Today I am so excited to share my French Provincial Chair makeover with you! I’m excited mostly because they are done! As you can see by the preview photo, this story has a happy ending. But it wasn’t without a few bumps (and blisters) in the road.
My Mom and I spied these chairs at an estate sale last Friday. We passed on them, knowing they required a lot of work, but she had a change of heart and went back for them on Saturday. Luckily everything was 50% 0ff and she scored these two beauties for $55 for the pair! However, they did not work in the space she was envisioning them in, and she dropped them off to me the next day.
I knew I just had to use these as my project for our Furniture Revivals theme for this month’s Get Your DIY On party, but I seriously underestimated the amount of time it would take to redo them.
Here they are as we found them:
If you look closely, you might be able to tell they were painted. They did an awful job…
I was unable to remove the smeared paint without messing up the finish, so I painted out the frames.
And here is the big makeover:
This is the same fabric I used on my Desk Chair and the Dresser I redid with fabric inlay on the drawers. It is perfect because while it still has a neutral feel, the color and pattern hide a multitude. It has held up extremely well on my desk chair. It is a heavier weight decorator fabric I found at Hancock Fabrics. It normally retails for $29.99 a yard, but I was lucky to find it at 50% off and had a 20% off the total purchase coupon. I think I used about a yard and a half for each chair.
I am so in love with these chairs. I have been guarding them like crazy from my claw-happy cat and Cheetos-fingered four-year old. This was no easy undertaking. I thought (actually I wasn’t thinking at all) that I could just cover over the existing upholstery.
Easy as pie. I got right to it painting out the frame before I got started on the fabric part.
Perfect…except um…there is no way to cover over the side panels that are attached to the inside frame. Ugh. So I pulled, yanked, cursed, tugged, cursed at a gazillion staples that were holding this thing together.
I even threw in some of this action:
I had to use my leg for leverage. Two hours later…
I was done…with one chair. Are you kidding, I have another whole chair to go?? I couldn’t be satisfied with one chair for my big reveal, Oh No that wasn’t good enough. I MUST have two chairs.
And so I continued…yanking, pulling, cursing, tugging, cursing… I woke up to this on Tuesday morning:
Actually two like this. I worked feverishly the entire day…
Learning as I went of course because that’s how I do…
It was kind of fun to see it all come back together. I even made my own double welt cording to save money.
I took photos of every step and if anyone is curious to see the entire process, I will be more than happy to put it together for you. Just leave me a note in the comments. If you are looking to tackle a similar project, here are a few suggestions:
- Take photos of each step as you remove the old upholstery to reference when it’s time to reupholster.
- Mark each piece before you remove anything:
- Use these pieces as pattern pieces for your new upholstery.
- Paint AFTER you remove the old upholstery. (Some idiot out there might try to paint it first.)
- Wear work gloves to prevent blisters. (Trust me…or gardening gloves…hey it was all I had.)
If you see how everything comes apart, as long as you have lots of photos to refer back to, you should be able to piece it back together. I used the same foam and batting since it was in decent shape (and free).
I’m sure I saved a lot by making my own double welt cording, but there are a trims you can purchase too if you prefer that look and don’t want to bother with sewing your own.
Fifteen hours later, I was done. Marathon upholstery I tell ya! But I am SO thrilled with the results!
Beautiful details along the front…
I used my DIY chalk paint left over from the Desk I just completed with French graphics. I sanded a bit and waxed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax, followed by a very light amount of dark wax. You almost can’t even see it in the photos, but you can in real life.
I love the peek-a-boo panels on the sides and back…
I’d love to keep them right here in my dining room, but did I mention I have a claw-happy cat and a Cheetos-fingered four year-old? These will be heading to my booth. 🙂
To see more of the how-to for these chairs, click here.
To see my tutorial for double welting, click here.
My awesome Get Your DIY On co-hosts were busy with furniture makeovers of their own:
A Gold and White Dresser by Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog
Chalkboard Table Makeover by April at House by Hoff
The fun starts this Sunday, November 2nd at 7:00pm EST.
Come link up any furniture makeover project or just come by to get inspired!
I will not be reupholstering anything anytime soon, I can promise you that! I need to at least lose the permanent staple gun grip from my right hand first.
Have you ever reupholstered anything? Did it go well?
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