In September I finally had the chance to make it to Brimfield. The May Brimfield is usually the best but sometimes you can get some good finds in July and September. I ended up lucking out and finding some great pieces. Now I'm sure all the dealers went in and swooped up the best of the best before I even arrived but unfortunately, this girl has to work for a living and being there on Tuesday at 4 AM is just not possible. My purchases include a series of hot air balloon prints framed all together, a pair of ceramic parrots and finally, a porter chair!
The Frame - perfect for my collection and so right considering my wedding and love of hot air balloons.
The Birds - They're not super valuable and not in the best of condition. They had a strange layer of brown applied to them to hide the blemishes and chips. I have since removed most of the brown and am okay with the wear and tear. I'm now in search of a pair of Roccoco style gilded brackets that are a large enough depth to support these two. They're slated to be mounted to my bedroom wall.
The Chair - When in the world do you find a Porter chair for $500? When it's this ugly! Now, I know it's so bad right now and all I can imagine is that it was used on the set of Dynasty at one point, but I'm really excited because I have big plans for it! I'm going to remove the gold paint and of course reupholster it. If this chair wasn't so unique in structure I would attempt to do it myself but I'm a little concerned that I may make too many mistakes and waste precious fabric. The fabric I'm using for the chair is more expensive than my usual, because I really want to make a good investment. In the end it is not going to be cheap, but it will be beautiful and exactly what I've always wanted - a handsome porter chair.
I'm leaning towards the dark mushroom colored brown velvet by Pollack Fabrics but I may go for the lighter mushroom colored one. It's composed of Bamboo, Linen and Cotton and it's finish is so chic! I'm planning to repaint the wood a light warm french gray - probably going to choose a Farrow & Ball color. (Here's a tip - buy two sample pots it will be more than enough paint to cover the whole chair and will cost less than $20!) For finishing details I'm going use dark brass nail heads just along the outside and back of the chair. The nail heads will definitely add to the cost but really, they'll be so chic. I'll post the progress soon. I've already met with the upholsterer, so I can assure you, it's in the works. Thanks for reading.