Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone! I wish I had something “Thanksgiving-ish” to share today…but I don’t! Instead, I bring you the story of a sad and tired antique Louis XV chair (much more fun in my opinion ) I came across this old, tattered chair a few weeks ago on my street believe it or not! Someone had actually set this antique out to be sent to the dump! I can understand their thinking given the condition of the chair when I found it. The upholstery was torn apart, the wood full of dings and chips; it seemed helpless…but not to me! I grabbed the chair and brought it straight home. This antique Louis XV chair (one of my favorite chair styles) was beautiful in it’s day, and it was my mission to save it and turn it into something amazing again.
Here’s how the chair looked like when I picked it up:
The first thing I did when I got the chair home was to repair the wood where it had been dinged, dented and chipped. I used wood filler, let it cure and then sanded it down.
Next, I carefully removed all of the upholstery, making sure to keep it in tact so that it could be used as a template for the new fabric. This process was far from a walk in the park. I’m talking about hundreds of nail heads and tacks, never mind the decades of funk that had accumulated under the fabric…YUCK
Once all the fabric was removed, I noticed that the chair was a little wobbly in spots, so I reinforced those areas with clamps, wood glue and a nail gun. This is where Brett comes in and makes my life a little easier with his handy tools
Now the chair was ready for it’s paint job! I used a two coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Simply White chalk + clay paint on the chair, followed by two coats of CeCe’s satin finish. This gave the chair some depth and a silky smooth finish. I’m a big fan of using lighter colors on detailed pieces, I think it really helps accentuate the quality of workmanship and ornate carvings.
Last, I used the old fabric pieces to trace templates for the the new upholstery on the chair. I chose to use a big, bold black & white hounds tooth fabric. I love hounds tooth right now, it makes such a statement, especially on a beautiful antique piece like my Louis XV chair.
I good 6 hours later (these things are time consuming, but SO worth it ), I’d completed the hounds tooth upholstery on the chair. The last step was to line the exposed areas with black trim. I used fabric adhesive to apply the trim.
Finally, this tired old Louis XV chair was finished with it’s transformation! Here it is!
I’d say that my mission was successful! One more time, here’s the “before & after” transformation shot…
What do you think of this chair’s transformation? Share your throughts and rate it below!
You can find this chair available for sale on pickleeonspring.com!
Have a safe & happy Thanksgiving, everyone!