Calligraphy Chair

I am a HUGE fan of beautiful calligraphy.
I would LOVE to know how to actually do Spencerian script.
I bought my husband a beautiful fountain pen years ago and he just found it so I could try my hand at script writing…
I say “just” but it’s actually been weeks ago that he gave me the pen….
I just haven’t had time to play with it yet…sigh…

Soon…I hope…

In the meantime, I’ll satisfy myself with using some of the pretty calligraphy graphics I’ve collected from different sources.
One of my all time favorite sites is (of course) the Graphics Fairy.
Karen has a HUGE collection of graphics that she very generously shares with anyone!

When I found three of these chairs, I knew they needed to be made especially pretty.
The lines are so graceful…

No ornamentation meant I could go crazy with anything I wanted to add!

I painted it with a 50/50 mixture of ASCP Pure White and Paris Gray
and distressed with Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax.
I prefer this wax for any project I do using a gray tone because it has black undertones rather than brown as the AS dark Wax has.

I chose this calligraphy to use on the seat from my computer file.
First, I reversed the print and enlarged it on a laser printer.
Then, I transferred it to canvas using Citra-Solv.
I LOVE this method for transferring images to fabric. It’s super easy.
There are tutorials on the Graphics Fairy site.
I bought a small bottle of Citra-Solv a couple years ago. 
At the time I thought it was SO expensive. I think I’ve used maybe 1/2 cup total over the past two years and I’ve transferred TONS of images. 
The method uses VERY little of the product, so try your hand at it.
It smells just wonderful! Like oranges!

I used some fabric for the back which resembled grain sack fabric,
and made a trim using some of the smaller stripe portion of the fabric.

The back received the same treatment although it didn’t need trimming.

I am so pleased with how it turned out!
I’m working on a matching desk
I’ll show you that as soon as I finish!

This pair of shutters is going to get an advertising graphic eventually!
Hoping to get both pieces into the shop tomorrow!

How do you like it?


  1. I love it! The Blue is such a great contrast. The calligraphy print is great, What a great makeover!

  2. So beautiful, Lorainne. Love the chairs, the trim, the paint and the graphics. You did such a beautiful job. I would love you to share the chairs at Silver Pennies Sundays this sunday 🙂

  3. I have lots of questions about this…
    I can’t find Citra solve, do I live in the boonies?
    How to you get the trim to stay, glue, staples?
    You know I have that set of 6 chairs waiting to be redone, but I’m skerred. The backs are like your chair too – peeking through.


  4. I love it. And I have a huge bottle of citrasolv and have yet to use it. I can’t wait to try it.
    thanks for sharing – a new follower here from blogtalk. Love that that group of bloggers has opened a whole new bunch of talented people to follow.

  5. Adore it darling! Great job! I am so very eager to get to painting a few pieces for our cottage, but can not decided on color or just white… regular paint or chalk …so instead here I am just surfing blogger and all my fav pages such as yours and dreaming of one day….

  6. Beautiful, Lorraine! I LOVE it! Love the image you used and the fabric you used on the back.

  7. I love everything about this project! So Pretty!


  8. This is gorgeous. Love the fabric and that you used parts of it for the trim. Nice job!

  9. Looks great Mom! Where did you get the B&W fabric, I love that!

  10. I love it too just like everyone above has said. Where did you get that fabric? I would love to work with it. How is the trim attached? Thanks so much!

  11. So pretty! They are so great and unique!

  12. your chair is beautiful. I have never tried the citrasolv. curious now.

  13. i love how your chair turned out and i would love to feature it, if that would be ok with you please let me know,

  14. It turned out just beautiful – what a gorgeous transformation – love the graphic!!!
    Visiting from Graphics Fairy

  15. WOW this is beautiful! You did an amazing job!
    I would love if you link this to my party happening now!

  16. Kimberly Glinski…I couldn’t reply to you as you came through as a “no-reply” blogger….so I wanted to tell you that the black and white fabric is a tablecloth…I know, can you believe it? I shrunk it to thicken it up a bit and it was the perfect french look I needed!

  17. I have never used Citrasolv but now you have inspired me to try it. I love your chair. Fabulous.

  18. U did an amazing job!!

  19. So charming!!! I adore the calligraphy~ sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  20. Lorraine I just love this piece!!

  21. this is fabulous, what a beautiful job, you did!!

  22. I love this chair….great job…love that you made the trim out of the fabric. The graphic is fabulous. I need to find a tut on “how to” from downloading graphics to getting them on the fabric…as well as on wood. I’m sure it’s not that difficult …probably over thinking it. If anyone has a tut for a newbie…can you forward it to me? Anywho….darling chair…hope it sells fast.

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