I’m a bit of a chair addict….there’s just something about chairs that I love!  So when my in-laws gave us these gorgeous and incredibly comfortable family heirlooms, I was beyond thrilled.  I kept them in my home as-is for many years, but I knew that they needed to be reupolstered and refinished, a project I embarked on in 2013 and now, they’re finally done!  It’s only been four-and-a-half years but who’s counting?!



You can get all of the details about this history {HERE} but to give you an idea as to what they used to look like, here they are in all their glory!


My original plan was to re-stain them, so I worked tirelessly with Q-Tips and toothpicks to remove the original coats of stains from all of the nooks and crannies.


Once down to bare wood, I was amazed at the difference, but I also grew to love the lighter color.



Then, one day while browsing Art of Salvage, a favorite vendor of mine at the Alameda Point Antique Fair, I finally worked up the courage to ask the owner, Michael, if he’d be willing to refinish and reupholster my chairs for me.  Thankfully, he said yes!  After seeing his work, I knew that I wanted the chairs painted, not stained, and didn’t trust myself to such an important job.  You won’t believe how these beauties turned out!  They don’t even look like the same chairs, right?



TIDBITS&TWINE Master Bedroom Mantel with French chairs



I chose to use two different but coordinating fabrics.  The front of the chairs is a small-weave, linen-like material, while the back is reminiscent of burlap, but mush softer and more elegant.  I’m a sucker for chairs upholstered with two different fabrics!

Antique chair french style makeover with two fabrics


And can we talk for a minute about the carved details?!  I love how they pop with their new paint finish…

Chalk painted antique chair

Antique chair chalk paint french style


The new look of these chairs is much softer and more in keeping with the rest of my bedroom as you can see from this sneak peek of my nightstands, now complete with mirrors that I purchased from Art of Salvage.  I know I’ve shared this picture on Facebook, but this might be a first for the site…

TIDBITS&TWINE French master bedroom


Michael from Art of Salvage also made me two custom-stenciled lumbar pillows for the chairs.  They are so soft and gorgeous, but as you can tell from the photos, I sometimes change them out depending on the season….or my mood!

Someday {hopefully soon}, I’ll share my entire bedroom with you!







21 comments on “Antique Chair Makeover – REVEAL!”

  1. KNOCK ME OVER!! They are AMAZING and you’re so right, don’t even look like the same chairs. You did find a treasure in Michael!! Stunning! Speechless!

    Get on the rest of that room, so we can see it! The little “hints” are fantastic!!

  2. Absolutely amazing. The paint job is outstanding with the two different tone on tone paint finishes. I’m dazzled at his artistry.

  3. Oh my goodness, what a magical transformation. In the ‘before’ state, I would not have given it a second thought, but, WOW!! I totally LOVE the outcome! Great job. Now it I could just find a chair in the ‘raw’ like those babies..

  4. Those chairs are just stunning! It takes time to figure out which way you want to go with a project…right? We’re talking quality, not quantity. I don’t procrastinate…I just ponder…HA!!

  5. I too have a passion for chairs and tend to have unfinished projects: witness the 10 (that’s ten) dining chairs in various stages of refinish/upholstery. I may have to take a page from your book and send them out.
    Michael did a fabulous job and I love the colors and textures. Very similar to what I’m doing (still doing) to my dining room chairs. And oh yes, I am also a sucker for more than one fabric on a chair.
    And those mirrors – swoon worthy.

  6. Oh, these are so beautiful, you saved their style and made them better. He did a wonderful job. Thanks, now to see the rest of your bedroom.

  7. Oh my goodness, Kim. Those chairs are screaming, “We are fabulous!!” They really do look beautiful and are amazing in your home.

    Deb :-)

  8. Oh wow, they turned out so beautiful! I love the original wood, the bare wood, and the painted wood…they are just gorgeous chairs no matter what! I have a thing for chairs too. You have some real treasures here. Great makeovers!
    I would love for you to link up this post tomorrow at Thursday Favorite Things. The party goes live at 9:00 a.m. EST. Hope to see you there!

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