Before & After - French Armchairs

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Do you remember this post about 4 weeks ago when I got these chairs while thrifting?  




Anyway, I got a pair of these and overall they were in great condition.  Not sure what type of wood that frame is made of,  but the grain is/was lovely, all of the joints were tight and (I think)  the chairs have beautiful lines.  So let the makeover begin!



Here they are, stripped of the navy blue vinyl fabric (picture the upholstery at your local Denny's) and sanded.  Once I got the chairs torn apart, I found that the seat cushions were pretty much shot.  All of the stuffing was wadded up and  hanging well below its intended location.  Rather than try and rebuild the original cushions, I asked  the husband  to cut  new platforms for the seat cushions from some plywood we had in our garage.  After numerous requests, he finally complied (thanks, babe!)



Lovely, right?  I forgot to take a photo of the chairs with primer, but there is primer under this paint.




Ready to cut the foam from a pattern I made with the cut plywood seat.



Two layers of foam topped with two layers of batting.  I used some spray adhesive to keep the foam from sliding off the plywood.



The fabric is cut and stapled over the foam and batting to the bottom of the cushion, then attached to the chair with the screws that held the original seat cushion in place. And here they are finished!






And here is something unexpected...



I upholstered the back of the chairs with some fabric I had leftover from this makeover!










I'm sharing my project on Metamorphasis Monday.  If you love a good before & after, head over there and check them out!


Hope your week is vibrant!



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24 comments:

Everton Terrace said...

They look FANTASTIC. Love the different backs - so playful. Colors are fab, great job!!!

Sharon @ Real Estate Resuscitation said...

Lovely! Those chairs look so much happier now...much fresher.

Kathysue said...

what a great makeover!!! They look so fresh and so TODAY instead of yesterday. Love the fabric and the different one on the back really gives them that special TODAY look. Great job!! No where are these beauties going to go??? HAPPY MONDAY!! Kathysue
PS I just posted some black and white thrifting finds on my blog!!

Mom2boys said...

LOVE these chairs. I like to transform chairs too but don't think I've done any that I like as much as yours! Awesome job!!! I can't wait to see your other posts!
Lori

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This looks Fabulous!!! LOVE IT! And that fabric?? Stunning!!

I was i Chattanooga Saturday with my husband. We went shopping and just spent the day and had a blast!!

Lou Cinda :)

Vanessa@decor happy said...

What a transformation. I love the fabric - great job!

Style Attic said...

OK, that is a job well done! Love the surprise element...very chic :) Did you hand paint, use a spray gun to paint the chairs?

Pemberley said...

Well done! Love the two different fabrics. Did you you oil paint or acrylic? Stop on by and check out my Met Monday.

monkeygrasshill said...

THEY ARE SOOOOO CUTE! I love everything you did to them.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

They are so pretty now. I love the use of two different fabrics. It's like a little surprise when you pull the chair out!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Amazing, and I love the different back fabric, that was so clever! They are gorgeous, and I loved the line "picture the vinyl at your local Denny's," I LOL'ed! XO!

this free bird said...

These are just absolute beautiful and I love the backs - LOVE LOVE LOVE

You did such a terrific job with them!

xo,
carrie

Ms. Pink said...

these look amazing!

mp
http://www.thepinkandblueblog.com/

Jen said...

Oh my gosh, what a transformation!! Those chairs are beautiful! You rock, girl!

Sharlotte said...

Great job! I love these chairs...their shape and that fabric! Thanks for sharing.
Sharlotte

pk @ Room Remix said...

They turned out great, Kim! So fresh and fun with the two fabrics. Love the shape too!

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

arrrgghh, that's amazing!! i love what you've done with these, especially the back panel! v.cool!!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Wonderful job!! You are truly blessed with these skills!! Take care, Caroline

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow said...

gasp! i don't know whether to be jealous of those great chairs or the fact that your husband can cut a new seat! beautiful job!

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

the back is by far my favorite part!! Excellent job :)

Laura said...

Those are beautiful! I have to ask where did you find that chevron fabric? I love it!! I have been looking for a bright outdoor fabric!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

So pretty, love the fabric!

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

i love how they turned out and the backs are my favorite part!

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