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Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, upholstery

French Chair Makeovers - Miss Mustard Seed

I told you there were lots of furniture makeovers on the way!  Here’s another one…

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Remember this pair of French chairs?  I found them on Craig’s List for a good price and they were in really nice condition.  A reader asked why I don’t just leave them alone.  It’s true, I could probably sell them as is, but they aren’t really “me.”  Why does that matter if I’m selling them?  It matters because people aren’t just buying a French chair or a dresser from me.  They can buy those from any vendor at Lucketts.  What they can buy from me is something with my style stamp on it.  Plus, I want my booth to be full of things I love and would use in my own home, not things that are just nice.

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So, Cari stripped them and pulled out the thousands of decorative tacks to get them ready for me.  The foam was in fine condition, but it was a little hard, so I added some more batting.  The nail head trim was also in grooves around the arms and I didn’t really like how that looked, so I filled those in to make the chair seat look fuller…if that makes sense.  I upholstered them in antique grain sacks with a French General blue & white fabric on the backs.  I like adding that little surprise in the style of chair.  They are trimmed out in ivory gimp from onlinefabricstore.net, which is just hot-glued on.

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The wood frames were a little worn, but still in beautiful condition, so I left them alone.  I really like how the wood plays against the cream grain sack and contrasts the painted pieces in my booth.

As a recap – before…

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…and after…

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If you’re interested to see my process, you can check out all of my upholstery-related posts HERE.

Off to do more…

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