. Ohhlala - french chic! Your chair is stunning! You did an amazing job and it does look like it was a lot of work.

  4. Sheilla it is very feminine and unique. You really have created a beautiful chair. Lovely!

    Thank you very much for your kind visit to my blog. It's nice to meet you! Come by anytime.

    Blessings, ~Melissa :)

  5. Sheilla,
    Thank you for your visit to my place and your wonderful comment!!
    This is an amazing chair, I have done this kind of work. I know what kind of work goes into it, and the inspiration it gives when it is finished.

    You have inspired my talent in paper to put my hands to more paper and collage :)

    keep inspiring us...What a wow! $3.00 chair.

  6. I was decoupaging this week too! Your chair is so fun!

  7. Girl, that is ADORABLE!! I love all the thought you put into each slat! I know that starlet too, its gonna drive me batty until I figure it out!

  8. Oh, that chair is scrumptious! You've got a great eye and I love seeing potential in a $3 chair! Very inspiring. Great blog!

    Your studio is really cool. Very cozy and fresh with great style.



  9. Amazing chair. Clever use of a $3 chair. I'm loving that desk lamp as well...

  10. I love your chair, great job, looks outstanding:))
    Hugs Biljana


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