Before & After - My French Bergere Chair

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Have you ever noticed how time seems to fly by when you're doing something you love?  I've been putting in a lot of hours lately preparing things for the opening of my shop and rather than feeling tired, I feel energized and more inspired than ever!  Good thing - I have so many  projects waiting in the wings! This french bergere chair makeover has been languishing for months - I've had it partially torn apart and the fabric purchased since the summer.  I finally finished it up last week and wanted to share the fruits of my labor.


Here it is before - on second thought, during... 


The chair itself is in great shape, I just fell out of love with the blonde wood finish and the 90's upholstery.  


The chair got a light sanding, priming, painting and reupholstering with Braemore's Flowering Branch fabric.  I love this fabric and got it locally at Gifford Street Fabrics downtown.  







This was my most difficult reupholstery project yet. Even though I used the existing fabric to cut the pattern for the new upholstery, it was tough to get it to fit just right.  

I think the bloody thumb and the burn marks (they call it hot glue for a reason!) are worth it!  Yay me!

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38 comments:

SHERRY HART said...

WOW...I'm impressed you did that yourself. Looks great!

Kathysue said...

Kim that chair looks amazing!~! What a perfect fabric and paint color. You have a very good eye, Ms. Desing woman, Merry Christmas, xo Kathysue

Mary @ RoomPolish said...

oh.my.goodness Kim! SO lovely! You must be so proud---what a pretty chair, and you're right--you have the scars to prove your hard work!

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Love it! I do my own upholstery so I know how hard it can be on the hands! Where's it going?

Splendid Sass said...

Oh my gosh Kim! The refinishing and upholstery job are perfect. The fabric you used is stunning. Now...take a break and enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Teresa

walrus studio said...

That's amazing! I wish I knew how to do that!

Sherri Cassara said...

You did that yourself? Wow, I'm so impressed! And I have a lot of sympathy for you on the hot glue burns ... we did a lot of DIY projects for my daughter's wedding this summer and I have to say, I have a real love/hate thing with those glue guns!

Sara Mueller said...

It looks amazing! And great job on doing yourself. I actually took mine to the upholsters. I didn't even dared to do it myself. You did a wonderful job and looks great!

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Great job - you are so talented! Love the fabric. Hope your wounds were worth it:)

jandjhome said...

I am loving that fabric with the black. Awesome!

monkeygrasshill said...

Wow Kim that looks amazing! I love the fabric and changing from that blond wood made such an impact. You did a really good job too!

I'm impressed

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

The fabric is the perfect choice for the chair, just beautiful and you did a fabulous job with the upholstery, burns and all!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Fabulous job!! I take all of mine to the upholsterer because I am too scared to try what you can do so well!! Can't wait to see your store! Take care, Caroline

Jenny Castle Design said...

Can you say fabulous? Love the before and after, bravo!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Possibly my favorite chair re-do yet. Love it! The Roto Rooter van in the background was cracking me up.

My Interior Life said...

Wow! I wish I knew how to upholster. I know it's hard work (as evidenced by your injured hands), but the end product must be so rewarding. Great job . . . love the fabric!

Interior Design Musings said...

That chair is amazing. But more amazed at the moment that you did the reupholstery your self! I am crafty, but girl that puts me to shame! Did you have to take a class to learn how to do that?!! (not to mention the fabric selection and an eye for the darker wood). Love it. M.

kayce hughes said...

Well done! It looks fabulous!

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

Snazzy... this definitely updates the piece. Great job! I'd love to learn how to upholster. So far I've recovered some danish chairs.... but this project feels very daunting to me.

Biljana said...

Wonderful job, it looks so lovely, bravo:))
Greetings from Europe, Biljana

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Um I'm just gonna go ahead and say that this chair looks freakin' awesome!!!!!!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

It looks great! A modern update to a classic!

Hampton said...

did you reupholster that yourself? Pure genius! I wish I could do that--and the fabric is wonderful-reminds me of Flowering Quince from Clarence House-

Suite Styles said...

wow! what a stunning transformation! great job!

A Delightful Design said...

This is incredible! Bravo to you!
abby

chair up said...

That is one very gorgeous chair Kim. You have done a fabulous job!!!
I have a set of 6 very similar dining chairs I'm about to tackle. Hope they turn out half as good as yours.
Angex

Beth Dunn said...

Love that chair!
xoxo
SC

mydesignchic said...

What a great job...adore the fabric!!

classic casual home said...

NICE JOB! I have two bergere chairs I want to recover but would never have the guts to do it myself.
Mary Ann

Miles Of Style said...

wow!! im totally in awe of your DIY! it looks totally professional! i particularly love the oriental like print of the fabric you've chosen....great results sweetie!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Wonderful job on the chair!! Stunning. I have one here that I'm afraid to start. It would be great if it turned out so well.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Natalie said...

Just found your blog and it is fabulous Mrs. Chattafabulous! That chair looks amazing! I am so very impressed. I am getting ready to read back through some of your back posts!

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dovecote decor said...

its a masterpiece!
best,
liz

casey at loft and cottage said...

So beautiful! Absolutely love the fabric!

The Glam Lamb said...

lookin' good!!!

Andrea @ White Picket Fences said...

I am in love with that chair! It is fabulous! If it lived in my house I would add a bright green pillow and call it a day.

Evie said...

that looks amazing, great job!!

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