Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Peek at My Dining Chair Makeover and a Vintage Ballet Dress

it was love at first sight... this vintage ballet dress was found at Round Top Texas by a dear friend who is an antique dealer.
The ballet dress will be beautiful on a mannequin in my sewing room as soon as i can find it one.
For now she is posing on one of my dinning room chairs.
When my chairs finally dried i brought one inside to see what it looked like at the table.

Here is a before picture..

They still need a lot of work.... reupholstering, sanding and waxing but the transformation with a little paint made a huge difference.
i bought these beauties off craigslist for $10 a piece.

i can't wait to see what they look like completely finished!

until next time,


I'm sharing at..
French Country Cottage- Feathered Nest Friday
Miss Mustard Seed- Furniture Feature Friday
Primitive and Proper- Piece of Work Wednesday
Faded Charm- White Wednesday
My Romantic Home- Show and Tell Friday
At The Picket Fence- Inspiration Friday


  1. Hi Cheryl!

    Oh your ballet dress is divine! It brings me visions of Swan Lake. I am a huge fan of classical ballet! I rent ballets all the time from Netflix; they are just comfort soup to me to watch & listen to. You have done an excellent job on your new to you chair! What a great deal! I love the detail on the top of the chair. You have styled one gorgeous photo with the dress on the chair. I am loving your blog & love when you post to it.. I like everything you share with us!

    Take Care,

  2. Hello Cheril,
    your idea is great!I love it.
    Bye Vlaďka

  3. I have the EXACT SAME CHAIRS!!! haha! I got them online a few weeks ago, the whole set of 6 plus the table and two leaves for 40 bucks!! I'm painting mine white too! That is too funny!! Looks good! love the dress, gorgeous!

  4. LOVE the chairs~ Beautiful ballet dress too. I was a ballerina for years and loved being on pointe. Hugs, Rachel :)

  5. Beautiful! The chair legs peeking out from under the dress look like a dancer on her toes! Haha!!

  6. Oh, that dress is gorgeous. It looks beautiful on the lovely chair.


  7. The chair has really good detail! Great transformation!

  8. I absolutely adore this dress and your chair looks wonderful. I wish I were that lucky with craigslist.


  9. me too - can't wait to see them finished - this little sideways peek has gotten me so curious now. I've always loved pretty cane back chairs. And just how precious is that dancer's costume? What an awesome find! I didn't make it to Round Top this past spring and am totally looking forward to the autumn market there. Take care :)

  10. The chair, the dress...Wow! I love it, so romantic and pretty.

  11. I love the dress and the chair!


  12. So very pretty...the dress and the chairs :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  13. WOWZADOODLE! I am in love with this!
    Kerry at

  14. LOVE that dress! I'd love to find one for my daughter's ballet-inspired room some day.
    Great job on your chair, too!!
    TAke care,

  15. Oh Cheryl, what a pretty dress! I would want to try it on...did you do that? lol. Love those chairs too. They're so sweet, yet elegant, painted white.

    xo Tricia

  16. what a beutiful chair..hugs from Gabriella

  17. I agree with an earlier comment, the chair looks like it's wearing point shoes/toe shoes/slippers?, sorry not a dancer. Either way, your DR is beautiful so far, with the door and the runner, yum. Looking forward to seeing the finished chairs.

  18. That is such a sweet ballet dress, it will be adorable on a mannequin! Your chair is gorgeous, I look forward to seeing it completely finished. I will follow you, then hopefully I won't miss it!
    Hugs, Cindy

  19. Your ballet dress looks fabulous hung on that sweet chair! Right out of JDA magazine, girl! :)

    xoxo laurie

  20. Your chair is looking beautiful and that dress is so pretty! I really like your blog - just signed up to follow. Have a happy fourth!

  21. I'm working on some very simular chairs right now. Boy is painting the cane a chore! I hope my chairs turn out as pretty as yours!!

  22. Absolutely love this~ how sweet and charming!! The caning is wonderful on that chair and the dress just gorgeous as well! Thanks for sharing this at FNF~ Happy 4th to you and yours Cheryl!! :)

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