Sunday, April 18, 2010

~VINTAGE JAMES REILLY CHAIRS - Shabby Cottage Chic Reveal~

OLDER THAN I THOUGHT

I'm a die-hard junkin' fan! You should ALL know that by now! Whoot!  Whoot!  Tag Sale Shopping in my blood... I tell you IT JUST IS!!!!  And...I've decided that except for my Mr. AGPMan (he's got the mullah and the brawn) there is no one I'd rather go a slummin' with more than my sister, Linda!  She knows the BEST places to shop in her neck of the woods just like I know the best places to junk in Oklahoma.  Together we are a tad bit lethal...boy did we have tons of fun!
 
SIMPLY TO-DIE-FOR

A couple of days ago I showed you the photo of three chairs I hauled back home from Tennessee!  I promised to show you pictures of the two I finished and here they are!  Now...let me share with you what I found out about them...

As I was priming the first chair my guy asked me if I'd found a Maker's Mark.  I shook my head no just as he pointed one out under the front band of the first chair!  He grabbed a magnifying glass so we could read the hard to make out name!  Between the two of us were able to determine the first word was the name "JAMES" and part of the second world was the name of "REILLY".  Underneath that we could read  only the letters "M-A-N".  I immediately Googled what I had and discovered the chairs were from approximately 1877 and were made by James Reilly, Manchester, England.

What I wouldn't give to know just HOW they made it to America...and even more so how they landed in a junkie little antique shoppe outside of Nashville...
LAURA ASHELY PINK ROSES

Now...I'm quite sure the purest of antique dealers would faint over me painting the chairs.  If they had been in pristine (or even premium) condition I probably wouldn't have.  But...you know me...I just LOVE painted furniture!  So, I tossed caution to the wind and kept painting.  Shabby Chic Rules! 

I absolutely LOVE the final result!  I used a long retired Laura Ashley soft pink and creamy white toile fabric for the cushion covers (which were completely replaced) and that was pretty much it!  I actually wanted to place a tiny ruffle around the bottom edge but it would have made the cushions an even tighter fit so I opted to leave them plain!

Hope you love the transformation as much as I do!

Now...just want until you see the pink chair!  It's fabulous, too!  All three will be on my website AND offered for sale in my Oklahoma City Antique Booth Space! 

Thanks for stopping in...more transformations coming up soon...

Blessings for a beautiful week!

28 comments:

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh Rebecca....you would have LOVED the auction. I was in my element! Thank you for your saying I look beautiful...not so much, but I tell you, a whole lot better looking than the last month!!! When you come to AZ, we will find an auction or flea market!!

Marydon Ford said...

I just picked myself off the floor Rebecca ... they are fabulous .. AND ... what a coup to find a James Reilly much less TWO of them ... you did good, my friend.

Hugs, Marydon

Shelia said...

HI Rebecca! Oh, honey! Those chairs are beautiful and how great you found out the history of the makers! Yes, if only these olden pieces could tell us their story. Well, I think you've added life to these lovelies!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Terri Smith said...

Oh Rebecca..what a fabulous make-over! You did Mr. Reilly Proud! I've always loved Laura Ashley's fabric designs, and your use of this particular one looks stunning with the paint choice! Like it was meant to be! I totally agree, "Shabby Chic Rules!"

Blessings, Love & Sunday Sunshine, Terri

stefanie said...

oh, how gorgeous they turned out...how will you ever part with them!

chandelier magic said...

Hi Rebecca

Love the chairs - killer french fluted legs, mmmmm.

You did a fabulous job -

Marsha

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hey Girl, you've sure been busy since you returned home! Love the chairs and I'm with you. I'm not a purist and if something needs a coat of white paint, then it will get it! They are really lovely and I love the seats, so so pretty! Don't know if you had the chance to check out the post that I did on your wonderful sachet pillow. I have it hanging in my studio off of my supply cupboard, I just adore it!
love,
Debra

Martha's Favorites said...

Rebecca: The chairs are beautiful. You do such wonderful work. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

BellaRosa said...

Rebecca amor, beautiful chairs! They came out just gorgeous!! I have some pieces that I would love to paint, but....my amor, isn't a fan of painted furniture unless it is hopeless and won't look good refinished lol but I also have the problem that I have huge aspirations for beautifully painted pieces..except that I can't paint very well lol and so my amor, does it for me...when he feels there is no other choice for the poor piece...see my quandry :) Amor, I want to thank you for that beautiful birthday wish that you left for my mama :) Thank you made our day! Have a beautiful week! Besos, Rose

joanne said...

you and your sister rock! ab fab.

June said...

Now those are beautiful chairs! I love how they turnes out. Well even if they would have been worth 10,000 a piece in there original finish I still like them better this way. It's only money and we can't take it with us.hehe
hugs

Dorthe said...

Rebecca, they are so very beautifull, you did a wonderfull job ,they will look fantastic,everywhere,sweet.
Hugs,Dorthe

RosesMarijke said...

Ooooh....how beautiful !!
I love your chairs....!!

xxMarijke

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Wowza! How exciting! I can't help but honor the craftsman that makes a chair that lasts like that!

The chairs look very lovely from your special touch, Rebecca! ♥

Ginger said...

What a wonderful makeover and you used such glorious fabric. Can't wait to see them in person but they will probably be gone before I get there. Isn't that something they were James Reilly chairs. How exciting. Can't wait to see the other one. Have a wonderful Monday.
Love and Hugs
Ginger

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hello Rebecca :) Your 2 chairs turned out so breathtakingly beautiful! But, of course they would :) I can't wait to see what you do with the armed chair; as I'm sure it will look just fabulous.

Have yourself a lovely & creative week my friend! Warmest always, Brenda

Stacey said...

Rebecca, they are beautiful! Oh how I wish I had a pinky house.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Rebecca,
I love what you did with the chairs! I think they look beautiful!
Debbie

Mollye said...

Rebecca they are magical and the history lesson makes them more charming and interesting. XXMollye

Mari said...

HELLO SWEETIE,
I JUST ADORE THE WAY YOUR CHAIRS TURNED OUT.....WOW BEAUTIFUL, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE PINK ONE :)

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

good on you - you did a bang-up job! They look just terrific!

Lisa said...

The chairs are beautiful! What a lovely re-do! And to find out their pedigree is an added bonus.:)

Oklahoma Granny said...

Simply lovely. You do wonderful work.

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Dear,dear Rebecca!-)*

You are a magic talent,my dear friend!!!

This transformation is unbelievable stunning,unbelievable chic and elegant,my Godness-)))*

Soft colors and immensly LOVE this creation***

Much Love,
***Violetta***

Cottage Sunshine said...

Rebecca, your chairs are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I love pink and these chairs would be so awesome in my home...wonderful job!!
Hugs! Carolyn

Lisa said...

I love your chairs! Well done you! Enjoy them!!!
Thank you so much for your sweet thoughts for me and my sweet Casey. I really am lucky to have such wonderful friends!
Hugs, Lisa

Secondhandrose said...

You are a fast worker. You must love to paint. They turned out very pretty and I'll be back to see the pink one.

karen

debbie said...

OH REBECCA,
IT IS TRUE AN ANTIQUE DEALER WOULD HAVE A FIT BUT WHAT YOU DID FOR THOSE CHAIRS IS GRACE, MERCY, AND GORGEOUS.
BEAUTIFUL.
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

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