Things are finally warming up here (well 30 degrees is definitely warmer than -10!) and I’ve been working on a few new projects that I’m excited to share with you guys over the next couple weeks. Today I have a French chair makeover to show you, and this is one of those pieces that was really hard for me to say goodbye to! I just love the soft romantic look of it.
I found this at the thrift store on 50% off day. I love when that happens!
This cane back chair deserved an elegant makeover, so of course I chose a French theme. 😉 (I kind of have a French obsession since I’ve been fortunate to visit there twice.) I found the perfect fabric at Hobby Lobby. I centered it over the seat and cut it, leaving several extra inches around the sides.
Then I flipped it over and folded the fabric back before stapling, making sure not to cover the screw holes. (See this tutorial for another in-depth chair reupholster makeover.)
Don’t forget to pull the fabric tight across when you’re stapling. Here’s the finished seat:
I gave the chair a couple coats of paint and it was looking pretty crisp.
To give it a more vintage look, I aged the chair by using both clear and dark wax. (Here is my tutorial for how to give furniture an aged look.) Then I screwed the seat back on and voila – a French masterpiece.
Here is a closer look at how I aged the chair in certain places. It just makes it look more authentic now- like it has a long and exciting history to share.
My husband surprised me and had these flowers delivered when he was on a business trip. (Thanks again honey!) They’re a gorgeous burst of color in these photos.
What do you think – too Frenchie, or just enough?
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