French Chair Makeover

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 already had some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and wax on hand – appropriately the color is called Paris Grey.

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?

I love comments (and I never share your email address) –  so don’t be shy!


You might also enjoy these makeovers:

1.  Vintage Lyre Chair

2.  Bonjour Blue Chair

3.  Berry Blush Chair

4.  Bright & Colorful Chair

5.  French Bench

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7 Comments on French Chair Makeover

  1. Carol
    January 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm (5 years ago)

    I love your French chair, it is perfect!

  2. Crystal
    January 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm (5 years ago)

    I love it!! Love the Paris material! The chair is beautiful!! Great job!!

  3. Marcia
    January 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful! Nice job.

  4. Lee Ann
    January 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm (5 years ago)

    So pretty! Did you also wax the cane portion. If so was that tricky?

    • Jen
      January 14, 2014 at 11:44 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Lee Ann! I did wax the cane portion because I didn’t want the color to be slightly duller than the rest of the chair. However I used the wax very sparingly, and only used the dark wax in a few small areas.

  5. Brittony
    April 1, 2014 at 9:26 am (5 years ago)

    Do you not have to sand down this wood furniture pieces before painting them? I notice you don’t mention that stage on many pieces.

    • Jen
      April 1, 2014 at 11:44 pm (5 years ago)

      Brittony, to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint it’s not required to sand the piece in order for the paint to adhere to the surface. I typically only sand if the surface is rough and scratched up- and after the first coat of paint I’ll lightly sand to smooth out any bumps since I can be a sloppy painter. 🙂


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