It’s easy to give an ugly French chair a new look with updated upholstery!
Have you ever seen an ugly, worn french chair at a flea market, estate sale, or thrift store, and walked right past it, not giving it a second look? I definitely have!
However, if it’s a french chair, I always give even the ugliest ones a thorough inspection.
Sometimes, if the “bones” are good, all the chair will need is some new clothes.
Such is the case with this antique french bergere chair.
I found it at one of my favorite estate sales many months ago, and she was sadly neglected with rips, fraying, and staining to the old fabric.
There was even a huge stain on the back that someone had covered with an old crocheted doily in an effort to hide it.
The frame was in pretty good shape though, and was painted a creamy off white with natural distressing from years of use. And, it was only $38.00!
After checking the springs to make sure they were still in good shape, I decided that she would be perfect for a little makeover.
Hubby thought I was nuts when told him that I wanted to buy it.
However, I know what bergere chairs sell for, and knew that she would be gorgeous with just a little bit of love.
I used a beautiful toile fabric from Hobby Lobby that has perfect shades of blue in it.
The fabric also has sweet images of precious sheep, which are a weakness of mine.
I used this fabric to upholster the inside back and sides.
I also used an antique German grain sack for the exterior sides, back, and arms.
An upholstery grade burlap covers the bottom section under the cushion.
I wanted to make a slipcover for the cushion so that I could take it off and wash it when needed and loved the idea of using an old white quilt.
It just so happened that I had a large antique quilt that belonged to Evelyn, my sweet mother in law.
The quilt was in terrible condition with rips and tears, but was in a beautiful shade of white.
I had been saving it for awhile thinking I would find something to use it for, and decided this was the perfect project.
I was able to salvage a section large enough to make the cushion’s slipcover.
I finished it off with nail head trim all around, leaving the wood finish as found, because I loved the timeworn look that it had.
So the next time you’re at an estate sale, flea market, or thrift store and you see an ugly french chair…..take a second look…and imagine it with new clothes.
You just might end up with a beauty!
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