Monday, April 16, 2012

French Louis Chair Makeover (for Sale)

I was lucky to buy a set of 11 French chairs a while ago. The guy selling them had been planning to restore them himself but ended up moving overseas for work and decided against transport them to Germany.  I had them sitting in my shed for ages as it seemed a bit daunting to upholster all 11. Then I had an email from a woman in Far North Queensland looking for a set of French chairs that she could refurbish herself.  So I on-sold 6, and suddenly had a much more manageable number to makeover.  I have decided to reupholster and sell separately.  


If you are interested in buying this please send me an email.
Here is the first that I have finished.  It would make a beautiful desk or bedroom chair.  The damask is beautiful - a lovely muted bluey grey with a pale gold background.  The chair is solid and sound. You can tell this is not a modern reproduction as it is heavy. It has beautiful carvings on it for a very French flair.  


Here are some close ups of the details:
  

 The back

Here is a photo of the chair in natural light to show the colours of it. This was before I added all the braid.
I'll add a before photo tomorrow when I can find it but the chair was dark brown wood with red velvet upholstery. Not in very good shape.

cheers Fiona


22 comments:

  1. You've done an amazing job with this chair. That fabric is just gorgeous. I'm your newest GFC and facebook follower. Megan

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  2. Very pretty!! :) I love the fabric!

    -Jessica @ Nouvelle Vie Furniture

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    1. thanks Jessica. it suits the chair doesnt it! i appreciate your comment.

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  3. Beautiful fabric choice and trim. Great job!

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    1. thanks Jen - I actually dyed the trim in a tea solution as it was too shiny white initially. love how it turned out.

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  4. Fiona you are super talented this chair is gorgeous. Have a great day. Sandy xx

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  5. Lovely! I'll keep it mind especially if I can pass on some business.

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    1. thanks so much! that's really lovely of you.

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  6. It seems much easier to reupholster so many chairs when you're doing each differently! Love this!

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    1. thanks Kenzie - and it means I can use material from my stash rather than buying more....

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  7. You did a beautiful job on the chair. I love that fabric.

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    1. thanks Peggy - I've got so many chairs to make over at the moment. luckily I love chairs!

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    1. thanks Cassie - it sure is glam -quite different to my normal style but looks good.

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  9. I love it! One of my goals is to learn how to give chairs - with fabric - new life. Beautiful!

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    1. thanks Amy, it's very worthwhile learning how to upholster yourself. It costs a fortune to get it done and really it's not too difficult. i think the trick is to get the tension of the material just right. not too tight and definitely not loose. good luck with trying it out and let me know how you go!
      cheers Fiona

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  10. Hi, Fiona!
    Just came over from Miss Mustard Seed Link Party!
    I loved your chair!!!!

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    1. hi Claudine - don't you just LOVE MMS! she's amazing.
      Thanks so much for commenting and following along. I hope you enjoy your time looking around.
      cheers Fiona

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  11. Such a nice idea to renovate the chairs and make it so beautiful.Nice designs and color with this chairs.It look so different after renovate it.

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  12. Fiona this is just so gorgeous, thanks for linking up!

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  13. Hey Fiona, have you got any of the unrenovated chairs left? I have a zebra skin that I'd like to use to upholster a French Louis. Cheers, Dan

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