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French Chair Makeover

I have coveted and longed for and sighed over French chairs for years.  They were always too expensive for me.  This fall…it was finally my time.  I was able to have the first pick of furniture out of a storage unit that was full of antiques and French provincial furniture.  When these two chairs came out, I knew they would be mine.  I was paranoid that someone would rear end the truck on the way home and turn them into toothpicks or that someone would steal them out of the truck bed while it was in the church parking lot for 30 minutes.  I wanted these chairs in my house that second. 
I had to put them on the back burner for a while, but I finally got around to painting and reupholstering them this past week.  They really weren’t bad to start off with.  I actually liked the bird fabric, but it was faded and it didn’t go well with my curtains.  I wanted them to look bright and simple. 
Oh yes…just what I pictured when I bought them. 
These chairs are actually fairly simple to reupholster, since the upholstery work is done in panels.  I removed all of the fabric and staples from the chair and then painted the frame in three layers of paint and glaze.  Drop cloth fabric imitates more expensive linen or hemp and it’s finished off with simple white trim. 
I am over the moon with how they turned out…
…and they make the room. 

A tutorial on the process is just around the corner.  More living room details to come!
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  1. Simply stunning….you are such an inspiration! Merry Christmas!

  2. I cannot wait for a tutorial! I also have been obsessed with these chairs for a long time, but I have no idea how to redo them and they are so expensive to buy new! Yours are so stunning!! ~Christie

  3. wait wait!
    In the tutorial will you be discussing what you did to the seat cushion? It looks like you replaced it…that's my problem with tackling upholstery projects. So often the seat cushions have to be totally replaced, and by the time you're done with it, you could have bought brand new chairs for the same price! I am sooo struggling with this.

  4. Your chairs are absolutely fabulous! One would never guess by looking at the photos that they are upholstered in dropcloth fabric.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Hugs, Cindy

  5. I am of course echoing what everyone has already said. Sigh. Gorgeous. Did you learn to upholster somewhere or are you just an amazing seamstress? Is there hope for me?
    Blessings and Merry Christmas!

  6. Lucky you for finding such great chairs, and having the ability to turn them into such beautiful pieces for your home. How is it that you get first pick at a storage unit full of furniture?!

  7. PLEASE don't sell these! Don't be tempted (unless someone offers you one million dollars-said in my best Dr. Evil impression). Love it, and they absolutely do make the room. Looking forward to the tute.

  8. Yes indeed, they complete your beautiful room. They look fabulous!

  9. Wow! Very impressive, and completely gorgeous! Well worth the wait, I'd say! :)

  10. Loving the way your chairs turned out!
    Merry Christmas!

  11. They look fantastic! I have two small chairs from my mom's house to redo. Maybe after the holidays. You have inspired me. Did you save the bird fabric? Maybe you could use a piece of the unfaded part for a pillow or other project.

  12. They are gorgeous! I love the finish you gave them!

  13. These are unbelievable! You are such a talented lady, a true genius. Can't wait for the tutorial even though it is a bit ambitious for me (and I don't have any French style furniture!).
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  14. Hello Marian,
    I just love your chairs!
    You did a beautiful job. I wish I lived by you……
    I tried to reupholster my chair… I ended up having to wrap a sheet around it for about two years before finding someone who could reupholster it for a reasonable price. Your chairs look amazing! You can do anything!!!!
    Also that last picture is way too sweet!
    Merry Christmas!
    Thank you for all of your support you have given me this year!
    Take Care,

  15. The chairs are stunning!! I love them!!
    Love the photos too!
    Merry Christmas

  16. Turkish perfeck chair models. :) is good chair models.

  17. These are so gorgeous I sighed out loud. I hope you enjoy every second of seeing / sitting in them.

  18. They absolutely make the room…..they are lovely, and you did a fabulous job….happy holidays!…smiles.

  19. Do you wash and iron the drop cloths first or just wash them? At, I think I will use them to reupholster a love seat for the sitting area in our new kitchen.

  20. Just found your blog and Just can't wait for the tutorials on slipcovers and upholstering!!!! Fabulous!

  21. Ok, so ummm … how easy did you make this look!?!?! I feel like I could do this, now!! :) I just saw you're in Gettysburg. I don't know where that is in relation to Chadds Ford, but we go there often to visit Winterthur. Anyway – love this! You're so talented!

  22. stunning! would love a tutorial, especially specifics about the painting process – thanks!

  23. Lilly's Originals says:

    These are absolutely beautiful. I have two of them for my beach house that are currently in a fuzzy gold striped velvet and this is exactly what I have been looking for! Love your blog and can’t wait until the tutorial. Thank you!!

  24. Hello – Thank you for this lovely post and inspiration. Can you please send the link to the tutorial you refer to? Love it!

  25. Rhonda says:

    I just LOVE how the chairs look. Now I’m going to be on the look out for a pair of my own to do. Thanks so much for sharing the inspiration.

  26. Janick says:

    Your chairs are gorgeous! Could you please let me know where I can find your tutorial?
    Thank you!


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