I finished a french chair makeover this week, and I love they way they turned out! I have an ongoing project list with pieces of furniture (especially chairs) that need some kind of makeover. This pair of antique Louis XV French chairs have been on the list for awhile.
When I found them at a local antique market, they were upholstered in white fabric with black polka dots. The fabric was perfectly fine, just not my taste, and I knew that sooner or later I would give them a little makeover that was more in line with my style.
This is what they looked like when I brought them home.
And this is what they look like now after their makeover.
For this makeover, I decided to use an antique hemp sheet that I purchased several months ago.
I love the neutral color, and the texture of old French textiles, and they are perfect for upholstery projects.
I removed the old welting, and since the polka dot fabric was still in wonderful condition, I simply upholstered right over the top of it.
This makeover was pretty easy and simple to do because I used my glue gun upholstery method! That’s right……I applied the new upholstery with a glue gun!
I tried this method two years ago on a loveseat, and today, two years later, it still looks amazing!
We use the loveseat daily and none of the fabric has pulled loose, so I decided to use the glue gun upholstery method on this pair of french chairs as well.
The chairs and caning are in wonderful condition with only minor chipping to the gilding, so I really didn’t need to do anything to the frame.
They are gilded and fancy!
I wanted to add a little embellishment to the chair, so I stenciled a crown and laurel wreath with gilding paint onto the back.
Maybe it was the royal wedding that influenced me!
The chairs will be going into the master bedroom for one of the final touches in it’s refresh.
Upholstering these fancy gilded chairs with such a rustic fabric is perfectly my style, and I love the way they turned out.
Even hubby commented that he really liked them….and Miss RubyLou loves anything fancy!