White or Black

So, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew!  I bought a set of 6 dining chairs from a very popular classifieds website here in Hong Kong.  www.hongkong.asiaexpat.com  They were an absolute deal and the style was great BUT they were painted GOLD!!  My plan was to strip them and then paint them off-white.  I’ve also considered painting them a piano black finish, which is my husband’s vote.  I’ve only stripped 2 of the 6, which was not as easy as I had hoped.  It looks like the wood is possibly mahogany which was a nice surprise.  So I guess the third option would be to stain them.  What do you think?  Maybe I should take a vote: Off-white, Piano black, or a dark stain?  Once the gold paint is COMPLETELY removed and they have been refinished they will need new seats and seat back.  I think I’ll let someone else tackle that part. The next question will be what fabric to use for reupholstery.  Hmmm…so many possibilities.

So, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew!  I bought a set of 6 dining chairs from a very popular classifieds website here in Hong Kong.  www.hongkong.asiaexpat.com  They were an absolute deal and the style was great BUT they were painted GOLD!!  My plan was to strip them and then paint them off-white.  I’ve also considered painting them a piano black finish, which is my husband’s vote.  I’ve only stripped 2 of the 6, which was not as easy as I had hoped.  It looks like the wood is possibly mahogany which was a nice surprise.  So I guess the third option would be to stain them.  What do you think?  Maybe I should take a vote: Off-white, Piano black, or a dark stain?  Once the gold paint is COMPLETELY removed and they have been refinished they will need new seats and seat back.  I think I’ll let someone else tackle that part. The next question will be what fabric to use for reupholstery.  Hmmm…so many possibilities.

I love the American design magazine Veranda.  Click on the picture above for more from interior designer Melanie Turner.  I love this dining room and the rest of the house in the cover story “Comfortable Glamour”, September 2010.  The yellow contrast back fabric is so fresh yet sophisticated.  Just a little punch of color.

I love the American design magazine Veranda.  Click on the picture above for more from interior designer Melanie Turner.  I love this dining room and the rest of the house in the cover story “Comfortable Glamour”, September 2010.  The yellow contrast back fabric is so fresh yet sophisticated.  Just a little punch of color.

For more pictures from this Park Avenue Apartment visit http://www.ppapc.com/ This is also from Veranda, April 2011.  The interior architect is Peter Pennoyer Architects and the interior designer is David Kleinberg, click on the picture to go his website.  This entire apartment really inspired me on a recent project that I  just completed here in Hong Kong.  Can’t wait to share the photos.

For more pictures from this Park Avenue Apartment visit http://www.ppapc.com/ This is also from Veranda, April 2011.  The interior architect is Peter Pennoyer Architects and the interior designer is David Kleinberg, click on the picture to go his website.  This entire apartment really inspired me on a recent project that I  just completed here in Hong Kong.  Can’t wait to share the photos.

I love this pair of black chairs too!  This is from Jennifer Smokler Interiors.  Click on the picture to see more of her beautiful work. At this rate I think I should add bare wood with a hint of gold distressing as a fourth option!  Let me know your vote on my facebook poll.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beverly-McCloskey-Interiors

I love this pair of black chairs too!  This is from Jennifer Smokler Interiors.  Click on the picture to see more of her beautiful work.

At this rate I think I should add bare wood with a hint of gold distressing as a fourth option!  Let me know your vote on my facebook poll.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beverly-McCloskey-Interiors